Krishna, the 8th avatar of Vishnu, is with his favorite gopi, Raha beneath the canopy of a tree. Krishna is known for enchanting the cow herders daughters, gopis, with the melodies of his flute. Radha stands next to Krishna synchronized with his posture, as one, with both looking into each others eyes. The statue is carved from the soft stone of Orissa by artisans whose ancestors have practiced this craft of stone carving for centuries. Hammers and chisels of various sizes and shapes, called the Muna, Patili, Martual, Thuk-Thuki and Nitana are used to bring life these life-like figures from featureless stone. Once engraved, the finishing Is done by scrapping out the extra material using a flat-edged iron tool.