(Last Updated on : 16/03/2013)
Krishna temples in India are scattered throughout the country. Lord Krishna is integrally associated with love, friendship, benevolence and mischief. Hence whether, it is north, south, west or east India, this deity is worshipped by all. While some devotees are fond of the 'bal gopal' (Krishna in his childhood), others are in awe of Krishna who delivered the messages inscribed in Bhagawad Gita to Arjuna. Yet he stands for power as well. He is powerful because the universe starts and ends with him; he is the one who stands up in the face of injustice to deliver justice. Steeped in mythological tales, Lord Krishna is one of the Hindu gods who are widely worshipped. Hence a number of temples dedicated to this deity can be found all over the sub-continent.
Krishna is hailed as the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu
. Lord Krishna gave the highest form of teaching on the battlegrounds of Kurukshetra to its disciple Arjuna
and this teaching later came to be known as the Bhagwad Gita
which is recited by some people on a daily basis and also on auspicious occasions. The Bhagwad Gita is also regarded as the holy book of the Hindus. He is known for his bravery in destroying evil powers throughout his life and some of the Krishna Temples in India portray his leelas or deeds. The Lord is usually depicted as playing the flute or murali, an indication of the spread of the melody of love to people.
, the day on which the Lord Krishna
was born, is regarded as one of the most auspicious occasions and it is celebrated all over India with much enthusiasm. Lord Krishna is also shown with his childhood devotee Radha. The Lord is usually remembered and worshipped as Radha-Krishna. The pair symbolizes the eternal love between people and god. Lord Krishna is also shown with his pet white cow. He performed many divine sports or leela as a child.
A majority of the Indian classical music collection in almost all the languages have their subject as the celebration of the childhood of Lord Krishna. Several Krishna Temples is India are found where the Lord is worshipped a large number of devotees. Some of the temples are Iskcon Temples in Delhi, West Bengal, Bengaluru and Tirupati, Dwarkadhish Temple
in Dwarka, Guruvayoor Temple, Vrindavan
Temples, Mathura Temples, Ashvakranta Temple in Guwahati
, Shri Govindji Temple in Imphal, Gopinath Temple In Balasore, Govind Devji Temple
in Jaipur, Lalji Temple in Haldia, Aranmula Temple in Tiruvalla, Radha Shyama Temple in Kolkata
, Nathdwara Temple
, temple of Shreenathji in Nathdwara, etc.