Krishna played an important part in Hindu epic Mahabharata as a guiding force to the Pandava princes, including Arjuna (seen above). This is a Sandalwood, teakwood and ivory structure depicting Krishna in Kurukshetra (20th century AD, Mysore)

Nrityagopala or dancing Krishna was a theme popular with artists. Here, Balakrishna (Krishna in childhood) is seen dancing with a butterball (bronze, 16th century AD, Karnataka).

Shringar Rasa is an erotic sentiment linked with passionate stories in Indian arts. This painting of Krishna and Radha (his love) is symbolic of the same. Lila Hava — exchange of clothes, Pahari, Garhwal (18th century AD). TEXT AND PICS/DHARA VORA