Sanjhi is an indigenous tradition of the region of Vraja in the northwestern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Vraja is hailed as the Indian God Sri Krishna’s legendary homeland.

Rooted in the folk tradition, the practice of sanjhi was taken over by the Vaishnava temples during the 15th/16th centuries and developed into a highly refined art form professed by the Brahman priests.

Today, the art of sanjhi has become rare and is practiced in very few temples only. Among these is the temple of Radharamana at Vrindaban (Uttar Pradesh) whose sanjhi practice counts among the most ancient and most beautiful branches of this tradition.

Here are a few examples of the captivating sanjhi art:

   I)    Sanjhi Series: Vraja Style: Krishna (Eternal Lover) with Radha (Eternal Beloved)
            Painting 1    Painting 2    Painting 3

  II)    Self-manifest Deity at the ancient Radharamana Temple at Vrindaban (Uttar Pradesh):
             Sri Radharamana

III)    One of the Lilas of Sri Krishna is the lifting of the mountain called Govardhan because of which he is also addressed Govardhangiridhari 

             The Lifting of Mount Govardhan

IV)    MahaRasa --- The Great Circular Dance

 V)    Links to further examples of Sanjhi Art:
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