Lord Krishna is a strongly believed deity in the religion of Hinduism. There are many reasons why he is worshipped and liked amongst the others. Hindus visit the temples on auspicious occasions like Janmashtami, Krishna’s birthday.
There are different beliefs as to how and who killed Lord Krishna. But, to believe it was said that Lord Krishna was killed by a huntsman name Jara, while he was resting under a tree. He was mistakenly killed and an arrow was shot at him misunderstanding him to be a deer.
Lord Krishna also is known as Kṛṣṇa in Sanskrit, he is one of the most vastly respected and very popular amongst all Indian deities, he is worshipped as the eighth avatar or avatara (incarnation) of the Hindu deity Vishnu and also as the highest deity in his own right. Learn more about avatars here.
Lord Krishna became acquired the attention of various bhakti (worshipful) cults, who have over time formed a treasure of spiritual poems, music, and paintings. The basic foundations of Lord Krishna’s mythology are the Mahabharata and the Harivamsha, and also the Puranas, specifically Records of the Bhagavata-Purana. They tell how Lord Krishna which means black or dark as a cloud took birth into the Yadava clan, and the offspring of Vasudeva and Devaki, who was the sibling of Kamsa, the cruel king of Mathura. Kamsa, after listening to a prophecy which said that he would be killed by Devaki’s Child, attempted to kill her children, but somehow Krishna was rescued across the river of Yamuna to Gokula or the Vraja. He was brought up there by the leader of the cowherds that is Nanda and his wife Yashoda.
The life of Lord Krishna has played and symbolized different roles for society. He is a vastly believed and an important part of Hinduism. The forms of Krishna are depicted and even seen in different TV shows and books. He is one of the highly liked characters of the Hindu religion and is immensely believed and worshipped with different practices on different Hindu festivals. There are also many interesting insights into the characters and roles played by this deity in his lifetime. Hinduism has always been a religion of details and their importance and so is the vitality of this deity and his life in the religion.
The Contrary Stories of His Demise
The epic war of Mahabharata had ended. And, Yudhishthir was being honored in a great coronation ceremony with a crown. All of a sudden Gandhari arose and started to curse Krishna. She thought that Lord Krishna was the only one accountable for the war and succeeding the death of all her children. She cursed him that in the way Kauravas went missing from the face of earth similarly Yadukul or the group of Krishna will to vanish and meet a similar fate.
Krishna had resigned to the Dwarika of Prabhas Kshetra after the war was over. When Satyaki and Krutverma had a fiery argument on the relevance of war. At that time a furious Satyaki beheaded Krutverma. And further, this set a furious battle between the Yaduvanshis, who divided into two different groups and got into a brutal war against one other. Yet, Yaduvansh did not stop to be in its entirety after that. It is believed that almost all of the Yadavs were slain, but only Babhru and Daruk were left alive, and they later kept the Yadukul successively afloat.
Still, Krishna’s demise has many stories that are told and believed by many. It is considered that after he made Dwarika his home, he gave his earthly form close to Somnath in Prabhas Kshetra. Krishna was deeply saddened by the demise of his clan. And, so was resting under the pipal tree where a hunter called Jara shot him mistakenly and killed him. This is the largely believed reason for his demise.
A question must have come to your mind of who was this hunter Jara! So, the Puranic beliefs say that he was originally the Bali of Treta Yuga. Lord Rama had murdered him when he was battling with Sugriva. An arrow was shot at him by Lord Rama from his hideout. In Dwapar Yuga, this Bali turned to be Jara hunter who shot an arrow at Krishna from his hideaway. It is also believed that the incarnation or avatar of Vishnu, that is Lord Krishna truly chose for himself a similar demise that another incarnation or avatar of Vishnu Lord Rama had selected for Bali. It is known as another “Leela” of the Leeladhar Sri Krishna.
Lord Krishna’s Life Story
When Krishna was a child he was loved for his notorious pranks. He also performed several wonders and killed demons. In his youth, he was a cowherd Krishna who became well-known as a lover and the sound of his flute prompted the Gopis which were the wives and daughters of the cowherds. They would leave their houses to dance happily along with him in the moonlight. Although his beloved amongst them was Radha. In mid-life Krishna along with his sibling, Balarama returned to Mathura to kill cruel Kamsa. Furthermore, on realising that the kingdom is unsafe, Lord Krishna was led to the Yadavas, that were present at the western coast of Kathiawar and founded his court at Dvaraka which is now known as Dwarka. He got married to princess Rukmini and took the rest of his wives as well.
Lord Krishna denied to carry any weapons in the great war between the Kauravas (offspring of Dhritarashtra that is the descendant of Kuru) and the Pandavas (offspring of the Pandu), but he presented a choice of his presence to one side and gave his army to the other. The Pandavas decided to select the former, and Krishna, therefore, aided as a charioteer for Arjuna, who was one of the Pandava brothers. When he returned to Dvaraka, a dispute broke out among the Yadava chiefs one day in which Krishna’s brother and son were killed. And then as Lord Krishna sat in the forest lamenting, a huntsman misunderstood him to be a deer and shot him in his heel which was his weak spot and ended up killing him.
The Personalities of Lord Krishna
Krishna’s character is undoubtedly a complex one, though the several elements of it cannot be easily differentiated. The Vasudeva-Krishna was sacred in the 5th century BCE. And, the cowherd Krishna was possibly the deity of the pastoral people. Lord Krishna who arose from the combination of these features was ultimately recognized with the high deities Vishnu-Narayana and, so, considered as his incarnation or avatar. His worship conserved characteristic qualities, the most important amongst them was an exploration of the parallels between divine love and human love. Therefore, Krishna’s young liaisons with the Gopis are understood as a representation of the loving relationship between God and a person’s soul.
The rich diversity of legends linked with Krishna’s life leads to an abundance of symbolism in painting and sculpture. The young Krishna or Balakrishna is shown crawling on his hands and knees or dancing with gladness, eating a handful of butter. The holy lover and the most popular illustration are shown playing the flute, encircled by loving Gopis. In paintings Lord Krishna is usually seen with blue-black complexion, wearing a yellow dhoti or loincloth and has a crown of peacock feathers around his head.