Gajendra Moksha
Title Gajendra Moksha
Accession Number 62-1803
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Paintings
Object Type Painting
Component Material II Paper
Medium Paintings
Main Artist Not known
Origin Place Rajasthan
Find Place Kotah
Style Rajasthan
School Rajasthan
Period / Year of Work C. 1750 c.e.
Inscription no
Dimensions 35.5 x 23.5 c.m.
Brief Description This painting is based on an episode from the eighth chapter of the Bhagavata Purana. It is said, Indradyumna, a devotee of Vishnu, was transformed into an elephant by the curse of sage Agastya. Once the elephant Indradyumna was drinking water in the lake of Mount Rikuta where a large crocodile caught Indradyumna by his leg and began to drag him into the water. In despair Indradyumna prayed to Vishnu to rescue him. Vishnu emerged on the scene and killed the crocodile thus saving the elephant. Indradyumna was redeemed from the cycle of birth and death and attained Moksha.Instead of one white elephant the painter has painted two more black elephants to give greater emphasis to Indradyumna. Garuda has been painted with great prominence for two reasons - one for balancing space and the other because Garuda was the emblem of Kotah state. The use of bright colours, the expression of motion, agony and pain and the emergence of lord Vishnu are skilfully painted.