Krishna was

  • a great warrior(war before marriage with Rukmini),
  • a diplomat (his peacemaking before Mahabharata) and
  • in fact packed with a ton of other qualities.

But I seldom find any material (a bhajan,a book etc.) praising Him for all those qualities. All praises for Him are monotonic in nature only describing in deep details his relationships with gopis (most of them are fake ones). See this article.

Why have we romanticized Krishna?

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    Because Krishna was not just a man, he was an incarnation of Vishnu. And the appropriate response for Man when dealing with the supreme lord of all the worlds is love. And so we focus on those aspects of Krishna's life that involve the love that others had for Krishna, and the love that he had for them. For ultimately that is the sort of relationship with Sriman Narayana that we too ought to aspire to. – Keshav Srinivasan Jan 17 '17 at 6:25
  • @Keshav Srinivasan But then Lord Rama was depicted as the valiant Kshatriya. I don't want to compare Lord Krishna with Lord Rama but if Lord Krishna chose to be born as a Kshatriya we should not neglect His functions as a Kshatriya – Raghav Jan 17 '17 at 6:51
  • I heard scholars state that Narayana decided that his Rama avatara shall establish dharma and his Krishna avatara shall spread love. Hence the additional emphasis on these aspects of the various avataras. To wit, Rama was also a great romantic, albeit monogamous. His romance inspired Kalidasa's Meghasandesam. Other examples of the lover-like angle of Rama are the incidents narrated by Sita to Hanuma in Sundarakanda. – user1195 Jan 18 '17 at 7:07
  • @moonstar2001 I am not trying compare Rama and Krishna. Anyways, can you elaborate the first 2 lines of your comment into an answer also stating the sources ? – Raghav Jan 19 '17 at 13:57
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    Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was a materialist. He was mentioned as such upon his visit to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in 'The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna'. Any analysis of Sri Krishna is tainted by his myopic worldliness. Lord Krishna's divine play with the gopis was not tainted by beastly love but rather was the Lord's divine love. – Swami Vishwananda Jan 19 '17 at 14:08

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