In traditional Hindu culture, it is believed that Krishna (janmashtami) was born on July 19, 3228 BC. This belief is based on his descriptions and astrological calculations.
The Krishnas themselves claim to believe in one God. Moreover, they claim that there is no fundamental difference between their religion and Christianity. After all, even the names of the Messiah were the same. Krishna and Christ, according to some supporters of the cult, are two hypostases of the same God.
Krishna is a charming baby who playfully steals butter from his mother, in others he is a cowherd and an ideal lover or a courageous warrior giving instructions to his friend Arjuna. But above all, he is the eighth avatar of Vishnu.
In the fourth millennium BC, Vishnu descended into the material world from the spiritual world, being born in the form of a man in the city of Mathura, as the eighth child of Vasudeva and his wife, Princess Devaki. He came to show people his religious principles and show divine deeds. In the episode of the birth of Krishna, there are indeed many similarities with the life of Jesus Christ. So, his mother's brother was predicted that he would die by the hand of the eighth nephew. And this king did everything to kill his sister's child. In a slightly different way than Christ, Krishna was saved from death. It was a mystical transfer of the baby to foster parents – the shepherd Nanda and his wife Yasoda. During this period of his life, Krishna is portrayed as an ideal young man playing with cowherd girls and his beloved Radha. When he matured, he returned to Mathura, killed his uncle and returned the throne to his grandfather. After that, Krishna became friends with Prince Arjuna and gave him moral instructions before the battle of Kurukshetra.
But the hunter with the eloquent name "Old Age" (Jara) wounded him with his arrow.
Krishna was endowed with such qualities as "eternal youth", "radiating radiance", "truth". And finally, in the last edition – Gaudiya-Vaishnavism – the attribute of the one God is attributed to him – the so-called Absolute Truth.
Devaki's brother, King Kamsa, imprisoned his father, King Ugrasena, in order to ascend the throne. Fearing for his life because of a prophecy in which Kamsa was predicted that he would die by the hand of Devaki's eighth son, he threw the couple into prison, intending to kill all Devaki's newborn children.
After killing the first six babies, and the seventh imaginary miscarriage, Devaki had an eighth child, Krishna. Since the baby's life was in danger, he was miraculously transferred outside Mathura and given to foster parents Yasoda and Nanda in the small village of Gokula.
Two other babies of Devaki also survived — Balarama (the seventh child of Devaki, who mysteriously passed from the womb of Devaki into the womb of Rohini, Vasudeva's first wife), and Subhadra (the daughter of Vasudeva and Rohini, who was born after Balarama and Krishna).
When Kamsa found out that the baby had managed to escape from his arms, he started sending various demons (such as Aghasura), with the task of destroying Krishna. All these demons died at the hands of Krishna and his brother Balarama
According to some scriptures, Krishna had 16,108 wives, of which eight were the main ones — these included Rukmini, Satyabhama and Jambavati. The remaining 16,100 girls were previously held captive by the demonic king Narakasura, until Krishna killed him and freed them all. In accordance with the strict customs of that time, the girls, having been in captivity, had no chance of getting married, as they were considered fallen, but despite this, Krishna took them to wife and made them princesses.In the Vaishnava traditions of Hinduism, all the wives of Krishna in Dvaraka are considered to be incarnations of Lakshmi.
He was an amazing baby: he had eyes like lotus petals, and he had not two hands, but four.
Just for a moment Devaki and Vasudeva contemplated the miracle that had appeared to them, and the next moment an ordinary newborn human child lay in front of them. He was called Krishna — "Dark", because his skin was the color of a thundercloud.
Years passed. Krishna has grown up. Astrologers' predictions have come true. One day he returned to Mathura, killed his uncle Kamsa, restored his grandfather to the throne, and for himself, in the middle of the ocean, on an island, he built a beautiful city Dvaraka, in which he began to rule in accordance with the supreme law.
Once, when Yudhishthira, deceived by his brother Duryodhana, lost his kingdom, brothers and wife at dice, Draupadi was humiliated and bullied by relatives.
Arjuna rejoiced: his soul told him that victory was not where power was, but where divine providence was, where Krishna was.
Krishna told Arjuna that he was not an ordinary person: "Know, Arjuna, that I am the creator of the universe. I am the source of all life, the progenitor of gods and demigods. By my will, all beings are born, live and die. I am the father and mother of the universe and everything you see in it…But imagine: among people I am the king, among animals I am the lion, among birds I am Garuda, among the luminaries I am the Sun, among the sounds I am Om, among the rivers I am Ganga, among the Vedas I am Sama—Veda, among the conquerors I am time. I am the creation, destruction and maintenance of peace. Although it seems that I am born in this world in a human body, in fact I come here voluntarily.
I am Avatar, that is, "the one who descends." And I descend into this world, although from the outside it seems that I am being born. The ignorant, unable to understand that the Almighty can have any appearance, revile me. Meanwhile, I came to the planet in different guises: in the form of a turtle, a lion, a boar, a fish, a brahman, the god Rama. I come in every age to save the saints, punish sinners and restore the true faith…Since you, Arjuna, free from envy and anger, surrendered to me, did not exchange me for any armies of the world, at the decisive hour called me as the only support and hope, I will reveal to you what is inaccessible to any mortal — my true universal appearance. No one has ever seen me like this. I will endow you with supernatural vision, and the greatest of treasures will be revealed to you — the appearance of the universe."
The human soul is the field of Kurukshetra, where his passions and fears boil. You, Arjuna, must overcome the sleep of ignorance, overcome doubts and act. The army in front of you are the people I sentenced to death long before today's battle. Destroy those who have already been destroyed by me. You are just a tool for the fulfillment of my plan. You can't hurt them, their souls have lived before and will continue to live. The soul cannot be pierced with a weapon, burned with fire, drowned in water or dried up by the wind. So go, fight and do your duty as a kshatriya!"
Those terrible 18 days began counting down, during which two armies converged in a deadly duel.
Krishna's father had a sister Kunti. In her early youth, with a special spell, she summoned the sun god Surya to her and gave birth to his son, Karna. Later she was married to King Pandu, who was infertile. The queen decided to give him sons conceived by the gods. They became known as Pandavas. Krishna was their cousin. The brothers disliked the princes of the Kaur family and began to enmity with them. The Kauravas constantly humiliated the Pandavas by claiming their territories and seizing their wealth.
Krishna had to inform the Pandavas that the only way to defend the principles of virtue and righteousness was war, which had become inevitable.
Arjuna, one of the Pandavas, was forced by the honor of a warrior and circumstances to make a difficult decision — to go into battle with his family.
Matter must be destroyed, because it is only an illusion of the material world. The death of people is also an illusion, because people's souls are immortal, and bodies always replace each other, passing from life to life. The main thing is to give birth and establish the holy spirit of freedom, truth and honor.
So Arjuna decides to fight and wins. However, the victory was not easy, because in 18 days he lost almost all of his army.
After the death of his brother, Krishna went to the forest to meditate under a tree. The hunter accidentally took Krishna's leg as part of the deer's body and shot an arrow, fatally wounding Krishna. Thus ended the earthly life of the incarnation of God Vishnu. His death is associated with a curse that was sent by the mother of the Kauravas, who believed that Krishna did not make enough efforts to prevent war.