Kṛṣṇa (Biographical details)

Kṛṣṇa (deity; Hindu; Male)

Also known as

Kṛṣṇa; Krsna; Krishna; Govardhana; Bālakṛṣṇa; Balakrishna; Nṛtya-Gopāla; Veṇugopāla; Kaliyadamana; Kaliya-Krishna; Krishna-Kaliya; Vatapattrashayi; Makkhancor; Makkhanial (Tamil); Vatapattrasayin; Thakur ji; Jagannatha; Jagannatha Triad


Eighth avatar of Viṣṇu, renowned god of Indian mythology and celebrated hero of Indian lore. Usually depicted dark blue or black. and with yellow dhoti. Regarded by some devotees as the Supreme Godhead, beyond this listing of the avatars of Viṣṇu.
Jagannatha, literally 'Lord of the World' is a the deity at Puri, Orissa, and is considered by many as a form of Kṛṣṇa. Probably originating as a tribal deity, he was doubtless worshipped in aniconic form, later becoming absorbed into the orthodox Hindu pantheon. He thereby acquired some human characteristics, such as the facial features and stumpy arms seen in images of the deity today. He is typically shown with his brother Balarāma (his right) and their sister, Subhadrā (left). When shown this way, it is sometimes referred to as the Jagannatha Triad and all three deities are entered as Associated Names.