Krishna is usually regarded as the eight incarnation of lord Vishnu and was born in the Dvarpara Yuga as the “dark one”. Lord Krishna is the embodiment of love and divine joy, that destroys all pain and sin. He is the protector of sacred utterances and cows. Krishna is an instigator of all forms of knowledge and born to establish the religion of love.Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the speaker of the Bhagavad-gita, which is recognized throughout the world as one of mankind’s greatest books of wisdom and poetry.
Krishna was born as the 8th child of Devaki, sister of the cruel demon king Kamsa. The sage Narada had predicted that Kamsa would be killed by his nephew, so the king killed Devaki´s first six children. The 7th, Balarama escaped and the 8th, Krishna, was secretly exchanged for a cowherds daughter.The stories of Krishnas’ life range from before he was born through a series of adventures as he matured into adulthood, his encounters with demons and how he helped his family, demigods, friends and strangers. His life as told in stories shows how human some of his behavior was; his mischievous activities as an infant and flirting with the Gopis as a youth.In his youth Krishna killed Kamsa along with all his cruel associates, liberated his parents from prison, and reinstated Ugrasen as the King of Mathura.
Here are some unknown and fun facts about Lord Krisha:
- Lord Krishna has total of 108 names. Some of which famous names are Gopal, Govind, Devakinandan, Mohan, Shyam, Ghanshyam, Hari, Baanke Bihari, Girdhari etc.
- Krishna had 16,108 wives. Out of which eight were princely queens and he had 80 sons in all. 10 sons from each of these eight wives.
- Pradyumana, the son of Lord Krishna was Kamdeva who was turned into ashes in his earlier life by Lord Shiva.
- Rukmini, the wife of Lord Krishna is considered to be an avatar of Goddess Laxmi.
- Pandavas were maternal relatives to Krishna. Arjuna married krishna’s sister.
- He breathed his last when a hunter’s arrow hit His toe.
- Krishna’s skin colour was dark, not blue.
- Sudarshan Chakra was lord Krishna’s powerful weapon. He used it with restraint. His weapon looked like a sharp disc with exactly 108 sharp edges to it.
- Many of us don’t know that Ekalavya was none other than the cousin of Lord Krishna.
- Krishna was cursed by Queen Gandhari, which led to his death and the destruction of his dynasty.
- There are conflicting reports about whether Radha, Krishna’s consort, was mentioned at all in ancient scriptures.
- One of the unknown facts about Lord Krishna is that Hanuman was also present when Bhagvad Gita was narrated to Arjuna. He was present as an emblem on the chariot’s flag.
- Krishna is mysterious, wise, intelligent, charismatic and complex. No one can understand him completely.
- Krishna was the first person who told Karna about the secret of his birth.
- As we know, Krishna was the eighth child of his mother, Devaki. The seventh one was Balrama. He also brought other six sons of Devaki for a reunion. These six sons were the grandsons of Hirnakashyap who were suffering from a curse.
Krishna is a name of the original, unique Supreme Person, the source of all that exists. God has many names, and each describes a different aspect of His personality. Allah, Vishnu, Jehovah, and God refer to His greatness and His role as creator, maintainer of the universe, and Lord of all. The name Krishna—”the all-attractive one”—indicates the unequaled charm and beauty of the Supreme Person, as He appears to His most dear devotees.uth.
Lord Shri krishna chiefly had 8 wives according to scriptures, Different scriptures differ on the names of wives, praticularly on the names of Bhadra, Madri, Rohini and Kalindi.
Why Lord krishna had more than 16000 wives?
Krishna married them all at the same auspicious time assuming that many bodies, so they could gain status of married women and live in the society with honor again. By expanding Himself in 16,108 forms, He simultaneously married them all in different palaces at the same auspicious moment. Krishna constructed them each a palace with huge gardens ful of colorful flowers, It was impossible to live with each of them so he created 16100 forms of himself so that he could treat them all in the same manner as his 8 wives. Scriptures say that each of them had 10 sons and 1 daughter.
Unbelievers become astonished to learn that Lord Krishna married more than 16,000 queens because they think of Lord Krishna as one of them and measure the potency of the Lord by their own limited potency.
Why didn’t Lord Krishna marry Sri Radha?
Sri Radha and Sri Krishna together are supreme Godhead. They are one but they have manifested themselves eternally as two for performing pastimes of love. Its very difficult to grasp this concept. Not just difficult, humanly impossible with logic or argument. It is inconceivable how one soul can manifest as two eternally, and still be one.
Divine beings like Sri Radha and Sri Krishna get divine pleasure simply by remembering each other, and longing to meet someday. They do not need any carnal pleasures from each other. They reside in each others’ heart and mind. The physical reality is of no importance to them. They live forever in the realm of spirit, of love, which is beyond space and time. It is transcendental and beyond description by a human mind.
Therefore parakiya rasa is higher than svakiya rasa. It is the highest rasa of all.
In svakiya rasa, you can easily meet your lover. You have a right to be with him/her. You are married. People respect your relationship. You can easily express your desires and fulfill them. There is no pain, suffering or sacrifice involved. There is no longing to meet. You become familiar. Very familiar. (And as they say, familiarity breeds contempt!).
Therefore the story of Sri Radhika and Sri Krishna in separation (where they remember each other as separated lovers) gives great ecstasy to Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Who is the combined form of Sri Radha and Sri Krishna; an avatar of Godhead to bless humanity with divine love). And followers of Mahaprabhu like to think of the divine lovers as unmarried.
It is described in the scriptures that Lord Krishna used to cry in his sleep and call out the names of Radharani, Yashoda mai, and his gopa and gopi friends, even after he was crowned the supreme ruler of Dwarka. Even when he had 16,108 wives to love and serve Him. Because His heart was always longing for reuniting with his childhood love – Sri Radha.
Information are gathered from various sources.
Krishna Janmashtami is an annual celebration of the birth of the Hindu god Krishna. Krishna is one of the many names of Lord Vishnu, and Sri Krishan is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is the speaker of the Bhagavad-gita, which is recognized throughout the world as one of mankind’s greatest books of wisdom and poetry. He is infinite, we are finite, and He maintains us all.
It is believed that lord Vishnu reincarnated in the form of lord Krishna on the auspicious day of Janmashtami The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad (August–September) in the Hindu calendar .
On the occasion the temples and homes are wonderfully decorated and lightened. Religious hymns are sung at temples. The priests bath the idol with Panchamrita which comprises of water from the holy Ganges River, milk, ghee or clarified butter, curd, and honey pouring all these from a conch shell. Then the idol of infant Krishna is placed in a cradle. Raslilas are performed to remember the childhood memories of Lord Krishna.
We celebrate Janmashtami by fasting, worshipping Krishna and staying up until midnight, and offer prayers at special time when Krishna is believed to have been born. Images of Krishna’s infancy are placed in swings and cradles in temples and homes. At midnight, devotees gather around for devotional songs, dance and exchange gifts. Some temples also conduct readings of the Hindu religious scripture Bhagavad Gita.
The holy occasion brings people together, thus it signifies unity and faith. The main significance of Janmashtami is to encourage goodwill and to discourage bad will. Krishna Jayanti also celebrates togetherness. This celebration encourages working in a team, thus signifies the importance of team work.