Images of Radha and Krishna with Short Stories

As we promised that we will share quotes and stories/facts with each Images of Radha Krishna so you can read the quote below and here is the first story with these Images of Radha and Krishna named ” Mahabharta”.

Images of Radha and Krishna With Short Stories

“जब कोई व्यक्ति दूसरों की खुशियों और दुखों का जवाब देता है, जैसे कि वे उसके अपने ही थे,

तो समझ लीजिए उसने उच्चतम आध्यात्मिक स्थिति को प्राप्त कर लिया है।”

– भगवान कृष्ण

Mahabharta

The Mahabharata is traditionally considered inauspicious as it relates to bloodshed and the breakdown of a family.  This is the reason why people love the stories of Krishna’s childhood and youth from the Bhagavata Purana with his mother Yashoda and his beloved Gopikas.  The only auspicious part of the Mahabharata is the Bhagavad Gita, a compendium of Hindu philosophy recited by Krishna to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.  If Bhagavad Gita was not there, people would not give much importance to the latter part of Krishna’s life.

Krishna and his stories
Krishna and his stories

The Bhagavad-gītā introduces us to Bhakti Yoga 2,000 years ago.  The Bhagavata Purana describes it in detail about 1,000 years ago.  The former gave an intellectual foundation to the latter’s sentimental view of God flowing across India as a Bhakti movement some 500 years ago.  In this period, local poets such as Meera in Rajasthan and Salabega in Odisha and Narsi Mehta in Gujarat and Mithila in Maharashtra and Vidyapati of Tukaram composed songs on Krishna, which brought them closer to the public.  In his songs, the stories of the Bhagavata Purana blend with the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita.

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“सभी चीज़ों के बीच, समय सबसे ताकतवर है, क्योंकि यह सब का अंत कर देता है।”

– भगवान कृष्ण

Krishna is Everywhere

The story of Shri Krishna is different everywhere.  The stories of Krishna abound in Buddhist and Jain traditions.  In the Jain Mahabharata, the war is not between the Kauravas and the Pandavas.  The war is between Jarasandha, the emperor of Magadha, and Krishna of Dwarka, with the Pandavas supporting Krishna and the Kauravas supporting Jarasandha.  It is important to note that the Jain Mahabharata runs along the east-west axis of India: Jarasandha is in Magadha in the east, and Krishna is in Dwarka in the west.

Krishna and Bal Radha
Krishna and Bal Radha

Buddhist Jatakas make no direct reference to Krishna, but a Krishna-like character appears in the Ghat Jataka, where his quality as a wrestler is highlighted.  When he mourns the death of his son, he is comforted by Ghat-Pandita, the Bodhisattva.

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“शांतता, सौम्यता, मौन, आत्म-संयम और पवित्रता: ये मन के अनुशासन हैं।”

– भगवान कृष्ण

Krishna in Dwarka

Krishna’s life in Dwarka is a mystery: some stories are recited repeatedly as Krishna’s husband and householder part.  People are familiar with his two most famous wives, Satyabhama and Rukmini.  Many of the Puranas mention eight of her senior queens, and more than 1,000 junior wives, whom she sheltered after the conquest of Narakasura.

image of teenage form of krishna
image of teenage form of krishna

These stories are full of domestic quarrels.  Krishna would have to be a good husband to maintain domestic harmony between competing wives.  There are stories about how he multiplied himself to pay full attention to each of his 16,108 wives.  Of course, metaphors explain Krishna’s ability to manage complex situations at one level, and to establish her as a divinity at another level.

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“अपने अनिवार्य कर्तव्य का पालन करें, क्योंकि कुछ करना वास्तव में निष्क्रियता से बेहतर है।”

– भगवान कृष्ण

Krishna’s Folk Tales

Some folk tales of Krishna draw attention to his arrogant nature.  Look at the idols of Krishna in Odisha: He bends like a dancer, which is not how a modern manly man would stand, and he has a braid and nose rings to join with his mother and Radha.

In many temples, her image is worn in female attire on festival days to remind Krishna of her feminine form, Mohini.  In a South Indian folk tale, Krishna and Arjuna go across the country, dressed as an old woman and a young girl, prompting the villain to do his bidding.

Krishna and Radha Love Images
Krishna and Radha Love Images

In a story from north Tamil Nadu, Arjuna’s son Aravan was to be sacrificed before the battle at Kurukshetra by a Naga woman named Ulupi.  But he refuses to be sacrificed until he is married.  Since no woman is ready to marry him, Krishna takes the form of Mohini and becomes his bride for one night.  The next day, Mohini roams for him as a widow.

Only Krishna is considered male in Ras Leela.  So when Shiva wants to participate in Raas Leela, he assumes the form of a gopika and hence is still worshiped in Vrindavan as Gopeshwar Mahadev.  Similarly, both Arjuna and Narada take the form of women to gain entry into Ras Leela according to the Padma Purana.

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हथियारों के बीच मैं वज्र हूं, गायों के बीच मैं सुरभि नामक गाय की इच्छा पूरी करने वाला हूं,

नागों के बीच मैं वासुकी हूं, मैं पूर्वज हूं, प्रेम का देवता हूं।

Krishna and Villains

Krishna’s stories are unique for his compassion for villains.  Kansa, Jarasandha, and Duryodhana are the three main villains in the Krishna saga.  The trio is said to have been traumatic in childhood: Kansa is a rape child who was rejected at birth by her mother.  Jarasandha distorts at birth;  Her father’s two queens give birth to half her body, and the two halves are then joined together by a demon named Zara.  Duryodhana’s mother keeps her eyes closed in solidarity with her blind father, so he remains ignored for his parents throughout his life.

Kanha and radha photo
Kanha and radha photo

It states that injustice has often been done to evil-doers, which makes them so insecure that they become insensitive and inhuman.

So this is today’s Images of Radha and Krishna and Tales for you. If you want to share something such as another story or your reaction to this story and Images of Radha and Krishna, fill the comments section.

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