Its earliest history can be traced back to the year 1628
when a small, 48 centimeters in height, exquisite statue of wax Infant Jesus was
brought into Bohemia by
Polyxena von Lobkowitz, who became greatly attached to the Carmelites. This
princess had been given the statue as a wedding gift by her mother, Maria
Manriquez de Lara of Spain, and the statue was given to the Discalced Carmelites in
Prague. Upon presenting it, the pious princess uttered a prophetic statement to
the religious: "Venerable Fathers, I bring you my dearest possession.
Honor this image and you shall never want". The statue was set upon the oratory of
the monastery of Our Lady of Victory, Prague, where special devotions to Jesus
were offered before it twice a day. The Carmelite novices voluntarily became
poor and professed their poverty fervently during devotions in the presence of
the Divine Infant.
The symbol he is holding in his hand is called The globus
"cross-bearing orb"). This is
an Orb topped with a cross ,
a Christian symbol
of authority used throughout the Middle Ages and
even today on coins, iconography and
royal regalia. It symbolises Christ's (the cross) dominion over the world
(the orb), literally held in the dominion of an earthly ruler (or sometimes
celestial being such as an angel). When held by Christ himself, the subject is
known in the iconography of
Western art as Salvator Mundi ("Saviour
of the World").
In Hindu mythology
life of lord Krishna as child is very much similar to that of infant Jesus. As
with celebrations of Christmas, Krishna Janamashtmi
is celebrated as lord krishna’s birthday when various aspect of life are
depicted through decoration ,dance and
drama , also the main celebrations are held at midnight . An idol of baby
Krishna in swing is an important part of that decor.