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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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Do any scriptures say that the hunter Jara was a rebirth of Vali?

As I discuss in this answer, Krishna departed the Earth after he was shot by a hunter named Jara. Now there's a popular story that this Jara was actually the next birth of Sugriva's brother Vali, ...
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How did Indra use deception to defeat Prahlada's son Virochana?

In the Shalya Parva of the Mahabharata, right before Bhima's famous mace battle with Duryodhana, Krishna tells Arjuna that Bhima should fight unfairly, as that's the only way to defeat Duryodhana. He ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna granting Moksha to Ghantakarna, a Pishacha who killed a rishi?

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 Alwars are crucially important figures in ...
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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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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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Afterlives of Vasudeva, Devaki, Nandagopa and Yashoda

Do we have any account of the afterlives of Vasudeva, Devaki, Nandagopa and Yashoda? I generally hear about Nandagopa and Yashoda's last incident to be while they were being separated from Krishna, i....
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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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Scriptures: 64 Arts and 14 Sciences

After Lord Krishna kills evil king Kansa and frees his parents from prison, he studies at an Ashram. The teacher says he is pleased with Lord Krishna's progress because he learned 64 Arts and 14 ...
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Which verse of the Bhagavad Gita says “If you don't fight for what you want, don't cry for what you lost?” [duplicate]

I came across this quote in social media. It's supposedly said by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. Which verse of the Gita conveys the same message as the quote?
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On what basis is Krishna claimed to be source of Vishnu?

It is a well accepted view that Vishnu is source of all avatars including Krishna. This is what we all heard from childhood. I also came across the opposite opinion that Krishna is source of Vishnu. ...
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What happened to radha when she grew up?

My question concerns radha, the companion of Krishna. I have heard that Krishna and radha were companions since childhood. But I want to know what happened to her when she grew up. Thank you
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Detachment and non fruitful actions

Isnt it slightly confusing bcz everyone in this world struggle hard for his work to get completed for some specific reason like success,money,etc.How it is really possible not think abt outcome. Also ...
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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 Sri Krishna say he was VAJRA among weapons?

While giving discourse to Arjuna, Sri Krishna says that he was VAJRA among weapons. आयुधानामहं वज्रं धेनूनामस्मि कामधुक्। प्रजनश्चास्मि कन्दर्पः सर्पाणामस्मि वासुकिः।।10.28।। Of the ...
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Why did Shri Krishna forgive the 100 mistakes done by Sisupala?

Was there any reason behind Shri Krishna being quiet until Sisupala made a hundred mistakes? Why did Shri Krishna let him make a hundred mistakes?
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Why man is mortal irrespective of good or bad activity?

Why man is mortal? Suppose one person is very religious and very responsible family person as well.He is very much dedicated/ respectful to god and he loves his family very much and he don't want to ...
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Was Abhimanyu's death, a plot by Krishna?

I heard that while Kamsa was dying, he cursed Shri Krishna that he (Shri Krishna) will also die in the hands of his nephew. Shri Krishna had only one sister i.e Subhadra. So, while she was pregnant, ...
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Where does Srimad Bhagavatam book 10 describe Krishna's son Upashloka and Pancharatra initiation?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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राशि(zodiac sign) of Krishna and Rama

In Hinduism, there is considerable importance to राशि or Zodiac sign. In earlier times, it was common to check the zodiac sign of marrying girl and boy to see if the marriage can be decided. It was ...
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What is the core message of the Bhagavad-gītā? What are some verses from Bhagavad-gītā that one can refer to, to enrich life in general?

What is (or what are) the core message(s) of the Bhagavad-gītā? What are some verses from Bhagavad-gītā, that one can refer to, to enrich life in general? This question is inspired by Core messages ...
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Why does Lord Krishna wear peacock feather on His head?

Why does Lord Krishna wear peacock feather on His head? What is the significance of playing Basuri/Flute by Lord Krishna? Is there any reference that took place that made Lord Krishna to wear peacock ...
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Why did Lord Krishna end Karna's life in such a way?

Karna was the only person who was able to defeat Arjuna. Karna was stronger and kinder than Arjuna, but still he got an undeserved death at the hands of Arjuna,on the advice of Lord Krishna. What is ...
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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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When did Krishna first meet Vishnu's bird Garuda?

The Srimad Bhagavatam describes how Krishna flew on the back of Garuda to kill the demon Narakasura, which is the inspiration for the holiday Deepavali: After Bhauma [Narakasura] had stolen the ...
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Was Krishna a non-vegetarian?

We know Sri Krishna was a Kshatriya. Besides He had weapons with Him which were used to hunt animals. Can we hence categorically state that he was a non-vegetarian? If so, why do we offer vegetarian ...
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Abhimanyu's death: Was he destined to die at a young age?

It is known that Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna, was killed during the Chakra Vyuh (a.k.a Padmavyuha) in the war. Why did he die? Why couldn't Lord Krishna save him? Was he destined to die in this way?
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If Brahman is everything, then why does Krishna (Brahman) describe himself as “best of things” in Bhagavadgita?

Supreme Brahman is everything. He has two forms: Manifest and Unmanifest. All dualities such as good&bad, evil&virtue are indeed Supreme Brahman's MAYA. Krishna describes Himself as Positive ...
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Did Lord Krishna take away Arjuna's dhanur vidya (archery abilities)?

