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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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Are there other interpretations of RV I.154 that confirm or refute Jiva Goswami's interpretation that the Supreme Abode of Vishnu is actually Goloka?

I was reading a commentary on Goloka by Jiva Goswami which led me to the Rig Veda Book 1, Hymn 154 that's dedicated to Lord Vishnu and ends with an exhortation to reach his Supreme abode: I WILL ...
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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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Were Radha and Rukmini the same person?

I saw several videos on YouTube saying that Radha and Rukmini were the same person, but from what I have read, I wasn't able to find any references about the same. Links to YouTube videos: क्या राधा...
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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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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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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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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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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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Yogic liberation like raising kundalini vs Bhakti path

I read that by raising kundalini the serpent power to crown chakra , one can attain state of samadhi , which leads to liberation. My question is , how exactly this liberation compares with 6 type of ...
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What is the Pashupatastra? Did Arjuna use it in the Kurukshetra war?

What is the Pashupatastra? Why did Lord Shiva get it in first place? Did Arjuna really use it in the Kurukshetra war? If he didn't, why did he get it from Lord Shiva? Was it the all-knowing Krishna ...
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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), ...
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Did Sri Krishna show His universal form in Dhritarashtra's court?

Did Lord Krishna show His universal form to Duryodhana when he tried to captive Lord Krishna in Dhritarashtra's court? If yes, then how many people saw His Universal form in this episode?
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Is setting a goal useless if Bhagavad Gita says to work without expecting the rewards?

So, I have this doubt in my mind. I have read Bhagavad Gita and in that book I remember that Krishna told Arjuna to focus only on your actions but not on the results of your actions. Now if I follow ...
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How did Shri Krishna get the Shankh named Panchajanya?

As I know, Shri Krishna used to announce the end of the battle for the day in great Mahabharata battle using a Shankh named as Panchajanya. Does anyone know how He got this Shankh?
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Why didn't Kṛṣṇa really prevent the Mahābhārata war? Did Kṛṣṇa classify the Kurukṣetra war as hiṁsā or ahiṁsā?

Why didn't Kṛṣṇa really prevent the Mahābhārata war from taking place? Was the war really worth it? This answer says the war resulted in the death of more than a billion soldiers, horses and elephants ...
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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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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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Do we have any account of Nand and Yashoda's daughter's afterlife?

In Shreemad Bhagavatam, we have read that infant Krishna was replaced by an infant girl by Vasudeva. This girl was the daughter of Nanda and Yashoda and when Kansa tried to kill that girl she changed ...
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Why Krishna took life of Barbarika before Mahabharata

I am wondering why Krishna took life of Barbarika as guru-dakshina from Barbarika as he was assumed to be the most strong contender in the Mahabharata about whom everyone was worried with his ...
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Why did Vishnu want to see Krsna and Arjuna?

As discussed in this question, Krsna and Arjuna go to Svetadvipa to retrieve the Brahmana's sons. Now when they reach there, Vishnu says this (of all the beautiful words he could say): I brought ...
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What was the chat between Lord Krishna and Arjuna in Kurukshetra when Yudhishthira insulted Arjuna's Gandiva?

When Yudhisthira once insulted Arjuna and his bow Gandiva, Arjuna tried to kill Yudhishthira because he had a vow that if anyone spoke badly about his Gandiva then he will kill that person. Lord ...
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What are the various 'kalas' of Lord Vishnu?

I have read many times that Lord Rama was born with 14 kalas of Lord Vishnu while Lord Krishna had 16 of the same. I want to ask the following: What exactly are kalas? Are these numbers correct? How ...
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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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Is Vishnu present in the current time?

I am very excited because yesterday I was viewing a Geeta shloka from a Mahabharata video present on YouTube. In the shloka, Krishna says to Arjuna: Partha, every time, you and me are present on ...
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Why did Krishna give away his own Narayani Sena to Duryodhana?

In the Mahabharata, there is a mention of Duryodhana and Arjuna going to Krishna to seek assistance in the war. The proud Duryodhana sat beside Krishna's head and Arjuna sat near his feet, while ...
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Apart from living beings, does Paramatma exist in atoms of non living material world also?

