(Last Updated on : 23/04/2015)
Krishna is said to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu. This incarnation of Vishnu is possibly the most important of the ten avatars of Vishnu. This incarnation of Vishnu as a human being shows his usual development starting from the childhood, adolescence, adulthood etc.
The Krishna avatar put a lot of impression in the human mind and he got wide popularity. He had an almost universal appeal. He was born in the womb of Devaki, wife of Vasudeva, an ancient mythological king. But due to the fear of being killed by Kamsa, Devaki's brother, Krishna was shifted to Yashoda's house on the day of his birth. He was brought up by Nandaraja and his wife Yoshoda.
The super-human deeds of Krishna revealed a striking human capacity for drinking, fighting and romantic adventures. Most of his works of valour can be found in the Mahabharata, the great Indian epic. The courageous activities of Krishna can be seen mainly in its later interpolation, the Bhagavad-Gita which is almost entirely devoted to him.
The rustic nature of Lord Krishna is described in some of the Krishna stories, where his music and its effect on the girl cowherds (gopis) are described. It provides a rich source of speculation on its symbolism. It is said that his flute music had a magical power. The peacocks started dancing and other animals stand still and worshipped him with their glances on hearing the flute of Krishna. The celestial maidens flying in their aerial cars above the earth used to get infatuated with him and shower him with flowers, rivers used to turn smooth-running and offer him lotuses, and in the heat of the day clouds used to fall on him their cooling rain on hearing the music.
He was romantically linked with a gopi Radha and is said to have married Rukmini in later period when he went back to Mathura to kill Kamsa and to free his parents from