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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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Is Jesus an avatar of Lord Vishnu?

Here and there, I heard that Jesus is an avatar of Lord Vishnu (or even a reincarnation of Krishna). Is this true?
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Why didn't Lord Krishna marry Radha?

As I have read, Lord Krishna's love for Radha was eternal. Then, why didn't he marry Radha?
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What exactly was the Chakra-Vyuha or Padma-Vyuha in the Mahabharata, and why did Abhimanyu fail to break it?

Given that the great Abhimanyu was an expert at Chakra-Vyuha (a.k.a Padma-Vyuha), why couldn’t he manage to come out of it? Krishna was also an expert in Chakra-Vyuha at that time, so why didn't he ...
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What happened to Pandavas and Shri Krishna after Mahabharata?

After Mahabharata, there is no major presence mark made by Pandava and Krishna. What happened to them after that?
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Why didn't Krishna ever visit Vrindavan again?

After leaving Vrindavan for killing Kansa in Mathura, why didn't Krishna ever go back to Vrindavan, where he was brought up, again? Why didn't he ever meet Sri Radha again?
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At what age was Lord Krishna killed by the hunter?

Does anyone know at what age Lord Krishna was killed by the hunter (the rebirth of Vali)? Are there any scriptural references available for this?
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Who gave weapons to Shri Krishna and Balarama and how?

If I remember, Shri Krishna and Balarama didn't have the weapons Sudarshana chakra and Hala respectively with them when they were fighting with Kamsa. So I am assuming they got these weapons later. ...
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Why is Krishna portrayed to be blue?

Humans (at least Asians) are wheatish-brown in color. Why was Krishna portrayed as blue? Is it just to show his purity, or is there some story background of it (e.g. is it based in reality)?
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Which previous karma made Karna's life full of sorrow despite his benevolent nature?

Is there any story behind Karna's miserable life despite his benevolent nature? Any prior karma in a previous life to justify his current life? I read it somewhere that when Karna died, Lord Krishna ...
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Why did Lord Krishna tell Bhagwat Gita only to Arjuna and not anyone else?

I have gone through Hindu Mythological books and found that Bhagwat Gita is told only to Arjuna by Lord Krishna at Kurukshetra. Is there any specific reason of not telling Bhagwat Gita to anyone else ...
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Are there other Brahmas and universes?

Lord Brahma is said to be the creator of Earth but what about other planets? Who created them? I have heard that for every planet there is a creator like Brahma. I have also seen an incident in ...
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Partial and full incarnations: When divine beings incarnate on earth, do they continue to exist in their original abode?

I am having confusion that, whenever divine beings incarnate on earth, do they also continue to exist in their original abode? Let us take the example of Narayana, the supreme god. It is said that ...
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How did Krishna get Vishnu's Sharanga Bow?

As I discuss in this answer, the divine architect Tvashta (AKA Vishwakarma) created two powerful bows, the Pinaka bow for Shiva and the Sharanga bow for Vishnu. Brahma once got Vishnu and Shiva to ...
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How is 'Vishwa Virat Swaroop' of Lord Krishna described in Mahabharata?

I want to know how the 'Vishwa Virat Swaroop' of Lord Krishna was described in the Mahabharata. It was shown by Lord Krishna to Arjuna while he was giving the Gita Upadesha to Arjuna prior to the ...
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What is maya and why is it there?

I have read bhagavad gita where krishna mentions maya to be a illusion and everything in this is world is made of maya. What I don't understand is if everything is made up of maya then why is krishna ...
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Does the Jataka account of Krishna have any basis in Hindu scripture?

