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Krishna is considered Brahman by sects like Gaudiya Vaishnavism etc, while others consider Him as the eighth incarnation among ten principle incarnations (Sanskrit दशावतार, IAST daśāvatāra) of Lord Vishnu. Use this tag to the questions that are concerned anything with Krishna

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When did Dvivida the ape try to kidnap Krishna?

As I discuss in this question, the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Krishna goes to Duryodhana on behalf of the Pandavas in order to try to negotiate peace and avert the Mahabharata war. ...
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What is the story of Yashoda's daughter fighting the rebirths of the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha?

As I discuss in this answer, the demons Shumbha and Nishumbha once defeated the gods and took over the three worlds. The gods went to Mount Kailash to ask Durga for help. After they said a prayer to ...
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Does this Rigvedic Hymn hint at Goloka being the most Supreme Abode of Lord Vishnu?

I was reading a commentary on Goloka by Jiva Goswami and it led me to the Rig Veda Book 1, Hymn 154 which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and ends with an exhortation to reach his Supreme abode: 1 I ...
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How is the Visvarupa of Lord Shiva different from the Visvarupa of Lord Krishna?

Lord Shiva showed Visvarupa to Lord Rama as per the Shiva-Gita. Lord Krishna showed the Visva-rupa to Arjuna as per the Bhagavad-Gita. Are these two 'Visva-rupa' Forms identical or different? If ...
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Hanuman and Krishna ever met with each other

We know that Hanuman is a great devotee and follower of Lord Rama in Treta Yuga. But my doubt is, did he meet Krishna? Is it explicitly mentioned anywhere in Vyasa's Mahabharat or some other Hindu ...
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How king Janaka attained perfection through karma-yoga?

कर्मणैव हि संसिद्धिमास्थिता जनकादय: | लोकसंग्रहमेवापि सम्पश्यन्कर्तुमर्हसि || Shlok 20, Chapter 3, Bhagvat Geeta. Lord Krishna had given an example of king Janaka for how to attain a perfection ...
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Was Krishna's son Pradyumna a rebirth of Kama or of Sanatkumar?

SECTION LXVII of the Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat mentions the various gods and demons who incarnated in human forms as characters of Mahabharat. There's something that I noticed and would like to ask ...
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Which verse of Padma purana and Narasimha purana claims Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna/Vishnu Himself?

This website provides many evidences to prove the divinity of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Verse from Padma purana: yatrayogesvarah saksad yogi-cintyo janardanah caitanya vapur aste vai ...
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Did Lord Rama show Vishwaroopa Darshan to Sati Devi?

I know Krishna showed his Vishwaroopa Darshna during Mahabharatha War. But Shiva Puranam by DSR Anjaneyulu, which was translated to English from Telugu by RM Chella says, Rama had shown Vishwaroopa ...
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When did Sri Krishna worship Goddess Durga?

In the Argalastotra of Sri Srri Chandi (which is a part of the Markandeya Purana) we get: कृष्णेन संस्तुते देवि शश्वद्भक्त्या सदाम्विके Meaning : O Goddess! Lord Krishna worshipped you ...
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Why each word of Srimad Bhagavad Gita is considered to be so important?

Bhagavad Gita was compiled by Vyasadeva ('Vyasena grathitam') in the anustubh and indrabajra/upendrabajra metres. To convert the conversations into such metres, He surely had to change or add words to ...
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Does Krishna advocate the use of astrology?

I read the Gita many years ago, and most recently this HSE page. However, I was unable to find an answer. In any text, does Krishna advocate the use of astrology in a worshipers life?
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What scripture descibes the story of Goddess Kalikrishna?

According to this website, there is a place in Bengal where Goddess Kaali is worshiped as Lord Krishna and Her name is KaliKrishna. It says, once Radha was caught by Her husband when She was with Lord ...
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Why did Krishna give Garuda's brother legs in Thiruthangal?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the Nindra Narayana Perumal Vishnu temple in Thiruthankal.  The story of the temple is that Vishnu's three wives Sri Devi, Bhu Devi, and Nila Devi once ...
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Are all incarnations of Vishnu born at moonrise?

In Vedic astrology, the sidereal zodaic, the band of stars surrounding the Sun's apparent path in the sky, is divided into 12 equal Rashis or zodiac signs. A person's Janma Rashi is the zodiac sign ...
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How famous/popular is Krishna at his times in other countries?

