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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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What is the story of Haridwar?

I want to know the details story of ritual place Haridwar and "Har ki pauri". There are many famous places in Haridwar.So I would like to know the story behind Haridwar pilgrimage place.
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How king Janaka attained perfection through karma-yoga?

कर्मणैव हि संसिद्धिमास्थिता जनकादय: | लोकसंग्रहमेवापि सम्पश्यन्कर्तुमर्हसि || Shlok 20, Chapter 3, Bhagvat Geeta. Lord Krishna had given an example of king Janaka for how to attain a perfection ...
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Which is the Gomanta mountain, to which Krishna & Balaram fled?

Chapter 39 of Vishnu Parva of Harivamsa gives a conversation between Lord Parshurama and Shri Krishna where he is telling them about the Gomanta mountain: tatashchyutA gamiShyAmaH sahyasya vivare ...
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What scriptures describe Krishna hiding from Yashoda in Dadhipandan's yogurt pot?

As I discuss in this question, the famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya once visited the town of Thirukkolur in order to see the Vaithamanidhi Perumal Vishnu temple, when he saw a little girl ...
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Where is the account of Shishupala's atrocities in Dvaraka?

In Chapter 44 of the Sabha Parva of Mahabharata, during the Rajasuya Yajna of Yudhishthira, Shishupala criticises Krishna using many insults, and then Krishna retorts to Shishupala's insults directed ...
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Do scriptures talk about some men not having nipples? [closed]

In his book Jaya, Devdutt Patanaik mentions the following: (From: Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata By Devdutt Pattanaik) So my questions are: Is there any scriptural references to ...
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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 Radha really a Hindu goddess or not? [duplicate]

I am confused about Goddess Radha's existence in the Hindu Puranas. A few books that I read mention her as Lord Krishna's lover and that she is an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi while some others ...
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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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What is the actual interpretation of following Bhagavad Gita shlokha?

In Chapter 2 Sloka 38 of Bhagavad Gita, it is said that; Maintain equanimity when faced with happiness and distress, gain and loss, victory and defeat – fight, and in this way you will not incur ...
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Who is Krishna's friend Vijaya?

In this chapter of the Ashwamedha Parva of the Mahabharata, Krishna brings Abhimanyu's son Parikshit back to life, after he is born stillborn as a result of Ashwatthama's Brahmastra (which I discuss ...
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Who was the Guru of lord Krishna?

Did Lord Sri Krishna have a Guru in his life? At what age did he meet a Guru? Did he stay at his Guru's Ashram like Lord Sri Rama?
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Was Ekalavya the cousin of Krishna?

Today I read that Ekalavya (student of Dronacharya who practiced in front of Dronacharya's statue) is the cousin of Lord Krishna and Krishna killed him. How are they cousins?
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The Varna system and capitalism

I usually tend to accept most of the teachings of Gita pretty easily. However, I can not easily digest the verse 18.47: It is better to engage in one's own occupation, even though one may perform ...
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Why was Lord Krishna named 'Krishna'?

Before the birth of Lord Krishna, was anyone else named Krishna? How did the name Krishna come into usage and why was the Lord named Krishna? EDIT: Why Arjuna was also addressed sometimes as ...
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How did Krishna go from being a mischievous kid to playing a major role in the Mahabharata war?

How did Lord Krishna get involved in the Mahabharata war? What I mean is, Lord Krishna was born and grew up in Vrindavana and was playing with Gopis throughout his childhood, so how did he actually ...
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What type of flute did Krishna use?

I've been trying to find out whether Krishna used a bansuri flute (6 holed North Indian traverse flute), or the venu (7 to 8 holed South Indian/Carnatic traverse flute). I couldn't find a clear ...
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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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Yadava race destruction?

In the Mahabharata Gandhari curses Krishna with the death of all the Yadavas. A rishi cursed Samba to destroy his entire race. Who is the rishi, why two curses, and whose curse came true?
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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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How did Parashurama, a Vishnu Avatar, appear alongside the next two Avatars of Rama & Krishna? [duplicate]

Why if Lord Parashurama is a Vishnu Avatar appear with Rama in the Ramayana and with Krishna in the Mahabharata?
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Who killed Banasura - Lord Krishna or Devi?

There seems to be some confusion between different accounts of the Banasura fight - some state that Krishna killed him while others mention that he let him live when Shiva interceded on the demon's ...
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Why doesn't Lord Krishna give Moksha to everyone?

If Krishna wants, he can give Moksha to everyone. Bhagavad Gita 18.66: sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ Meaning:- Abandon all varieties ...
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Are revenge and punishment allowed in hinduism?

