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ˈkrɪʃ nəkrishna

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Krishnanoun

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


  1. Krishnanoun

    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. Krishnanoun

    A river in southern India.

  3. Krishnanoun

    A district in South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

  4. Krishnanoun

    and a surname used in India.


  1. Krishna

    Krishna (; Sanskrit: कृष्ण IAST: Kṛṣṇa [ˈkr̩ʂɳɐ]) is a major deity in Hinduism. He is worshipped as the eighth avatar of Vishnu and also as the Supreme god in his own right. He is the god of protection, compassion, tenderness, and love; and is one of the most popular and widely revered among Indian divinities. Krishna's birthday is celebrated every year by Hindus on Krishna Janmashtami according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar, which falls in late August or early September of the Gregorian calendar.The anecdotes and narratives of Krishna's life are generally titled as Krishna Leela. He is a central character in the Mahabharata, the Bhagavata Purana, the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, and the Bhagavad Gita, and is mentioned in many Hindu philosophical, theological, and mythological texts. They portray him in various perspectives: as a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero, and the universal supreme being. His iconography reflects these legends, and shows him in different stages of his life, such as an infant eating butter, a young boy playing a flute, a young boy with Radha or surrounded by female devotees; or a friendly charioteer giving counsel to Arjuna.The name and synonyms of Krishna have been traced to 1st millennium BCE literature and cults. In some sub-traditions, Krishna is worshipped as Svayam Bhagavan (the Supreme God), and it is sometimes known as Krishnaism. These sub-traditions arose in the context of the medieval era Bhakti movement. Krishna-related literature has inspired numerous performance arts such as Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Odissi, and Manipuri dance. He is a pan-Hindu god, but is particularly revered in some locations, such as Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh, Dwarka and Junagadh in Gujarat; the Jagannatha aspect in Odisha, Mayapur in West Bengal; in the form of Vithoba in Pandharpur, Maharashtra, Shrinathji at Nathdwara in Rajasthan, Udupi Krishna in Karnataka, Parthasarathy in Tamil Nadu and in Aranmula, Kerala, and Guruvayoorappan in Guruvayoor in Kerala. Since the 1960s, the worship of Krishna has also spread to the Western world and to Africa, largely due to the work of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).


  1. Krishna

    Krishna is a prominent deity in Hinduism, regarded as the eighth incarnation (avatar) of Lord Vishnu, one of the principal gods in the Hindu pantheon. Krishna is depicted as a divine figure with various aspects and roles, including as a supreme being, a teacher, a guide, and a lover. In Hindu mythology, Krishna holds immense significance and is celebrated for his teachings on duty, righteousness, and spiritual devotion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Krishnanoun

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

  2. Etymology: [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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Krishna

    krish′na, n. a deity in later Hindu mythology.

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.


  1. Krishna

    (Krish′na). An Indian god, the revenger of wrongs; also called the Indian Apollo.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Krishna is ranked #18793 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Krishna surname appeared 1,458 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Krishna.

    89.3% or 1,302 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.9% or 72 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.7% or 40 total occurrences were White.
    1.4% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 16 total occurrences were Black.
    0.4% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of krishna in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of krishna in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of krishna in a Sentence

  1. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar:

    I shall have no faith in Rama and Krishna who are believed to be incarnation of God nor shall I worship them. I thereby reject my old religion, Hinduism, which is detrimental to the prosperity of human kind and which discriminates between man and man and which treats me as inferior.

  2. Krishna Udayakumar:

    When Kathy Kinlaw look at the Krishna Udayakumar and global distribution of vaccines, Kathy Kinlaw have to first ask, is the US in a position to help other people ? The US means The US won't be of detriment to The US own people, in this case Americans, so do we have the resources to share with other countries who are really struggling with the Covid pandemic ? And simply put, right now, the answer is yes.

  3. Kathy Kinlaw:

    I think Krishna Udayakumar is definitely in a position where we should be sharing, absolutely, krishna Udayakumar's a matter of timing -- I think Krishna Udayakumar's one real issue here.

  4. Sanjeev Krishna:

    Our results provide an improved understanding of how best to use viral and antibody tests for coronavirus, especially when not every person exposed to the virus will have a positive response, said Sanjeev Krishna, professor of molecular parasitology and medicine at St. Georges University of London, according to a university press release. We need to understand how best to interpret the results from these tests to control the spread of the virus, as well as identifying those who may be immune to the disease.

  5. Krishna Udayakumar:

    If you don't get these hotspots under control outside the Krishna Udayakumar, they're going to come back, likely with new, dangerous strains that may undermine our vaccines, it's both prudent to do it and ethical to do it.

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