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The glory of Sri Krishna in the Hindu religion can be measured from the fact that he is worshiped in households as the supreme god as well as Baal-Gopala or the baby Krishna -treated as a living and youngest member of the family.

Baal Gopala is amongst the most famous and dearly revered idols of Sri Krishna in India, showered with affection and devotion by all, but there are various other iconic forms in which the dark-skinned incarnation of Sri Vishnu appears in our realm.

The entire life of Sri Krishna is filled with episodes that instill Bhakti (devotion) and Prema (affection) in our hearts. These Lilas (divine plays) of Krishna, performed at different stages of his earthly life are solidified by Indian artists in exquisite statues made from a pure material, following the established tradition of Indian aesthetics. In this blog, we have curated a list of heavenly Sri Krishna idols for your home, which you can worship or place in your home and drench in the nectar of Krishna’s aura.

  1. Baala Krishna

                                 21" Mother Yashoda with Krishna | Handmade | Madhuchista Vidhana (Lost-Wax) | Panchaloha Bronze from Swamimalai

The childhood form of Sri Krishna, in which he is commonly depicted as a plump baby crawling on the floor, with a lump of butter or Makhan in his hand is called “Makhan Chor” or butter thief roopa. Sometimes the little Krishna is shown holding a laddoo (sweet) in his hand, earning him the title of “Laddoo Gopala”.

Hindu devotees, especially women of the household keep Makhan chor or Laddoo Gopala Krishna statues in the Puja ghar and perform daily rituals of bathing, offering costumes, incense, food, and affection, dotingly calling Krishna their child.

Several idols of Baala Krishna display the baby Krishna alongside cows, drinking their milk, caressing them, and playing around them. These statues demonstrate Krishna’s love for his cattle herd, retelling us about the many warm episodes from the life of “Gopala”- the protector of cows.

These icons of Baala Krishna roopa of the god are worshipped across India and are the focus of Vaatsalya-bhakti (affectionate devotion) for numerous Krishna devotees.

2. Srinathji


                                       13" Shri Krishna as Shrinath Ji - Fine Quality In Brass | Handmade | Made In India

With his main temple at Nathadwara (Rajasthan), Srinathji is Krishna’s form as a boy, commemorating his Lila of lifting the Govardhan Mountain to protect his folk. Srinathji is the tutelary lord of Pushti-Marg or the path of God’s Grace and has substantial followership within and outside India.

He is worshipped by his followers for attaining Pushti or kindness through which one can achieve oneness with Krishna. Keeping a Srinathji idol at home and performing his Seva (devoted service) daily according to his followers is the path to Mukti (salvation).

3. Udupi Krishna


                                                8" Udupi Krishna In Brass | Handmade | Made In India

Sri Madhavacharya, a devout Vaishnava (follower of Vishnu) established the temple of the childhood form of Sri Krishna in Udupi, Karnataka, which is also known as the “Mathura of South India”.

A young Krishna standing upright, with lovely adornment, a short dhoti (lower body garment), and a butter-churner or Mathani in his hand is his form as Udupi Krishna. Though a regional form of Sri Krishna, Udupi Krishna is a revered form of the child god among his followers, who keep his idol at the place of worship and present him with ritual offerings.

4. Kaliya Krishna


                                               10'' Hindu Lord Kaliya Krishna Standing | Bronze Statue

Dancing on the hoods of the serpent Kaliya, holding its tail in one hand and making the gesture of fearlessness with the other, a young Krishna is revered by his bhaktas as the omnipresent protector, who quells all negativity and evil while swaying magnificently.

These idols of Sri Krishna are also called “Kalinga Krishna” and demonstrate the sense of movement and stillness perfected by Indian sculptors. Kaliya Krishna statues are not traditionally worshipped, but they are preferred as divine pieces of decoration, placed in homes to gain the liveliness and compassion of dancing Krishna.

5. Murli Manohara or Krishna with a Flute


                                     35" Large Size Fluting Krishna In Brass | Handmade | Made In India

This roopa of Sri Krishna conjures instant love and devotion in a Krishna bhakta with his matchless beauty and legendary tales. Krishna as Murli Manohara (fluting one who steals one’s mind) stands in the Tribhanga or triple bent posture, an aesthetically rich posture used by classical Indian dancers to underline grace and poise.

