Sheet: 21.3 x 29.8 cm (8 3/8 x 11 3/4 inches)
Museum Purchase: gift of Dr. and Mrs. William G. Tsiaras
This photograph captures one of the Govardhan festival rituals. During this celebration it is auspicious to bathe and decorate cows and bulls, as they are beloved by Krishna, a major Hindu deity. Fearing longstanding folk traditions and customs would be lost in the rapid urbanization of India, Jyoti Bhatt devoted 25 years to photographing these makers and their art.