Krishna Parijatha is based on one of those mythological tales that is widely popular in Karnataka. This art form depicts the rich and vibrant culture of the land. The belief and customs of the people are reflected in these art forms. Krishna Parijatha is a folk theater that heavily draws from the ancient religious books. Revolving around Lord Krishna it is a delight to watch drama being performed on stage. It is often presumed that Krishna Parijatha is an amalgamation of the themes of the other two popular dance dramas -Yakshagana and Byalatta. The subject matter is borrowed from the Mahabharata, epic.
Parijatha literally means the wish granting trees. There are various legends that are related to this anecdote. But the one, which is more popular, is the one that involves Lord Krishna. According to the legend Parijatha tree emerged from the ocean of existence. It was planted in the garden of Indra. Satyabhama, the second wife of Lord Krishna, was lured by its fragrance. She compelled him to bring the tree from Indra`s garden. A war followed in which Indra was defeated. Finally, the tree was planted on earth so that it proves beneficial for men. This entire story is enacted through Krishna Parijatha.