Kurukshetra war is like a transition from dwapara yuga to kaliyuga. During the war, does the people in other countries are aware of war? Does people in other countries know about Krishna? In other ...
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What stanzas in Vyasa Mahabharata convey that Sri Krishna held Bhishma as adharmic or protecting adharma?

In Gita, he already tells Arjuna that bheeshma, drona & karna were already slain by him, so Arjuna shouldnt worry and just kill his enemies. That is a very indirect message. But are there other ...
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Is there a variation of Madhurashtakam with Mathura in it?

Madhurashtakam is an eight versed chant composed by Vallabhacharya composed on Lord Krishna. It describes about the beauty of Lord Krishna. In the stotra, Vallbhacharya says everything about Lord ...
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Shri Krushna's revelation of his real identity

Shri Krushna had made many others understand "who is he" -- Shri Narayana himself, supreme Brahman. But after revealing his real identity, he made them forget the revelation by using "Maya", the ...
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Is Vrindavan in India the same village which is described in Bhagavatam?

The tenth canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam(Bhagavat Purana) describes the pastimes of Lord Krishna in detail. The pastimes of Lord krishna are also summarized here by Prabhupada. The reason for my doubt ...
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What scriptures describe peacocks producing children through tears?

A Rajasthan High Court judge recently made the following statement: Peacock is a Bramhachari and it does not have sex with a peahen. The peahen gets pregnant drinking the tears of the peacock. Even ...
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Married Couples Performing Penance

Can you explain the concept of married couples performing penance for 1000 years? In beginning of Shri Krishna, we are shown that Deviki and Vasudeva perform penance together for 1000 years, see Lord ...
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Why does Devaki forego Salvation?

According to this YouTUBE video, Lord Krishna appears to Devaki and Vasudeva in Evil Kansa's prison. Lord Krishna visits Devaki and Vasudeva in Evil Kansa's Prison Lord Krishna tells Devaki how to ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna teaching Narada about Maya?

During Krishna's time on earth, one of his greatest devotees was the sage Narada, who was also an incarnation of Vishnu as I discuss here. As I discuss in this answer, Narada was one of the sages who ...
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Where is the account of Shishupala's atrocities in Dvaraka?

In Chapter 44 of the Sabha Parva of Mahabharata, during the Rajasuya Yajna of Yudhishthira, Krsna retorts to Shishupala's insults directed at him. He talks about how Shishupala committed many sins, ...
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What happened to Vasudeva's (and his brothers') horde of children?

The 24th Chapter of the 9th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, as well as the 35th Chapter of the Harivamsa Parva of the Harivamsa, speak about the Yadava dynasty till Krsna. So in these two chapters, the ...
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What are the names of 56 Bhog offered to Lord Krishna?

This page says As per Hindu beliefs, Lord Krishna used to have 8 meals per day. Once to save his village from the fury of Lord Indra, he lifted the Govardhan Parvat (Mountain) under which everyone ...
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Did Madhurakavi Alwar miss seeing Krishna due to meditation?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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Where is the story of Yashoda's complaining not witnessing Krishna's marriages found?

There is a story in relation to Lord Balaji that mother Yashoda could not witness Krishna's marriages and when she was at death bed, she desired that she may witness Krishna's marriage at least in ...
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Why is Sri Krishna not worshipped as father?

Lord Krishna is generally not worshipped as 'father'.He is worshippd as 'friend', 'master', 'lover', 'child' etc. Lord Shiva on the other hand, is worshipped mainly as father. Sri Krishna told in ...
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What does the snake on the body of Srinathji signify?

The enclosed image of Srinathji shows a snake around His body which normally remains hidden under clothes. What does this snake signify? Please cite proper sources.
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Which Sri Vaishnava Acharya called Nammalwar Dirgha Chintayanti?

By far the most famous commentary on Nammalwar's Thiruvaimozhi is the Eedu, aka the 36000 Padi, which was composed by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vadakku Thiruveedhi Pillai, father of Pillai Lokacharya. ...
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How many times was Dwaraka invaded in the absence of Krishna as narrated in the Mahabharata or other puranas?

