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Exploits of Lord Krishna

First Online: June 27, 2001
Last Updated: January 10, 2018

While Lord Krishna is widely worshipped among Hindus as an avatar of Lord Vishnu, the cause for his popularity is his intensely human form as described in the Hindu epics.  His exploits (collectively called "Krishna Leela") are a popular theme for Indian artists over centuries. Krishna is often depicted as an overgrown, naughty child stealing butter, as a cowherd protecting cows, as a mischievous adolescent who stole women's clothes, and a slayer of demons. He is also the supreme diplomat, and especially the preacher of the sacred verse, Bhagavad-Gita at a time of war.

Depiction of Krishna in Indian Art

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 Krishna Leela
Lord Krishna 
& His Exploits

Krishna the Clothes ThiefKrishna Playing a Flute Gopika-VastraharanLord Krishna as an EnvoyKrishna Milking a Cow Far Reach of Long Hands!
Krishnas Wartime CounselKrishna in a Rajasthani PaintingKrishna Licking Butter off his footKrishna Lifts a Mountain to Shelter Cows and WomenKrishna and Radha  Enjoy NatureYashoda with Infant Krishna
Krishna Climbs a Tree after Stealing Womens ClothesVasudeva Gives Away Boy Krishna to  YashodaTaming of the Evil SerpentThe Clothes ThiefKrishna the Mischief MongerKrishna the Butter Lover
Naked Women asking Krishna for their ClothesKrishna Kills the Evil CraneGopika VastrapaharanKilling of PootaniSandipani Guru Teaching Krishna and SudamaKrishna breaking pots of curds
Waking up of KumbhakarnaVasudev Crossing Yamuna River with Newborn Krishna

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