Stories about Sri Krishna’s adolescence tell us that when he used to play his flute in the grooves of Vrindavana, Gopis (milkmaids), animals, birds, and the entire nature would be mesmerized by his heavenly music. The tunes of Sri Krishna’s flute surrounded them in pure love of the Lord, which pulled them closer to holiness and Moksha (salvation).

A unique form of fluting Krishna in Indian art is the four-armed or Chaturbhuja Murli Krishna, which is the visualization of the sacredness that the mischievous youth of Brija embodied. Also known as the Narayana avatar of Sri Krishna, these fluting Krishna statues hold a flute in his primary hands and his secondary hands carry a discus (Chakra) and conch (Shankha). 

A fluting Krishna statue for your home is not only an icon to be worshipped, but it is also prescribed by Vaastu experts as an addition to your space if you are seeking positivity and divinity in your life.

6. Radha-Krishna


                      35" Large Size Radha and Krishna on Swing in Brass | Handmade | Made In India

The celestial duo is synonymous in India with the purity of undying love, the kind that does not bind but liberates the soul forever. Radha-Krishna statues are some of the most widely worshipped forms of Sri Krishna, where complemented by his Shakti Sri Radha, he becomes the source of Prema and Bhakti.

Followers of Radha-Krishna call these idols “Jugal Jodi” or “Yugal Jodi” (Yugal- pair) who seek the benevolence of Sri Krishna through Sri Radha. Radha Ji is interchangeably seen as the devotee, confidant, path, and Phala (fruit) of Sri Krishna bhakti, only with whose blessings a devotee can approach her beloved Krishna. Religious and Vaastu experts suggest that a Radha-Krishna idol is immensely auspicious for a home, especially for newlyweds who require conjugal bliss to flow into their lives.

7. Krishna with Rukmini- Satyabhama


            5'' Bhagawan Krishna with Rukmini and Satyabhama | Madhuchista Vidhana (Lost-Wax) | Panchaloha Bronze from Swamimalai

The married life of Sri Krishna is a lesser-talked-about aspect of his Lilas. Krishna with his chief wives- Rukmini and Satyabhama who are incarnations of Sridevi (Lakshmi) and Bhudevi (earth goddess) symbolizes the oneness of male and female aspects (Purusha and Prakriti).

Krishna with Rukmini is worshipped as Vitthala and Rakhmai in Maharashtra and Krishna with both his wives is worshipped in many shrines in Southern India. These statues of Krishna with Rukmini and Satyabhama bring out his virtues as a devoted husband, presenting to the devotees a picture of godly togetherness which is to be adored and revered to mirror similar qualities in one’s life. 

8. Sri Krishna giving Gita Upadesha


                   16" Gita Upadesha In Brass | Handmade | Made In India

On the battleground of Kurukshetra, Sri Krishna gave his friend and disciple the Gyan (knowledge) of Gita or Srimad Bhagavad Gita which became the guiding light for many souls. The episode of Gita-Upadesha holds great significance in Hindu religious philosophy which has inspired Indian artists to sculpt idols of Sri Krishna riding the chariot of Arjuna or Krishna’s Vishwaroopa (Cosmic Form).

Iconic forms of Krishna’s presence on the Kurukshetra serve as a reminder for the devotee that He is always present with us, leading our chariot in the battleground that is life. Such idols of Krishna can be kept in your home to inculcate optimism, determination, and devotion in your everyday life. 

All the idols of Sri Krishna mentioned here are sources of heavenliness which is felt in our everyday life. You can place these Krishna statues in your place of worship if you are a devout Krishna-bhakta or you can welcome the affectionate blessings of the fluting lord as a Vaastu icon in your interiors.

Exotic India Art offers a marvelous online collection of Lord Krishna idols for home and Puja temples, handmade with skills and devotion from the choicest brass, bronze, wood, stone, and copper. Visit our website and immerse in the Bhakti-Rasa of Sri Krishna.

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