This painting is from a series illustrating the Baramasa of Keshavdas, describing the twelve months of the year. The month illustrated is Pausha (Dec.-Jan.), when it is intensely cold in Kangra hills. The lovers are sitting in a terrace with a brazier in front of them. They are enraptured by Sitting in companionship, and looking into each other’s eyes.
This is the month of Pausha when none likes cold food, light clothes and chilly places. The skies and the earth breathe cold. In this month everyone, whether rich or poor, wants to have six things; oil massage, warm clothes, betel, sunshine, company of young women and a warm hearth. The days are short and the nights long, and this is the season for love. Do not turn away; that would be most painful. Stay at home and be with me.