Krishna literally means "black, dark, dark"; Krishna is one of the most worshiped deities in Hinduism
In many Hindu schools Krishna is considered as an incarnation of Vishnu, in others as the Supreme Personality of highest manifestation of God energies, God himself.
According to Vedic tradition, Krishna was born 5,000 years ago in Mathura, the then capital of the kingdom Shurasena (in modern Uttar Pradesh) in the land of Bharat-Varsa (now India). He was the eighth child of Devaki and her husband Vasudeva princess.
Krishna was in a stormy night in the month of Shravan (August / September) are born on the eighth day after the full moon at midnight (Janmashtami) in a prison cell, and would have spent his childhood in Vrindavan. The demonic King Kamsa, destroy the brother of Devaki, wanted all the eight children she would give birth.
According to astrological predictions his bad and selfish domination would very soon come to an end. His sister Devaki would defy anybody in her eighth delivery less than Lord Vishnu himself ones. This would have put an end to the series of terrorist years of reign suffered by countless civilians and holy men. Kamsa therefore tried to kill this eighth child, just as he had slain all previous children of Devaki.
Krishna`s father Vasudeva, however, escaped miraculously with the newborn boy, even before the king got wind of it, and swopped the baby with the newborn daughter of Yashoda and Nanda Gokula in the country.
COMPARISON WITH CHRIST
There are some stunning compare events in the backgrounds of Krishna and Christ.
- Firstly, the names are rather similar
- Both are believed to be sons of (a) God, because they were begotten by God
- The birth of both Jesus of Nazareth, and Krishna Dwarka and their sacred missions were predicted
- Both were born in unusual places - Christ in a lowly manger enKrishna in a jail cell
- Both were saved from death
- Evil forces followed both Christ and Krishna in vain
- Christ is often portrayed as a shepherd; Krishna was a shepherd
- Both appeared at a critical time when their respective countries were wrong in a torpid state
- Both died of wounds caused by sharp weapons - Christ by nails and Krishna by an arrow
- The teachings of both are very similar - both emphasize love and peace