Krishna ( कृष्ण ) is a major deity of Hinduism. He is worshiped as the eighth avatar of the god Vishnu and also as the supreme God in his own right.
He is the god of compassion, tenderness, and love in Hinduism, and is one of the most popular and widely revered among Indian divinities.
Krishna's birthday is celebrated every year by Hindus on Janmashtami according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar, which falls in late August or early September of the Gregorian calendar.
Krishna is also known by numerous names, such as Govinda, Mukunda, Madhusudhana, Vasudeva, and Makhan chor in affection.
The anecdotes and narratives of Krishna's life are generally titled as Krishna Leela.
He is a central character in the Mahabharata, Bhagavata Purana and the Bhagavad Gita, and is mentioned in many Hindu philosophical, theological, and mythological texts.
In Krishna charitas, Krishna is born to Devaki and her husband, Vasudeva of the Chandravanshi clan.
Devaki's brother is a tyrant named Kamsa. At Devaki's wedding, according to Puranic legends, Kamsa is told by fortune tellers that a child of Devaki would kill him.
Kamsa arranges to kill all of Devaki's children. When Krishna is born, Vasudeva secretly carries the infant Krishna away across the Yamuna and exchanges him.
When Kamsa tries to kill the newborn, the exchanged baby appears as the Hindu goddess Durga, warning him that his death has arrived in his kingdom, and then disappears, according to the legends in the Puranas.
Krishna grows up with Nanda and his wife Yasoda near modern-day Mathura.
Two of Krishna's siblings also survive, namely Balarama and Subhadra, according to these legends.
The day of birth of Krishna is celebrated as Krishna Janmashtami.
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