The Death of Balarama
Illustration to the Persian abridgement of the
Mahabharata, the Razmnama (or Book of the Wars)
Mughal (Akbar period), c. 1595
Collection H.H. the Maharaja of Jaipur, Jaipur
The picture represents what Krishna saw on his return from destroying the Yadavas at Prabhasa. Balarama, his half-brother, has gone down to the sea and has there yielded up his spirit. Sesha, the great serpent, who is part of Vishnu himself, is now issuing from the body Balarama having been his incarnation. Snakes come to greet him while Varuna, the god of water, stands as 'an old man of the sea' ready to escort him to his long home.