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Illustration to a Gajendra Moksha Series Depicting Vishnu Rescuing the Elephant King

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Vishnu and Garuda Save the King of the Elephants (Gajendra Maksha) 1660 - 1670 : UC Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

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gopalekrishna: Vishnu saving the elephant, Gajendra in ‘Gajendramoksha’.ca.1820Trichinopoly, IndiaInscription:‘An elephant was caught by an alligator in a Tank and was unable to get out for several years. At last the Elephant called upon Vishnoo to protect him and Vishnoo then came.’Vishnu touching the kneeling elephant, Gajendra (gajendra-moksha), to restore him to his former state as the Pandya king, Indradyumna.Copyright: © V&A Images

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Vishnu riding on Garuda rescues Gajendra, the King of the elephants from the Naga cobra. Northern Wall of the temple.

The prayer made by Gajendra on this occasion became a famous hymn in praise of Lord Vishnu called the Gajendra Stuti. शुक्लांबरधरं विष्णुं शशि वर्णं चतुर्भुजं । प्रसन्न वदनं ध्यायेत सर्व विघ्नोपशान्तये॥ So the story even though it is known as 'Gajendra Moksha', actually the moksha was given to the crocodile also. And crocodile got the 'rare privilege'(same as in the case of Ravana, Kamsa,etc.) of getting killed by the hands of Lord Vishnu and was given moksha before the Gajendra."

Vishnu and Gajendra (Painting)

Vishnu and Gajendra. Watercolour. Place of origin: Kangra, India (made) Date: ca. 1830 (made)