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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Krishna(noun)

    8th and most important avatar of Vishnu; incarnated as a handsome young man playing a flute


  1. Krishna(ProperNoun)

    A deity worshiped across many traditions of Hinduism. Krishna is often depicted as a young cowherd boy with a dark or blue complexion playing a flute (as in the Bhagavata Purana) or a youthful prince giving philosophical direction and guidance (as in the Bhagavad Gita) He is the divine speaker of the Bhagavad-gita and the eighth avatar of Vishnu.

  2. Krishna(ProperNoun)

    A river in southern India.

  3. Krishna(ProperNoun)

    A district in South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

  4. Krishna(ProperNoun)

    and a surname used in India.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Krishna(noun)

    the most popular of the Hindoo divinities, usually held to be the eighth incarnation of the god Vishnu

  2. Origin: [Skr. ksha ' The black.'.]


  1. Krishna

    Krishna, literally "attractive", akin to dated Russian красная -- "beautiful", also similar to chrysos meaning "gold" in Greek is the eighth incarnation of the supreme god Vishnu in Hinduism. The word Krishna means One With Dark Complexion and One Who Attracts All. The name Krishna appears as the 57th and 550th name of Lord Vishnu in Vishnu Sahasranama of the Mahabharata, and is also listed in the 24 Keshava Namas of Lord Vishnu which are recited and praised at the beginning of all Vedic pujas. A puja is the ritualistic worship offered in Hinduism. According to the Bhagavata Purana, which is a sattvic purana, Krishna is termed as Svayam Bhagavan since he was the purna-avatara or full incarnation of the supreme god Vishnu. Krishna is often described and portrayed as an infant or young boy playing a flute as in the Bhagavata Purana, or as a youthful prince giving direction and guidance as in the Bhagavad Gita. The stories of Krishna appear across a broad spectrum of Hindu philosophical and theological traditions. They portray him in various perspectives: a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero and the supreme being. The principal scriptures discussing Krishna's story are the Mahabharata, the Harivamsa, the Bhagavata Purana, and the Vishnu Purana.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Krishna

    the man-god, or god-man, viewed as the 8th and final incarnation or avatar of Vishnu (q. v.), in whose manifestation the latter first reveals himself as supreme divinity, being, as the Theosophist might say, his Mahatma. See Theosophy.

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