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12 Lesser Known Facts About Krishna

Krishna was clearly ‘the dude’ of his time. Means, one among his many names was ‘Keshav’, which accurately means ‘adorable’ and ‘a charmer’. We usually remember the eight avatar of Vishnu because the cute little makhan chor, or because the guide of Arjun in Mahabharat, who helped the warrior find his path within the midst of battle. But Krishna is such a lot quite that. 

Here are some things about the legendary character facts that the majority people probably do not know . 

1. Krishna has 108 names.

God Krishna is claimed to possess 108 names among which the famous ones are Madhav, Abhijeet, Banke, Darsh, Girivar, Govind, Harish, Jugal, Kanji to call a couple of . 

2. Krishna had 16,108 wives.

God had 16,108 wives in total, out of which eight were his principal wives referred to as ‘Ashtabharya’ namely Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Mitravinda, Bhadra, Lakshmana who bore him 10 sons each. He rescued 16,100 women from the of a demon Narakasura who had forcibly kept them in captivity in his palace and freed them. However, all of them returned to God Krishna as none of their families were able to accept them back then he married all of them to guard their honour. However, it’s said that he never had any relations with them. 

3. Krishna was cursed by Queen Gandhari, which led to his death and therefore the destruction of his dynasty.

In Kurukshetra war all 100 of Gandhari’s sons (Kaurava) dead. When Krishna approached her to pay his condolences, the grieving mother spitefully cursed him that he along side the Yadu dynasty would perish in 36 years. Krishna already felt that the Yadavas were already transforming into a morally decadent race and will perish then he calmly said “Tathastu” at the top of her declaration.

4. Krishna’s complexion was dark, not blue. 

Krishna’s attractiveness are the matter of folklore, but though commonly depicted in paintings and idols as blue, his complexion was actually dark. Spiritualists believe that his all-inclusive, magnetic aura had blue hues then he’s generally depicted as being blue in colour. 

5. Krishna brought his Sandipani Muni’s dead son back to life.

After completing their education under Guru Sandipani Muni, Krishna and Balarama asked their Guru what he wanted as Guru Dakshina. Guru Sandipani Muni asked them to revive his dead son who had disappeared in an ocean near Prabhasa. Balaram and Krishna travelled to the spot where they learnt that their Guru’s son had been trapped by a demon who lived inside named Panchajanya which they subsequently took to Yama (God of Death) and asked him to revive the boy. Thus, Krishna and Balarama succeeded in restoring their Guru’s son. 

6. Krishna blowing on his conch, Panchjanya, was the war cry out for the Pandavas in Kurukshetra.

Krishna’s conch named Panchjanya had powerful reverberations everywhere the planet when blown. Krishna blew his conch to signal the beginning of the battle of Kurukshetra and at the top to symbolise the victory of dharma (righteousness).

7. Krishna was associated with the Pandavas.

Kunti, the mother of the Pandavas was actually Vasudev’s sister. Vasudev was Krishna’s father.

8. Eklavya was Krishna’s cousin, but was slain by him. 

The skilled archer Eklavya was the son of Devsharavu who was Vasudev’s brother (Krishna’s father). After Dronacharya makes Eklavya stop his right thumb, God Krishna grants him a boon to be reincarnated so on seek revenge on him. Eklavya is reincarnated as Dhrishtadyumna who stepped out of the hearth , created for the sole purpose of killing Dronacharya.

It is also said that God Krishna killed Eklavya. His father, Devsharavu was the adopted son of the king of hunters, Nishada Vyatraja Hiranyadhanus. After Eklavya sacrificed his right thumb, his thirst to prove himself because the best archer grew and he taught himself to be ambidexterous. He started straying from the trail of righteousness. Nishada Vyatraja Hiranyadhanus were long standing allies of Jarasandha, who was Krishna’s enemy and when Krishna was carrying away Rukmini, Eklavya joined forces with Shishupala and Jarasandha to stop him. When Eklavya challenged him, Krishna hurled a rock at Eklavya killing him. according to legend, Eklavya’s death was imminent as he would later are a force to reckon with and would have wreaked havoc in Hastinapur.

9. There are conflicting reports about whether Radha, Krishna’s consort, was mentioned in the least in ancient scriptures.

Krishna is claimed to possess loved his consort, Radha to the purpose of devotion and lots of images show him worshipping her. But interestingly, many spiritualists have mentioned that there’s no trace of her in any of the traditional scriptures; be it the Shrimad Bhagvatam or the Mahabharata or the Harivansham which is about Krishna’s life. They argue that her name first cropped up in works of Acharya Nimbark and poet Jayadeva. Others argue that her name has been carefully concealed in scriptures just like the Rigveda and a few of the Puranas. 

10. The Radha-Krishna relationship was wont to legitimize premarital love in modern India

March 2010, the Supreme Court declared that premarital sex wasn’t an offence. The court argued that since Radha-Krishna lived together consistent, premarital sex can’t be construed as an offence.

11. Krishna’s death was the results of variety of curses and his own act of adharma against Vali.

Krishna died thanks to the culmination of the many curses. As legend goes, Gandhari’s curse on Krishna was that he would die with everything of his clan in 36 years. Krishna was cursed a second time by the sage Durvasa, when he was asked by him to use kheer everywhere his body. Krishna obeyed but didn’t apply kheer on Durvasa’s feet as they were resting on the bottom. Enraged, Durvasa cursed Krishna saying that his death would be by his foot.

As the Yadava clan caused their own destruction after Gandhari’s curse, God Krishna went into yoga samadhi under a tree. His foot was mistaken by a hunter, Jara for an animal and he shot an arrow into Krishna’s foot. Discovering his mistake, he begged for forgiveness but Krishna revealed that in Tretayug, Krishna was Rama and he had deceived Vali (Sugreeva’s brother) by shooting him from behind and was now reaping the results of his karma. Vali had been reincarnated as Jara and was destined to kill Krishna.

Hindu mythology sure makes for an interesting read.

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