The Ghata Jataka, one of the Jataka Tales that form part of Buddhist scripture, recounts the life of Krishna in a way that mostly parallels conventional Hindu accounts, except for one notable incident ...
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I am confused between two shlokas of the Bhagvad Geeta, Bg 9.23 & Bg 9.25

I am confused between two shlokas of the Bhagvad Geeta, namely Bg 9.23 & Bg 9.25. The first is: ये ऽप्य् अन्य​-देवता-भक्ता यजन्ते श्रद्धयान्विताः ते ऽपि माम् एव क्औन्तेय​ यजन्त्य् अविधि-...
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Did Lord Krishna have children?

Did Lord Krishna have children? If yes, what were their names? What did happen to them after Krishna's death?
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Why did Arjuna forget the Bhagavad Gita?

In the Mahabharata, it's mentioned that Arjuna forgot the Bhagavad Gita which was once heard in the war field from Lord Krishna. Bhagavad Gita is one of the greatest messages or advices from Lord ...
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Why Bhagavata purana is considered the foremost of all puranas?

The Bhagavata Purana is considered to be the purest and greatest of all the puranas. Great Sage Veda Vyasa was credited to had authored Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad means "beautiful" or "opulent," and ...
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Why did Shiva not swallow the poison arising from Samudra Manthan?

I was watching a TV show in which Samudra-manthan was in progress. In that when the poison came out of the sea, Lord Shiv has to drink it but he didn't swallow it. Because if he swallows it, he will ...
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How much time did Sri Krishna take to preach Gita to Arjuna?

Just imagine you are on the battlefield, the two armies facing each other eager to strike. Everyone is agitated and in the midst of this chaos the knowledge of Geeta is being sermonized. It will ...
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What happened with the dead body of Lord Shree Krishna?

In the Mahabharata, I know how Lord Shree Krishna had the end of material life as well as his body, but what happened to his body?
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Why are cows given special importance?

Everywhere in the Bhagavatam, Lord Krishna keeps asking us to worship cows, not to harm them etc. Why only cows, why not other animals? All animals do something or the other for nature. Together ...
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Anshavatar and Purnavatar - are there different types of avatars?

Are there different types of avatars: anshavatar (partial incarnation), purnavatar (complete incarnation) etc.? One of my friends told me sage Bharadwaja and Parashurama were anshavatars of Vishnu ...
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Why didn't Krishna take a more active part in Battle of Kurukshetra in Mahabharata?

Why didn't Krishna take a more active part in Battle of Kurukshetra in Mahabharata? Krishna was the Saarthi (Charioteer) of Arjuna and rode his rath (Chariot) around during battle and was a ...
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Why did Lord Krishna kidnap Rukmini to get married?

As per the Vedas, getting married to a girl after kidnapping is considered devil or daemon (दानव dānava) Vivaha (marriage) which isn't righteous (धर्मानुकूलन dharmānukūlana). And Lord Krishna ...
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Which all early Hindu scriptures contain references about Shri Radha?

I recently read an article on the internet claiming that Shri Radha might not be real but an imaginary character and the reason they gave was that although Shri Radha has been given much preference ...
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Why did Rukmini stop Lord Krishna from eating beaten rice given by Sudama a second time?

In one of the popular stories from the Bhagavatam, Sudama visits his old friend Sri Krishna at his palace with beaten rice. When Lord Krishna was going to eat the beaten rice a second time, suddenly, ...
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Meaning of Krishna's advice to Yudhisthira before Drona Vadh

With popular belief Krishna advices Yudhisthira to tell lie to Drona about "Killing of Ashwatthama" for the sake of saving remaining Paandava army from being annihilated. But according to this text, ...
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Why Krishna says He is Sama Veda among Vedas in Bhagavad Gita?

In Bhagavad Gita chapter 10 Verse 22 Lord Krishna says vedānāḿ sāma-vedo smi devānām asmi vāsavaḥ indriyāṇāḿ manaś cāsmi bhūtānām asmi cetanā Of the Vedas I am the Sama Veda;...
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Which is the oldest scriptural reference for Diwali?

