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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 Kanha/Kanhaiya name of Krishna?

As per the original Vishnu Sahasranamam as detailed in Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata, names like Gopal, Rama and Govinda are mentioned for Lord Krishna/Vishnu, but not Kanha/Kanhaiya. So, from which ...
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Is Lord Jagannath an incarnation of Vishnu?

Lord Jagannath is worshiped along with Balbhadra and Subhadra in the famous temple at Puri. I want to know is Lord Jagannath an incarnation of Vishnu?
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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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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 didn't Lord Rama and Lord Krishna stop untouchability?

Scriptures confirm that the untouchability was practiced during Dwapara Yuga. Lord Rama and Lord Krishna were incarnations of God incarnated to destroy adharma on the earth in Treta Yuga and Dwapara ...
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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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Do we take rebirth if we help others?

Lord Krishna told us to surrender to him and do our duties for him and not for dharma and adharma and if we do it (for dharma or adharma) we will take rebirth to take the effects of good deed or bad ...
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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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Why did Bhima kill Duryodhana unfairly?

Why did Bhima kill Duryodhana unfairly by hitting him below the waist during their final battle in the Mahabharata war?
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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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Is Pandu's last wish, not to burn his body but eat it away, real?

On Wikipedia, it is given that Pandu asks his sons to eat his flesh and only Sahadeva does so because of which he gains ability to see the future but Krishna asks him not to reveal anything to anyone. ...
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Is killing justified in the Bhagwad Gita?

How according to Krishna's teaching to Arjuna, was the war between the two sides justified? Isn't fighting over a kingdom petty compared to the lives that would be lost? Isn't killing (be it human ...
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Krishna's role in game of dice

Why didn't Krishna help or save Pandavas when they played the game of dice with Kauravas and Shakuni?
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How do we reconcile Rama vs. Ravana and Krishna/Arjuna vs. Karna scenarios?

Comparing the two scenarios: Secnario 1: Rama has destroyed all of Ravana's weapons, chariot etc..and has him completely unarmed. However Rama sends him back to come the next day stating that it is ...
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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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Lesser known but main wives of Lord Krishna apart from Rukmini, Satyabhama and Jambavati?

I have heard/read somewhere that there were 8 major wives of Lord Krishna. Also there were some approx. 16,000 girls that Lord Krishna freed from Narakasura and as no one would marry them, therefore ...
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Why did Lord Rama and Lord Krishna choose to born at (12 O'clock) day and night time respectively?

I have heard that Lord Rama was born at afternoon 12 O'clock (In day time) in Treta yuga. Same as in Dwapara yuga, Lord Krishna was born at mid night 12 O'clock (In night time). Both Lord Rama and ...
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What scriptures describe Mahabali stealing Vishnu’s crown and Garuda giving it to Krishna?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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Are idols only imagination or someone had really seen God(s)

I'm always thinking how Lord Krishna is seen different in every photo , sculpture idol etc . Was there anyone who drew the first painting of him or what we see everywhere is only imagination?
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What is 'Tapa' in Hinduism?

In Bhagavad Gita it's mentioned that Yajna, Tapa and Dana are the Karmas which a person should never abandon in his life. What is 'Tapa' in Hinduism?
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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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Why was oath so important for Bhishma Pitamaha?

As we had seen in Mahabharata, Bhishma never broke any of his vows. He was an honorable man in whole country. He knows that Kauravas(Duryodhan) are wrong in his decision regarding giving ...
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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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Why does lord Krishna love cows so much?

Why only cows, why not buffaloes or goats or any other animal whose milk is edible for humans?
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Why did Sri Krishna say he is Indra among Devatas?

Sri Krishna, while equating himself with greatest among all living beings and non-living things among various sects, says in Bhagavad Gita as follows: आदित्यानामहं विष्णुर्ज्योतिषां रविरंशुमान्। मरी...
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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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BG 4.40 - What does Kṛṣṇa mean by saṁśayātmā (doubting mind)?

Bhagavad-gītā 4.40 says: अज्ञश्चाश्रद्दधानश्च संशयात्मा विनश्यति। नायं लोकोऽस्ति न परो न सुखं संशयात्मनः।।4.40।। ajñaścāśraddadhānaśca saṅśayātmā vinaśyati. nāyaṅ lōkō.sti na parō na ...
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Gandhari's curse to Shri Krishna

Post the Mahabharat war, Gandhari cursed Krishna that he and his kin will be destroyed 36 years from then. What is so specific about that count 36?
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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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Were Pandavas non-vegetarians?

