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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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Interpretation of Rigveda verse 1.164.31 according to Advaita Vedanta

While looking up for verses on the Rigveda Samhita, I stumbled upon the verse 1.164.31 on a blog which says this: अप॑श्यं गो॒पामनि॑पद्यमान॒मा च॒ परा॑ च प॒थिभि॒श्चर॑न्तम् । स स॒ध्रीची॒: स विषू॑ची॒र्वसा...
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Why Nãrãyana (Vishnu) had to pray Rudra (Shiva) to obtain supreme powers? (excerpt from Mahãbhãrata)

Lots of questions can be spawned from this 'never before read' Mahãbhãrata story, but above is the major one. Until now my perception was that, Nãrãyana was an equivalent God to Shiva and does not ...
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Is Arjun, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Some people claim that Arjun is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. But is it true?
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What is brukta rahita taraka raja yoga

I have come to know about it a few days ago. But I’m kinda surprised that we haven’t heard anything about that philosophy in any scriptures. Do any scriptures mention details of shambhala or brukta ...
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Is it true that thieves kidnapped some of Krishna's wives?

I heard that, after the Kurukshetra war, some of Krishna's wives were kidnapped by thieves. If true, what are the reasons behind this?
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Why a positive emotion like happiness is not encouraged by Krishna in Geetha?

We all know that happiness is a positive emotion and being sad is a negative emotion in general. In Geetha, Krishna says that we should consider both happiness and sadness, equal. (Chapter 2 verse 15,...
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Past life of Satyabhama

We know that Satyabhama is the second important wife of Krishna. I found only this, saying about the past life of her and only one paragraph says about her past life. Where can I read more about the ...
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Did 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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Is Radha elder than Krishna interms of age during their marriage?

Brahmavaivarta Purana says that Radha was aunt of Krishna and Radha was fourteen years elder than Krishna. So, is it true that Radha is elder than Krishna during their marriage?
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What was irreligious in the marriage between Krishna's grandson and Rukmi's grand daughter?

Please see the attached verses from Bhagvatam Carumati was Krishna's daughter who married Krtavarma's son. Her son Aniruddha married Rocana. Rocana was Rukmavati and Pradyumna's daughter and Rukmi's ...
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Does attachment and love coexist?

Plenty of slokas in Geetha says that attachment is a bad thing and one should leave it. My doubt is "Can both love and attachment coexist?" Let us consider Yashoda as well as gopi's, I ...
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How to understand the words of Prabhupāda about the custom of bathing in rivers by girls and women?

Consider the following comment by Prabhupāda on the custom of bathing in rivers by girls and women. Śrīla Prabhupāda comments as follows: “It is an old system among Indian girls and women that when ...
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where is the first reference of Krishna stealing clothes of gopis - esp. in mahabharat?

Whether "Krishna stealing clothes of gopis" is mentioned in Vyasa's "Mahabharat"? in which chapter? If not, then which is the oldest Purana in which this event is mentioned?
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What are Gopis' views on Sri Krishna stealing their clothes? [duplicate]

I see some atheists saying Sri Krishna possessed bad behavior since he stole the clothes of the gopis while they were bathing. (I DO NOT AGREE WITH THEM) They also say the gopies may not have liked it ...
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Does enlightenment (moksha) imply the dissolution of "bad" karma?

For example, Krishna was definarely a liberated being at the very least, and even in his own teaching to Aryuna he said that one who reaches that state crosses over to the side beyond sin, ad misdeads....
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Is there any reference that Krishna was connected to Brahman while speaking Gita?

I recently came across a claim that it is not Krishna who spoke Bhagavad Gita, but he was connected to Brahman while speaking Gita. Is there any reference for this?
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What kind of mantras and spiritual rites did Krishna do?

Did Krishna do offerings and meditations on Shiva, I know he did extensive deep meditations, were there any specific teqnuques or rituals he used, during the mahabharata or as described in puranas.
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Historical Origin of Deities

Current Hinduism knows several deities as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, ... , each having a meaning in the same religious/philosophical context. According to source research, have all these deities ...
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Depiction of Rama and Krishna

I have recently taken some particular interest in how avatars are depicted. I see Rama is almost always depicted in Gouravarna or in any humane color with bright aura behind. But Krishna almost ...
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Was Karna's soul possessed by Narakasura?

I am reading some sections of mahabharata Over here. I am surprised to know certain passages, indicates that , Karna is actually incarnation of Narakasura . It is pretty well known that , Karna is ...
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How is “Om” best name and whom does it represent?

In story of Ajamil, I found out that chanting the name of god destroys the sins. He said “Narayana” when he was dying. In Stayarth Prakash , it is written that “Om” is the best name of god. But it ...
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Which mantras of Krishna and Vishnu does not require initiation and does not have any rules to follow?

Mantras of Krishna and Vishnu which does not require any initiation, does not have any rules to follow, can be chanted anytime and anywhere. Please don't include Hare Krishna Maha mantra in your ...
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Who's devi Koutavi who shielded Banasura from Krishna?

