Exhibitions: Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior

Krishna is the most popular of Vishnu’s avatars, and many of his followers believe that he is far more than an avatar.  Krishna lives on earth as a prince, but he grows up in a pastoral community.  Like many herdsmen, Krishna plays the flute. His divine music has a mesmerizing effect, particularly over women, although animals and even rivers are also said to stop what they are doing in order to listen. Many texts describe the gopis, or milkmaids, stumbling through the woods toward the music’s source. Here they surround the flute-playing god, worshipping him, flirting with him, and adoring his beauty.