|God of Compassion, Tenderness and Love
Krishna statue at the Sri Mariamman temple,
Kingdom of Surasena (present-day
16,000–16,100 other junior queens
Devaki (mother) and
Yashoda (foster mother) and
Nanda Baba (foster father)
translit. Kṛṣṇa) is a major deity in
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
Krishna is also known by numerous names, such as Govinda, Mukunda, Madhusudhana, Vasudeva, and Makhan chor. The anecdotes and narratives of Krishna's life are generally titled as Krishna Leela. He is a central character in the
Bhagavata Purana and the
Bhagavad Gita, and is mentioned in many
Hindu philosophical, theological, and mythological texts.
 They portray him in various perspectives: a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero, and as the universal supreme being.
 His iconography reflects these legends, and shows him in different stages of his life, such as an infant eating
butter, a young boy playing a
flute, a young man with
Radha or surrounded by women devotees, or a friendly charioteer giving counsel to
The synonyms of Krishna have been traced to 1st millennium BCE literature.
 In some sub-traditions, Krishna is worshipped as Svayam Bhagavan, and this is sometimes referred to as
Krishnaism. These sub-traditions arose in the context of the medieval era
 Krishna-related literature has inspired numerous performance arts such as
 He is a pan-Hindu god, but is particularly revered in some locations such as
 Since the 1960s the worship of Krishna has also spread to the
Western world and to Africa, largely due to the work of the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).