The festival of Diwali is associated with many legends: The first day of Dhan Trayodashi is the day when Goddess Lakshmi appeared from the Samudra Manthan. Next comes Narak Chaturdashi is when ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Krishna killing Ekalavya?

Most people only know about how Ekalavya, the Nishada prince, was rejected by the Pandavas' teacher Dronacharya and then willingly cut off his own thumb at Dronacharya's request. What's not as well-...
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Is there any story behind Lord Krishna's death?

I have heard many stories regarding the end of lord Krishna. How exactly did lord Krishna die? I also heard that some arrow killed him and that arrow also have some history. Is that true?
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Is Vishnu the incarnation of Krishna or the other way around, according to the Geetha?

ISKCON seminars taught me that Krishna was the first form of God and then came Brahma and Vishnu etc. But I grew up with the knowledge that the trimurthis are the primary Gods of the universe. Hence ...
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The Oracle said that the eighth son of Devaki would kill Kansa, then why did he kill seven sons?

If only the eighth son of Devaki and Vasudev was to kill Kansa, why did Kansa kill the first seven sons?
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Why did Lord Krishna give another life to Parikshit? Was it the only way? Why didn't Pandavas plan another child?

According to Mahabharat, after the epic Kurukshetra war, only Parikshit was the final successor of the Kuru dynasty and while he was still in Uttara's womb, Ashwathama killed him using a Brahmastra. ...
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Why does Lord Jagannath suffer from fever?

It is believed that Jagannath suffers from a high fever after the Snana-Yatra. During this time, devotees are prevented from seeing Him. After taking special care, the deities gets cured and the ...
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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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Why did Lord Krishna attack Bhishma?

Why did Lord Krishna attack Bhishma (Bhishma Pitamaha), in spite of vowing that he would not pick up a weapon in the Kurukshetra war?
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Why did Krishna have to be the eighth son?

In the Bhagavatam, Krishna is the 8th son of Devaki. Why did he have to come as the eighth son? Why not 1st? or 2nd? or 3rd? or 4th? or 5th? or 6th? or 7th? or 9th?
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Is Vrindavan Krishna different from Dvaraka Krishna?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas believe that there is a so-called Vrindavan Krishna and that the Krishna in Dwaraka is different from Vrindavan Krishna. Is there any scriptural evidence to that claim? They also ...
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When did Krishna fight Varuna and Agni?

In the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata, Krishna goes to Duryodhana on behalf of the Pandavas in order to try to negotiate peace and avert the Kurukshetra war. When he hears that Krishna is coming, ...
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Can a god have an Avatar of an Avatar?

I am a Vaishnav and hence I worship Shrinathji. It is said that Shrinathji is an avatar of Lord Krishna but again, Lord Krishna is an avatar of Lord Vishnu so is it possible that gods can take avatars ...
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Why didn't Kamsa keep Vasudeva and Devaki in separate cells?

Kamsa was told by a mystical voice that Devaki's 8th son shall kill Kamsa himself. So he puts Vasudeva (Devaki's husband) and Devaki in a cell, and whenever they have a child, he goes and mercilessly ...
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Where in the Mahabharata does Krishna discuss Archa forms of Vishnu?

The Tattva Matrika is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan about the Sri Vaishnava philosophy of Visistadvaita. Among the topics discussed are the five types of manifestations of ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna's lover Nappinnai?

Most people know about Radha, who is said to be Krishna's lover and his favorite among the Gopis, whom Krishna spent time with during his childhood in Vrindavan and Gokulam. She's revered by many ...
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How do Hindus celebrate birthday?

I have not heard about birthday celebrations in our puranas or texts. But is there any account of Janmashtami (birthday of Lord Krishna) celebration in any of the puranas or other texts? When did it ...
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The Legend of Chessboard (Pala payasam story) of Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple located in Kerala, India. According to the story, The King of Ambalappuzha was a big chess enthusiast. One day a sage challenged him (the king) to play the chess. ...
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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 ...