This Pahari miniature painting in the Kangra style depicts the story of Sudama, the childhood friend of Krishna. Sudama who lived in abject poverty is persuaded by his wife to seek help from Krishna who had become the ruler of Dwaraka.
Carrying a humble gift of a handful of puffed rice, Sudama visits Krishna who receives him with great love, makes him sit on his own throne and washes his feet with his own hands. After a few days Sudama takes leave of Krishna without asking for any favors only to discover on reaching home that his hut has been turned into a golden palace. In this Pahari painting in the Kangra style, we see Sudama taking leave of Krishna and returning home. This painting is a fine example of the art of miniature painting that flourished in India.