In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that ParamAtma exists in the hearts of all living entities. Question: Does he exist even in atoms of the non living material world?
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Rules for chanting Oṃ namo bhagavate Vāsudevāya

Is there any rule for chanting Mahamantra :- Oṃ namo bhagavate Vāsudevāya Or can any one chant this anywhere at anytime (while travelling, eating, sleeping, resting on bed) as we can do nama ...
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What is the significance of the "Hare Rama" mantra? In which of the texts is this mentioned?

The "Hare Rama" mantra is very famous among Hindus. Why is this mantra so important? Is it mentioned in any texts/scriptures?
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Why Krishna wanted to support Pandavas even when both Pandavas and Karuavas were wrong in dice game?

I watched in Star Plus Mahabharata that: Balarama says it was more adharma of Yuddhisthir than Duryodhana. And says, "why did he bet his wives and brothers, when he could simply quit". He was the ...
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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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When did Lord Krishna befriend Sudama?

Yesterday, I was watching a television serial named Sri Krishna, wherein it is shown that Lord Krishna goes to his gurukula, meets Sudama for first time there and befriends him. But I think they had ...
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Who was the warrior in Mahabharata who had his eyelids taped to prevent sleeping?

I remember reading about a very aged warrior in Mahabharata who had his eyelids taped open to prevent him from sleeping . He was killed by Arjuna in the Kurukshetra war. Arjuna who was unable to ...
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Wendy Doniger and the Bhagavad Gita [closed]

Wendy Doniger is a celebrated indologist and has written many books on Hinduism. Amongst other things, here is what she says on the Bhagavad Gita “The Bhagavad Gita is not as nice a book as some ...
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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 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 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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What Scriptures describe Rasaleela of Rudra (Shiva) with Krishna?

Some blogs on internet say Lord Shiva (in human form "Rudra") participated in divine dance (Rasaleela) with Krishna at Vrindavan. Did Bhagavatam or any Purana mention Shiva (Rudra) dancing with ...
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Were Pandavas non-vegetarians?

We know that the Pandavas were Kshatriyas. Were they consuming non-vegetarian food?
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In Mahabharata does Krishna advise Arjuna to use Shikhandi as a shield against Bhishma?

Does Krishna advise Arjuna to use Shikhandi as a shield against Bhishma? If yes, in which part of Bhishmaparva? I am reading Kisari Mohan Ganguli´s version of Mahabharata. But I couldn't find the ...
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Do Vedas suggest multiple rebirths?

In Geetha there are many slokhas that clearly say that rebirth exists. Does it mean multiple rebirths? But I listened to some speeches that say that there is no mention of multiple rebirths in the ...
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BG 14.8 - What is the source of the scriptural definition of "mode of ignorance"?

As you can see below, Prabhupāda, in his purport to BG 14.8, explains the "mode of ignorance" by citing a śloka from some scripture. Which scripture or 'literature' is he talking about? BG 14.8 ...
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Were Yavanas Greeks or Egyptian?

Usually, when we use the term Yavana, we refer to the Greeks since this is what has been told to us. The Monier Williams Dictionary too gives the meaning of Yavana as Greek. But then the following ...
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Why does Periyalwar say that Krishna was born in Thirukottiyur rather than Mathura?

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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What are the Yagnas Sri Krishna was referring to in Srimad Bhagavad Gita?

While explaining Karma Yoga to Arjuna, Sri Krishna says: देवान्भावयतानेन ते देवा भावयन्तु वः। परस्परं भावयन्तः श्रेयः परमवाप्स्यथ।। 3.11 Meaning: You nourish the gods with this. Let those ...
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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 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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Why did Lord Krishna side with the Pandavas in the Kurukshetra battle?

Lord Krishna stood along with the Pandavas during the battle at Kurukshetra. What is the exact reason for this?
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What is the story of Durvasa having Payasa in Krishna's house?

After I wrote this answer I came across this fact from the Mahabharata about Krishna. Endued with great energy he then sat down on the bare earth. He had thought before this of everything that ...
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Are there any remains of ancient Dwarka city being found ever?

I have read that Dwarka, the city of Lord Krishna, emerged from sea and later again submerged into sea. So is there any investigation ever done to find the remains of the ancient city and is anything ...