The Coming of the Black Bee <i>Seeing Krishna</i>

Margaret H. Case

in Seeing Krishna

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780195130102
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848713 | DOI:
The Coming of the Black Bee Seeing Krishna

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The first appearance of the black bee (bhramara) in Jaisingh Gherā, was during the final hours of preparation for an aṣṭayāma līlā, an enactment on stage of a day in the eternal life of Krishna. The stories of Krishna's deeds in Vraja provide the material for a rich variety of the living arts all over India—painting, sculpture, and dance. They are for millions of people the spiritual “glue” that holds together individuals and families and eases the frictions of family life. Krishna had one trait besides his extraordinary feats in vanquishing demons that led other cowherd men to suspect that the child was very special. His nature was such that all people of Vraja loved him as if he were their own son.

Keywords: Jaisingh Gherā; black bee; bhramara; aṣṭayāma līlā; Krishna

Chapter.  7750 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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