We know that the Pandavas were Kshatriyas. Were they consuming non-vegetarian food?
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Where can we find the description of how Maharaja Parikshith (as a baby) was saved by Sri Krishna?

I am looking for references on the story of Sri Krishna saving Parikshith. Specifically looking for references to section where Sri Krishna is said to have touched the charred body of the baby, vowing ...
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In which caste was Lord Krishna born into?

What is the caste that Lord Sri Krishna was born into? Was it kshatriya (warrior) or Yadava (shepherd)? People from the yadava community claim that Sri Krishna is a Yadava and was born into their ...
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Chapter-13, Verse-34: Why Lord Krishna says “… Sun alone lightens the whole universe …”?

With current progress in science and technology it's a known fact that there are more than 10^22 stars in the visible universe. Many of them are much bigger, brighter than our Sun and exist even ...
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How did Samba, Krishna's son, get relieved from Curse of Krishna?

Samba was Lord Krishna and Jamabavati son. Samba was born from Amsa of Lord Shiva. Lord Krishna wanted to end His Yadava clan (who were attendants of Lord Vishnu in Vaikunta) as His innumerable ...
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What arguments Adi Shankara makes to claim that Supreme is devoid of any attributes?

The interpretation of 'Nirguna' is different in different philosophies. Srila baldeva VidyaBhushan in His Govind Bashya (Gaudiya vaishnav commentary on vedanta sutras)interprets 'Nirguna' as being ...
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Did Chaitanya Mahaprabhu indeed say Mahavishnu was an incarnation of Krishna?

Any proof in the Chaitanya Charitamrita that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says Mahavishnu is an incarnation of Krishna? Apologies to anyone offended by my question.
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Is the current form of Gita is authentic as what Krishna actually said or interpolated?

Only Arjuna and Sanjaya could hear the Gita messages, that were said by Krishna in Kurukshetra. After that, Arjuna was involved in the war of Mahabharata. Anywhere I have never heard that Arjuna ...
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Madhurya bhava towards goddesses such as Radha, Parvati, etc.,

I've seen that many people do devotion in madhurya bhava (the emotion of lover-beloved) to male Gods e.g., Krishna, Shiva, Rama etc. In a similar way, can a devotee have madhurya bhava towards ...
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If one simply needs to understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead,then why many people dedicate their lives in the studying of the Vedas?

Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad (3.2.3) Our relationship with the Supreme Lord is never advanced by simple study of the Vedas. There are many Māyāvādī sannyāsīs fully engaged in studying the Vedas, Vedānta-sūtra ...
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Difference between Jeeva and Atman

I have read in an forum that Jeeva means Soul or individual self. Typically it contains seven layers(koshas).It is the one who was shackled in prakriti(Maya). On death of physical body it gets new ...
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What is the ultimate destination for souls in Bhagavad Gita?

The English translation of Bhagavad Gita isn't quite perfect to what actually Krishna conveyed in Bhagavad Gita. When I read that, there Lord Krishna mentions the word, Paramatma, Parameshwar in so ...
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Did Lord Krishna really consume alcohol?

In a website, I found a verse supposedly from the Mahabharata where Lord Krishna drinks alcohol along with Arjuna: उभौ मध्वासवक्षिप्तावुभौ चन्दनरूषितौ । स्रग्विनौ वरवस्त्रौ तौ दिव्याभरणभूषितौ ॥ ...
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Who founded “Pushti mArga” and how is it different than “Vaishnavism”?

Typically in Gujarat region of India, the devotees of Shrinathji follow "Pushti mArga". I would like to know: Who founded it & when? How is it different than conventional Vaishnavism?
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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 is the earliest record of the Kali Santarana Upanishad, source of the Hare Krishna Mantra?

As I discuss in this answer, the Hare Krishna mantra, popularized by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his Gaudiya Vaishnava followers (especially the organization ISKCON), originates from the Kali Santarana ...
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Why is Sri Krishna idol turned towards a window in Udupi temple?

In most of the Hindu temples, the main deity faces towards east. The devotees seeking darshan have darshan directly from the front. But this is not followed in Udupi Krishna matha, Karnataka. This ...
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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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Why does Krishna suck his toe while lying on a Banyan leaf?

The very famous imagery of a baby Krishna sucking his own toes is mentioned in various places. The first paragraph of the Balamukundashtaka clearly depicts the scene: Kararvinde na padarvindam ...
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Worship of combined deities of “Krishna, Balarama, and Subhadra” as in Jagannath Puri?

Where else other than Jagannath Puri, is the worship of combined deities of "Krishna, Balarama, and Subhadra" done? i.e., any other temples such as the Puri Jagannath temple? From the official ...
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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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