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Yashoda (Sanskrit: यशोदा) was wife of Nanda within the Puranic texts of Hinduism. Within the Bhagavata Purana it is described that Yasoda later became the foster-mother to Krishna, who was born to Devaki but was given to Yashoda and Nanda in Gokul, by Krishna's father Vasudeva on the night of his birth, for his protection from Devaki's brother, the king of Mathura, Kansa.


Bhagavata Purana, Ramesh Menon's version

Krishna stealing gopis clothes, theme taken from Bhagavata Purana, pahari painting

Uddhava advises Krishna to assist at the Rajasuya Sacrifice of Yudhisthira. Leave from the dispersed early Rajput Bhagavata Purana, Opaque pigments heightened with gold, Early Rajput style, possibly from Mewar, 1520–25 A Prince’s Eye: Imperial Mughal Paintings from a Princely Collection; Art from the Indian Courts, Francesca Galloway sale catalogue, London, 2013


Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Vishnu)

The Demon Hiranyaksha Departs the Demon Palace (detail) / Folio from a Bhagavata Purana Series / Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper, ca. 1740 / The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Bhagavata Purana manuscript, c. 1640 Bundi School - Krishna dances over the Kaliya Naag in river Yamuna, while Kaliya's wives are praying to Krishna for his mercy. On the banks are people of Gokula, Krishna's father Nanda and his brother Balarama - Old Indian Arts


Nathdwara, Rajasthan. Bhagavata Purana illustration showing the snake-demon Aghasura & Krishna with Balarama. Gouache & silver. Circa late 18th/early 19th century.