‘On the Krishna Trail’ is Mumbai-based author Lalitha Balasubramanian’s fourth book. The inspiration from this book came from the journey of Lord Krishna. Lalitha has an avid interest in Indian mythology and Hindu folklore and decided to turn it into a book. As is evident from the title itself, this book follows the trail of Lord Krishna and covers cities that bore witness to his presence.
The journey begins with an emotion-filled visit to the sacred Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura, where the Lord manifested on earth in a prison cell. Mathura is also where Krishna vanquished his wicked uncle Kamsa and rested at the Vishram Ghat. Then it takes you to the narrow bylanes of Gokul and Nandgaon, and you can feel the childlike innocence of Krishna through her writings. Lalitha’s book makes Krishna come alive and gives him a human touch. Lalitha’s Krishan is a God, a lover, a superhuman, all combined into one.
She touches on the platonic and eternal love of Radha and Krishna, the legendary divine couple immortalized through history. This fascinating journey takes us to Vrindavan, the city with timeless forests and ghats that stands as a remnant of Krishna and his various Leelas. The author’s succinct words and narration not only allow us to get a wonderful insight into the Lord’s life but also experience his feelings, emotions, and appreciate the ethos of his time.
No book on Lord Krishna would be complete without the mention of Dwarka. The Dwarkadeesh temple stands testimony to most of Lord Krishna’s adult years including his reign and marriages. Beyt Dwarka is where the devout Sudama experienced the true meaning of friendship with Shri Krishna. Then we have the mention of Kurukshetra, the place that bore witness to the deadly battle in Mahabharata. The book touches upon all crucial aspects of Krishna’s life and the reader lives it with him.
Sri Krishna is considered as the Poorna Avatar of Mahavishnu and his popularity transcends all linguistic and cultural barriers. So it was but natural that having personally visited each temple and place described in the book, Lalitha Balasubramanian decided to share her experiences with the countless devotees of the supreme Lord. A freelance journalist by profession, she draws on her vast writing experience to bring forth this extensively researched and information-driven book. For any person who wishes to embark on this spiritual journey in part or in whole, this book, published by Locksley Hall Publishing and represented by the Book Bakers Literary Agency, is highly recommended. This book contains well-researched facts, history, folklore, and exclusive photographs to help the reader visualize the bygone era.
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