What are the instances in Hindu mythology where Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva are said to have met? I came across these bhajans which mention meetings between Bhole Bhandaari (Lord Shiva) and Braj Ki Naari in Vrindavan:

  1. Gokul Mein Aa Gaye Hain
  2. Ek Din Vo Bhola Bhandari

And I was really curious to learn more about the specific events or stories associated with their encounters. The bhajan suggests a conversation between Parvati and Shiva regarding their visit to Braj. Can someone provide insights into these mythological narratives and their significance?

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Krishna and Shiva encountered each other several times.

  1. Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva fought with each other during the Banasura war -

“He nullified Brahmastra with a Brahmāstra, Vayavyastra (missile creating stormy winds) with Parvatastra (a missile surrounding the winds by mountain-like obstacles), the Agnyastra (the fire missile) with the rain missile and Rudra’s special Pasupata missile with his own Narayanastra.”

"Then Śrī Kṛṣṇa stupefied god Śiva by making him yawn and lethargic with Jṛmbhaṇāstra (yawning missile) and in the meanwhile slaughtered Bāṇa’s army with his sword, mace and arrows."

Chapter 63, 10th Skandha, Bhagavata Purana.

  1. Lord Shiva also tried to stop Lord Krishna from burning Kashi -

"That Lord (Kṛṣṇa) who is the immanent soul (of all), knew the incident of that sort, and sent his Discus for killing Kāśirāja.The infuriated Discus that was very fierce in appearance, had the refulgence of a thousand suns. It knew the power of the mind of Viṣṇu. It cut off the head of Kāśirāja and burned to ash his army as well as that city. On seeing that extremely violent action Paśupati (Śiva) became furious. Surrounded by his Gaṇas and seated on his Bull, the Pināka-bearing Lord rushed at it. Then Śaṃbhu looked at the Sudarśana Discus at the outset and discharged his Pāśupata missile in front of it, like an ominous calamity. Formerly Śaṃbhu had secured a boon from Viṣṇu who had been pleased by his devotion: “On being remembered by you I shall invigorate your missile. But if you go against me, it will become lustreless (and ineffective).” When this Pāśupata missile which was (usually) terrible, became futile and when Vārāṇasī was burned, the Bull-bannered Lord became afraid. Then he eulogized the Primordial Puruṣottama, the cause of all the worlds."

Puruṣottama-kṣetra-māhātmya, Vaishnava Kanda, Skanda Purana.


Māhābhārata Describes Bhagavana Shiva meeting with Sri Krishna after the Latter appeased him with a long Penance after getting Pāsupata Diksa from Rishi Upamanyu.

Māhābhārata, Anusāsana Parva, Ch 14 (Gitapress)

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The following chapter describes how Sri Krishna was Granted several Boons by Māhādeva and Pārvati including the boons of 10,000 sons and 16,000 wives.

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The blessed Krishna said, 'Bowing my head with great joy unto that mass of energy and effulgence, I said these words unto the great Deity, with a heart filled with gladness,--Firmness in virtue, the slaughter of foes in battle, the highest fame, the greatest might, devotion to Yoga, thy adjacence, and hundreds upon hundreds of children, these are the boons I solicit of thee,--So be it,--said Sankara repeating the words I had uttered. After this, the mother of the universe, the upholders of all things, who cleanses, all things, viz., the spouse of Sarva, that vast receptacle of penances said with a restrained soul these words unto me,--'The puissant Mahadeva has granted thee, O sinless one, a son who shall be named Samva. Do thou take from me also eight boons which thou choosest. I shall certainly grant them to thee.--Bowing unto her with a bend of my head, I said unto her, O son of Pandu,--I solicit from thee non-anger against the Brahmanas, grace of my father, a hundred sons, the highest enjoyments, love for my family, the grace of my mother, the attainment of tranquillity and peace, and cleverness in every act!'

"Uma said, 'It shall be even so, O thou that art possessed of prowess and puissance equal to that of a celestial. I never say what is untrue. Thou shalt have sixteen thousand wives. Thy love for them and theirs also for thee shall be unlimited. From all thy kinsmen also, thou shalt receive the highest affection. Thy body too shall be most beautiful. Seven thousand guests will daily feed at thy palace.'

The Above Anecdote is also recorded in several Purānas such as Siva purāna, Linga Purana, Kurma purana, Devi Bhagavata etc with a few variations.

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One can read the english translation of the above anecdote from Kesari mohan Ganguly's translation which is provided below-



  • You should translate those lines into English. Though they are useful, they are only so for people who know to read Devanagari.
    – CDR
    Commented Dec 3, 2023 at 15:00
  • Added links for english translations
    – user32105
    Commented Dec 3, 2023 at 15:11
  • Thanks for doing that. Actually, though, answers are supposed to be self-contained, so you should paste the relevant verses into your post.
    – CDR
    Commented Dec 3, 2023 at 15:12

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