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The mahatmya of the second adhyaya. The bottom third of the painting depicts the frame story of Devasusara of Purana. The top two-thirds illustrate the embedded story of Gadia the goatherd: one of his goats chases away a lion, the ascetic Bala explains the meaning of the events, and Gadia and his animals ascend to Visnu's celestial dwelling Vaikuntha in their divine bodies


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view The mahatmya of the second adhyaya. The bottom third of the painting depicts the frame story of Devasusara of Purana. The top two-thirds illustrate the embedded story of Gadia the goatherd: one of his goats chases away a lion, the ascetic Bala explains the meaning of the events, and Gadia and his animals ascend to Visnu's celestial dwelling Vaikuntha in their divine bodies

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Credit: The mahatmya of the second adhyaya. The bottom third of the painting depicts the frame story of Devasusara of Purana. The top two-thirds illustrate the embedded story of Gadia the goatherd: one of his goats chases away a lion, the ascetic Bala explains the meaning of the events, and Gadia and his animals ascend to Visnu's celestial dwelling Vaikuntha in their divine bodies. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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