7 little-known and interesting legends about Lord Krishna

He loves butter. The gopis love him. And he’s blue-skinned. These are some of the most well-known facts about Lord Krishna. Here, now, keeping in mind that Janmashtami (Lord Krishna’s birthday) is just around the corner (September 5, 2015) are some little-known facts about one of India’s most-loved deities.

He loves butter. The gopis love him. And he’s blue-skinned. These are some of the most well-known facts about Lord Krishna. Here, now, keeping in mind that Janmashtami (Lord Krishna’s birthday) is just around the corner (September 5, 2015) are some little-known facts about one of India’s most-loved deities.

Govinda Fine Art Print by Abhinav Kafare

1. The ultimate ladies’ man

Krishna had more than 16,108 wives, of which only eight (yes, only eight) were his princely wives, known as Ashtabharya or patrani. These special eight were Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Nagnajiti, Kalindi, Mitravinda, Bhadra, and Lakshma.

Jamini Dancing Gopis – Table Clock by Design5 Studio

2. For the love of Murali

Where Krishna went, his flute went. And the doe-eyed gopis dutifully followed.

The gopis once asked Murali, Krishna’s flute: “O Murali, tell us the truth. What merits does our Lord see in you that he holds you so lovingly and tenderly day and night that you might drink deep the nectar of his lovely lips and installs you as the most beloved queen among us all? Where lies the charm, the beauty, the grace and attractiveness in you? Will you not reveal that secret to us, the constant beggars of Krishna’s love?”

Worshippers of the divine blue flautist will appreciate this immaculate creation in luminous brass of Krishna playing Murali here:

Divine Flautist – Brass Krishna by Imli Street

3. The Riddle of Radha

If Rukmini was one of Krihsna’s special queens, who was Radha to him? Did Krishna marry Radha? How did Rukmini feel about Radha? Did Rukmini meet Radha? Quite frankly, none of it matters. All that matters is Radha loved Krishna. Everything else is us being judgemental. You don’t question, label and judge a love like Radha’s. It is an unconditional love. A spiritual love. A love that was blessed by Lord Brahma. It was a love above all love. It was a match made in heaven literally (by Lord Brahma), the love between Radha and Krishna.

If you love the story of Radha and Krishna, you will love these handmade ear-rings showcasing the eternal sunshine of their spotless minds:

RadhaKrishna Earrings by Design5 Studio

4. Little Krishna

Lord Krishna was a child at heart. Always. He was impish (always) and well-known for teasing the milkmaids of Vrindavan and reducing his foster mother Yashoda to tears with his naughty antics. He and his friends would steal milk and butter, hide the clothes of bathing girls, let the cows go free at milking time, and even break the water pots that the milkmaids carried on their heads. No wonder he is universally acknowledged as the deity of humour and messenger of peace.

This Janmashtami, nurture your inner child with these gorgeous pieces of utility art de Jamini Krishna that capture the life of little Krishna. Peace will be with you:

Jamini Krishna – Large Serving Tray by Design5 Studio

5. Un-fair and much-loved

Krishna is from the Sanskrit word Ka. Krsna is an adjective that means ‘black’ or ‘dark.’ Did somebody say fair and handsome?

Krishna on a Lotus Painting – Fabric Wall Sticker by WallDesign

6. Krishna the Prophet

Bahá’ís believe that Krishna was a ‘Manifestation of God,’ or one in a line of prophets who have revealed the Word of God progressively for a gradually maturing humanity. In this way, Krishna shares an exalted station with Abraham, Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Muhammad, Jesus, the Báb, and the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh.

Engraved Wooden Name Plate – Radha Krishna by Engrave – Memories, Etched Forever!

7. Krishna in the Quran

Members of the Ahmadiyya Community believe Krishna to be a great prophet of God as described by their founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. This belief is maintained by the Qur’anic Principle that God has sent prophets and messengers to every nation of the world leaving no region without divine guidance (Quran 10:47 and Quran 16:36). Some say, the Prophet Muhammad which mentions a prophet of God in India who was dark in colour and his name was ‘Kahana.’

As you can see, there are many forms of Lord Krishna; just as there are many forms of God. We must remind yourself of this universal truth this Janmashtami (September 5). Here’s our shrine devoted to Lord Krishna.

Nimish Adani

I am the founder & CEO of Engrave. I started off in 2011 with a workshop that engraved photos for customers on to wooden plaques. Soon, we were making plaques, nameplates, canvas prints, decals and dozens of other products for thousands of customers. To help us make these items, we engaged a group of dedicated craftsmen. By 2015, 3 of our dedicated craftsmen had built their own workshops, employing between 6-10 people. By showcasing their skills on a digital platform, these craftsmen had turned into successful entrepreneurs. This success motivated me to transform Engrave in to a platform which could help thousands of Indian artisans and craftspersons - and this lead to the launch of the maker's market in 2015.

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    iandkrsna November 03, 2017

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