Lord Krishna is one of the most revered and celebrated figures in Hinduism, known for his profound wisdom, charismatic personality, and divine powers. He is often depicted as a god with dark or blue skin, typically playing a flute, with a peacock feather adorning his head. This portrayal not only captures his divine nature but also his role as a bringer of joy and love.

Krishna is considered a full avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu, one of the principal deities of Hinduism tasked with preserving the universe. His life story is primarily detailed in the ancient Indian scriptures of the Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, and Srimad Bhagavatam.

Early Life

Krishna’s birth is a tale of miraculous events and divine intervention. He was born in a dungeon in the city of Mathura, to Devaki and Vasudeva, who were imprisoned by Devaki’s evil brother Kamsa. Kamsa had heard a prophecy that Devaki’s eighth son would be his doom. To protect Krishna from Kamsa’s wrath, immediately after his birth, he was transported across the Yamuna river to Gokul, where he was raised by his foster parents, Yashoda and Nanda, in a community of cowherds.

Youth and Playfulness

Krishna’s youth in Vrindavan is marked by numerous playful and miraculous deeds, which also include his interactions with the Gopis (milkmaids), among whom Radha stands out as his most devoted and beloved. These stories symbolize the joyous and loving nature of Krishna, and his playful acts, known as ‘leelas’, are celebrated in various festivals and art forms.

The Teacher and Philosopher

Krishna’s role as a teacher is best exemplified in the Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the epic Mahabharata. On the battlefield of Kurukshetra, as a charioteer to the Pandava prince Arjuna, Krishna imparts spiritual wisdom and guidance about duty, righteousness, and the paths to spiritual realization. This discourse addresses the moral and philosophical dilemmas faced by Arjuna and has been a guiding text in Hindu philosophy.

Warrior and King

Apart from being a divine teacher, Krishna also played a key role in the events of the Mahabharata, including the great battle of Kurukshetra. He is known for his strategic acumen and his role in ensuring the victory of the Pandavas. After the war, Krishna ruled over the city of Dwaraka as a wise and just king.


Krishna’s influence extends beyond Hinduism. His life and teachings have been interpreted in various cultural and theological contexts, making him a symbol of love, divine joy, and dharma (righteous path). Festivals like Janmashtami (celebrating his birth) and Raas Lila (depicting his playful aspects) are celebrated with great fervor around the world.

Krishna remains a symbol of devotion, mystical experience, and the joyous fulfillment of life. His stories continue to inspire and influence not only individuals but also art, culture, and philosophy across the globe.