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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rūpa or Jadrup?

Śrīvatsa Goswāmī of Rādhā-ramaṇa Mandir told me the same as can be read in this article, be it in less detail, in Vṛndāvan in 1985.  Śrīvatsa Goswāmī said that Vaiṣṇavas drew tilak on the picture after cutting it out from this painting - they needed a picture for altar worship. Other drawings, of the 6 Goswāmīs, Viśvanātha Cakravartīpāda etc. are also man-made. The link to Jahangir-nama manuscript under the 4th illustration leads to a webpage that proves the painting is of the court of Jahangir. Jahangir was born in 1569, some 15 years after Rūpa Goswāmī left this world. That is certain proof that the person depicted there is not Rūpa Goswāmī.


  1. Love the black & white drawing. I remember when camera film went from B&W to color. No one wanted black and white photos. Now it is the reverse. We have cameras that are capable of taking sepia tone photos. Whoever the drawing is of, I like it and the fact that it is black and white. I like very much the dark outlines in it. Art tells stories, just as written words do.

  2. I have heard that the person in this picture is Jiva Gosvami.