In Mahabharata, Shree krishna tells Arjuna to destroy his enemies and brothers. He reminds Arjuna of how draupadi was insulted and everything. He tells that punishing the sinful is the duty of ...
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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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Why at the end all the fruits of the efforts are offered to Krishna and not Rama etc?

Usually at the end of the any rituals it is said as sarvam sree krishnaarpanam (all the outcomes belongs to Krishna - a crude translation) and Krishna name is chanted thrice or ten times. ...
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What are the differences between Vaikuntha loka and Goloka?

Differences between Vaikuntha loka and Goloka.
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Why and how Rath-yatra in Ahmedabad started?

As today is the day (29th June 2014) when Lord Krishna, Subhadra and Balram goes on a Rath yatra and that's famous in Jagannathpuri. Since last 137 years that's happening in Ahmedabad, Gujarat as ...
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What is the reason behind the demand of only 5 villages?

Krishna says to Duryodhana if you don't give Indraprastha then give only 5 villages to Pandavas Kusasthala, Vrikasthala, Makandi, Varanavata, fifth any other. My question is, what is the reason ...
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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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How did Sudama die?

The story of Sri Krishna and Sudama (Kuchela) is well known by everyone. But not much detail is known about Sudama after Sri Krishna alleviated his poverty. So, what happened after he was blessed ...
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Why Lord Krishna says he is Bhrigu in sages?

Why Lord Krishna says he is Bhrigu in sages whereas Bhrigu rishi put leg on the Lord Vishnu's chest? Is there any reason behind calling himself as Sage bhrigu? reference geeta ch-10 verse 25
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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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At what age did Shri Krishna leave Vrindavan?

Does anyone know at what age Shri Krishna leave Vrindavan? Are there any scriptural references available for this?
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How is the existence of Krishna's 8 Chief Wives reconciled with the idea of Vishnu/Lakshmi?

Krishna's 16100 junior wives come with an explanation of rescue from a life of indignity. Rukmini and Radha are both supposed to be avatars of Lakshmi. But then, how is Krishna's marriage to his ...
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The iconography of Laddu Gopal's soles

More questions about the iconography of the young Krishna, this time in his Laddu Gopal swaroop, which I believe is a traditional image of Bal Gopal in Rajasthan, MP and other parts of India. Here ...
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In Mahabharata, were people aware of Krishna's Reality?

I have following question Krishna wielded the Sudarshan Chakra. In many instances he has used it in front of several people. So, wasn't it clear to everyone that Krishna is indeed Vishnu because, as ...
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Why did Lord Krishna stay at Vidura's house instead of Duryodhana's house when he had gone for an alliance with Kauravas?

If Lord Krishna wanted to stay with Duryodhana's house But why he chosen the Viduar's house? I have heard one notable thing is that Lord Krishna had eaten the dandelion's bread in Vidura's house.
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Has Krishna said explicitly how to measure spiritual advancement?

One sloka I personally like refer to in order to remind me of spiritual advancement is in the Bhagavad-Gita 2.56. duḥkheṣv anudvigna-manāḥ sukheṣu vigata-spṛhaḥ vīta-rāga-bhaya-krodhaḥ sthita-dhīr ...
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Meaning of inaction in action and action in inaction in Bhagavadgita 4.18

Where is the meaning of "inaction in action and action in inaction" in Bhagavadgita 4.18 ? karmany akarma yah pasyed akarmani ca karma yah sa buddhiman manusyesu > sa > yuktah krtsna-...
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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 mention Krishna killing Sakatasura the cart demon as a baby?

One of the most famous incidents of Krishna's childhood is the story of how he kicked over a heavy cart when he was a baby. In popular versions of the story, Krishna's evil uncle Kamsa sends a demon ...
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Will Yashoda's soul be Krishna's mother again in the next Dwapara yuga? Do relationships with God's incarnations remain same across yugas?

It is clear from Geetha that a soul takes rebirth until it attains moksha state. It is also clear from Geetha that Krishna reincarnates as himself for the establishment of dharma. Do Krishna's ...
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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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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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akashic records and Hinduism

Akashic Records are defined by some hindus and theosophists as a compendium of thoughts, events, and emotions encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the astral plane. Its been ...
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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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Which verse of Padma purana and Narasimha purana claims Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is Krishna/Vishnu Himself?

This website provides many evidences to prove the divinity of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Verse from Padma purana: yatrayogesvarah saksad yogi-cintyo janardanah caitanya vapur aste vai ...
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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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