How many times was Dwaraka invaded in the absence of Krishna as narrated in the Mahabharata or other puranas? One is known to me when king Shalva attacked Dwaraka to avenge the killing of his friend ...
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Where does the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ghatikasatham Ammal discuss Radha?

Unlike the Gaudiya Vaishnava and Pushtimarga sects, the Sri Vaishnava does not place much emphasis on Krishna’s lover Radha. This is for multiple reasons. First of all, Sri Vaishnavas emphasize the ...
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Sri Ramanujacharya’s advice on why example of Kaliyan(the snake) should be emulated in preference to Kshatrabandhu’s

There is a story in which some devotees of the Lord approached Sri Ramanujacharya at Srirangam, to verify if Kshatrabandhu’s words addressed to the Lord were right. Kshatrabandhu’s words were that:- ...
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Why did Shree Krishna have 16108 wives if Kshatriyas are only eligible to take a maximum of three wives?

Various scriptures such as the Mahabharata have prescribed a maximum of three wives for Kshatriya men: "Bhishma said, 'For the Kshatriya, O delighter of the Kurus, two wives have been ordained. The ...
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Is Bhagavan Krishna's sister a Nityasuri?

Many of us are familiar with the story of Bhagavan Krishna's birth. Specifically, when Kamsa finally arrives to kill the eighth child of Vasudeva and Devaki, the child who has taken Krishna's place, ...
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Why Lord Ram is called Maryada Purshottam and Lord Krishna Purna Purshottam?

I have heard many people saying Lord Ram is Maryada Purshottam and Lord Krishna is Purna Purshottam. Could any one please tell me why is it so. and what is the difference between Maryada Purshottam ...
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How did Sudama die?

The story of Sri Krishna and Sudama (Kuchela) is well known by everyone. But not much detail is known about Sudama after Sri Krishna alleviated his poverty. So, what happened after he was blessed ...
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Why is Krishna depicted as a love maker?

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 ...
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Who is the 'certain brāhmaṇa of pious vows' in this conversation between Kṛṣṇa and Aśvatthāmā?

From Sauptika Parva section 16: Vaishampayana said, "Understanding that that weapon was thrown (into the wombs of the Pandava women) by Drona's son of sinful deeds, Hrishikesha, with a cheerful ...
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What is Sri Vaishnavism? What is the Vishishtadvaita?

I'm a liberal Vaishnava ... I was formerly practising Gaudiya Vaishnavism but recently got dissatisfied with it as their doctrines about Goloka and Krishna's supremacy based on Rasa concept wasn't ...
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What is the relation between Krishna's cowherd wife Nappinnai and his queen Satya?

Most people know about Radha, who is said to have been Krishna's lover and his favorite among the Gopis, whom Krishna spent time with during his childhood in Vrindavan and Gokulam. Yet the Sri ...
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How older was Krsna to Rukmini and Sisupala?

According to the Mahabharata, when Sisupala was born with three eyes and four hands, it was proclaimed that the person who caused them to disappear would be Sisupala's slayer. Since his mother ...
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How was Krishna's wife Satyabhama related to Indra's mother Aditi?

One of Krishna's most famous deeds is the killing of the demon Narakasura, which is the inspiration of the festival Deepavali. Narakasura was tormenting the gods and had even stolen the earrings of ...
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Where does Nammalwar say that he was born right after Krishna departed the Earth?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, known as ...
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What is the story of Krishna rescuing kings abducted by Shakuni's uncle Nagnajit?

In this chapter of the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata, Arjuna delivers a message to Duryodhana, urging him to reach a peaceful resolution to avert the impending war. Arjuna says that if they go to ...
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Any scriptural references of Hanuman being known as Giridhara- Upholder of Mountain?

"Giridhara" literally means Holder of the Mountain. When Shri Krishna wanted to break the ego of Indra, Shri Krishna lifted Govardhan mountain on his finger. After this He was given the name ...
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Goddess Kaali as Shri Krishna

It is widely known that Lord Sri Krishna is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Yet recently I came across a story where it is said that Goddess Kaali incarnated as Lord Sri Krishna. Is this mentioned in ...
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Who is Ayan ghosh in Dwapara yuga?

Who is Ayan ghosh in Dwapara yuga? Under what circumstances and when Radha got married to Ayan?