Koutavi (also identified as Vijaya) in Harivamsa tries to shield Banasura from Shri Krishna by standing before the Lord. She even sheds her clothes and stands naked in front of Krishna, pleading for ...
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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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Did Krishna ever talk about Rama?

Rama and Krishna belongs to tretha and dwapara yuga respectively. Mahabharata has statements about Rama, told by Hanuman, rishi's etc., So it can be inferred that Lord Rama was well known at the ...
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Did Krishna get defeated in any war during his lifetime?

During his lifetime, did Lord Krishna get defeated in any war other than the one with Jarasandha? Note that the defeats of Krishna may be either intentional or unintentional.
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Is Krishna's famous argument for the mahabharata war correct?

hato vA prApsyasi svargaM jitvA vA bhokShyase mahIm| tasmAduttiShTha kaunteya yuddhAya kRRitanishchayaH ||2.37|| "O son of Kuntī, either you will be killed on the battlefield and attain the ...
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There are different mantras for worshipping Lord Vishnu for different yugas. What are the meanings of them?

There are different mantras to chant Lord Vishnu's name in different Yugas. This names are known as tārakabrahma names. The mantra for Satya Yuga is- nārāya়ṇa parābedā nārāya়ṇa parākṣarāḥ। ...
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Why did Lord Krishna settle at Dwaraka?

Lord Krishna grew up with his people at Mathura (U.P). But why did he move with all his people to Dwaraka? Dwaraka is almost 1300 Kms from Mathura. Was there any logical reason for Krishna to set up ...
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Were Krishna and Vyasa able to see (not imagine) future?

According to some scenes in Star Plus Mahabharata and BR Chopra's Mahabharata (a TV series), it looks like both of them (Krishna and Vyasa) could see future. Did it actually happen in Vyasa Mahbharat?
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Why did Ekalavya become Lord Krishna's arch rival? Was he punished because he was a Shudra?

While debating on Quora on how the Bhagavad Gita does not advocate the present day birth-based casteism, a user pointed out that, From Vishnu Parva, Chapter 84, it seems that Krishna with his ...
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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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Krishna visiting Sudra's home or touching a Sudra

In Mahabharata, Pandavas used to visit Sudra's homes. It can be clarified from the following passage Vaisampayana said, 'Then all the citizens (of Varanavata) on hearing that the son of Pandu had ...
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Did the Pandavas ever consider spending Agyatavasa in Dwaraka?

Krishna had helped the Pandavas in almost every step. So why didn't the Pandavas spend their agyatavasa in Dwaraka? The Pandavas had spent their agyatavasa in Virata's kingdom, and led a miserable ...
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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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Did Rama or Krishna ever practise meditation?

As per belief in Hinduism, both Rama and Krishna are incarnations of God and they really are beyond these material world things, and they probably had no reason for meditation(since they are symbols ...
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Food Eaten in Ancient India

This scene from Shri Krishna shows the family eating food. It looks like today's Indian food, i.e. Rice, Roti, Sabzi. What food did they eat during Lord Krishna's time?
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Should Krishna be considered good or bad?

I have read the Mahabharata and it seems that unrighteous behaviour or adharma is followed by Krishna in many places, but most people do not care about Krishna's character/behaviour and righteousness, ...
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How Lord Shiva can be defeated by someone?

I have read that as per Mahabharata (Anushashana parva) where upamanyu says that - there was no deity like Shiva , there was no refuge like Shiva. There is no one who can give so many boons like him &...
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When did Narakasura perform his atrocities on Svarga?

Narakasura, the son of Lord Varaha and Bhudevi, is quite famous. It is because of him that Lord Krsna was able to get the name Murari, Narakari, as well as whole festival dedicated to him (Deepavali). ...
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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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Is it compulsory to chant Krishna's name with Radha?

I am Krishna's devotee. And whenever I chant name of Krishna , I took only the name of "Krishna" . I chant "Jai Shri Krishna " or " Hare Krishna Hare Krishna ". The ...
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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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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 was the actual reason for Krishna to kill washerman?

The following episode from Bhagavatam clearly says that Krishna got angry on washerman and then killed him. SB 10.41.30: Brāhmaṇas standing along the way honored the two Lords with presentations of ...
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Has Veda Vyasa seen Lord Krishna?

It is said that Lord Krishna was a human being with qualities of God, thus Lord Krishna has a special place in sanatana dharma. I would like to understand, if Veday Vyasa has written Mahabharata, ...
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Reference for timeline Krishna and Barbarika dialogue

In this article about Barbarika, Wikipedia says Barbarika gave his head to him in charity. This happened on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha (bright half) of the month of Phalgun on Tuesday But I ...
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Are there mention of Zodiac signs in Mahabharata?

Are there mention of Zodiac signs by name, in Mahabharata? If yes please cite the verses.
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What scriptures discuss Krishna's time in relation to the Yuga Sandhi periods?

It is commonly said that Krishna departed the Earth in 3102 BC and the Mahabharata war occurred in 3138 BC, a little over five thousand years ago. But I just found indication these events may have ...

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