Did Lord Krishna take away Arjuna's dhanur vidya (archery abilities) before leaving the Earth (Prithvi Lok)? If yes, why from Arjuna only and why not from other Pandavas?
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Why did Karna choose not to fight on the side of the Dharma?

I have not 'read' the Mahabharata yet, but the Hindi poem Rashmirathi by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar narrates how Shri Krishna tried to convince Karna to get on the side of the Pandavas. Yet, Karna chose to ...
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What is the meaning of worshiping a demigod? And is it bad to worship a demigod? [BG 4.12] [duplicate]

In Bhagavad Gita Chapter 4, Verse 12 it is stated that: Men in this world desire success in fruitive activities, and therefore they worship the demigods. Quickly, of course, men get results from ...
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Why did Krishna steal butter and milk?

In the Bhagvad, Lord Krishna is portrayed stealing butter and milk from the Gopis. He teased them, broke their dahi handis, etc. Why did he do so? Why are the acts of stealing and teasing women ...
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Why does Vishnu have eight arms when Krishna and Arjuna go to see him?

Most people only know of occasions in which two different incarnations of Vishnu met, for instance the encounter of Rama and Parashurama as described in the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana. What is not as ...
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Did Krishna have 16108 wives?

Most Hindus believe that Lord Krishna had 16108 wives. Can someone explain this? I have heard that, according to Srimad Bhagavata, the number "16108" has a different philosophical meaning. What does ...
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Should we consider ISKCON devotees as Hindus or not? [closed]

We all know that International Society for Krishna Consciousness has widespread all over the world. These people are very good devotees of Krishna, followed of non violence. But many of them say ...
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Is Lord Ganesha considered same as the ultimate truth and reality (Brahman)?

Many Texts associate OM with cosmic creation and that OM is everything. Ganesha is associated with OM and hence known as oṃkārasvarūpa (Aum is his form). The Ganapati Atharvashirsa states that Lord ...
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Scriptural basis for Uddhava-Gita's conversation on “Why Krishna didn't stop the dice game?” [duplicate]

As per this blog post and this Facebook post, the following is a conversation that took place between Uddhava and Sri Krishna in the Uddhava Gita. Is there any truth to this story/conversation? Is it ...
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Why Krishna is called Ranchhod?

Why Krishna is called Ranchhod or Ranchhod ray. In Gujarat we also sing Jay Ranchhod Makhanchor.
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How many years did Lord Vishnu's human incarnations live for? [duplicate]

As per this question lord Ram must live more then 10000 years as if he ruled his kingdom for 10000 yrs. So How many years did lord Rama live on the earth? I also listen that lord Krishna lived for ...
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What does Krishna say in Bhagavad Gita about his relationships to the Tri-murtis? [duplicate]

Does he say that Vishnu & him are the same? Interestingly, the word "narayana" never occurs in the Gita. Does he say that the other Gods are all parts of him?
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What is the historical origin of Yadavas?

From my reading of Mahabharata Yadavas do not appear to be a strong or prominent clan in India prior to the rise of Shri Krishna. Rather most other high houses of bharata seems to look at Yadavas ...
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Why does Thirumazhisai Alwar say the Pandava Thoothar statue of Krishna is older than him?

The Alwars (also spelled Azhwars) are a group of 12 ancient Vaishnava saints who lived in Tamil Nadu and are famous for their devotional poetry in praise of Vishnu. The collection of their 4000 poems, ...
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Who is Krishna? Is it Draupadi or an avatar of Vishnu?

I am confused with the name Krishna. As per my current knowledge, then name of the the Ninth Avatar(birth) of Narayan is Krishan/krishn (not krishna). And Krishna is the name of Draupadi. But we often ...
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Did Krishna's devotee Uttanka ever attain Moksha?

I am currently visiting India, and I just went to the Adi Keshava Perumal Vishnu Temple in Sri Perumbudur, the birthplace of the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya. On the walls of this ...
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In trying to win Karna over to the Pandava side, did Krishna suggest that Draupadi would accept him as her sixth husband?

After Krishna's efforts to avert the Kurukshetra war fail, as one final attempt, he tries to win Karna over to the Pandava side, but in doing so, does Krishna suggest that Draupadi would accept Karna ...
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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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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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What does Krishna running away from Jarasandha signify?

It is a well-known fact that Krishna is also known as "Ranchor", a name he earned after running away from a battle with Jarasandha. But, how is it that the same Jarasandha was defeated by Karna? So,...
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Contradictory statements in the Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-Gita?

Here in the Bhagavatam it is quoted that In that planet of Satyaloka, there is neither bereavement, nor old age nor death.http://www.vedabase.com/sb/2/2/27/ But here in the Bhagavad-Gita, it is ...
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Did Sri Krishna really show Viswarupa Darshan to Arjuna or was it merely a projection of Arjuna's mind?

Majority of the people misunderstood the Vishwarupa Darshanam, as narrated in Srimad Bhagavad Gita. When Arjuna asked Sri Krishna to show his Divine form (द्रष्टुमिच्छामि ते रूपमैश्वरं पुरुषोत्तम), ...