Namaste Manonatha Prabhuji,
First of all, your website is simply breathtaking; thank you so much for presenting all of this nectar to the global community!
I was just wondering: In this exquisitely beautiful painting on this page–
Is that Sri Radha whom Sri Krishna is teaching to play the flute, or is it Sri Chandravali?
Once again, my dandavat-pranams to you, and I look forward to hearing back from you whenever you may find a convenient moment to reply.
Dear *** Prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Thank you for your compliments. We like them a lot because it means that we are doing something good and so we feel encouraged to continue.
It is not known who the female protagonist of that painting was because the pastime therein illustrated is enacted with different personalities. We certainly know that Radharani sometimes steals or just takes the flute from Krishna and plays it, wonderfully well of course. But there are also other stories where Krishna’s flute is played by other Gopis, such as Lalita Devi.
So we should know which pastime the artist was referring to.
But all devotees, when they see a painting reminiscent of that lila, immediately think of Srimati Radharani.
Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)
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