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Books on Lord Krishna

Sources of the Krishna Story:

The Primary sources of the Krishna story are four scriptures: the Mahabharata, and its adjunct Harivamsapurana, the Visnupurana and the Bhagavata. The story is also met with in other puranas like the Brahmapurana, Padmapurana and Brahmavaivartapurana (Krishnajanma- khanda).

In the Mahabharata, Krishna appears for the first time during the marriage of Draupadi with the Pandavas. Through there are casual references to his earlier life, no details have been given. To make up for this lacuna, as it were, the Harivamsa was added as an adjunct, later. It is a fairly long work of over 16,000 verses and deals with the story of Krishna in great detail in the section called Visnuparva.

The Vishunpurana (6000 verses) is one of the earliest puranas and deals with the story of Krishna in the fifth section (pancamamsa). The Bhagavata (18,000 verses) seems to be an expanded version of the Vishnupurana in that it deals with practically the sane topics, but in much greater detail.


Q1. What is the Book of Krishna called?

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, also known as the KRSNA Book, is a summary and commentary on the Tenth Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). It was published in 1970 by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. The publication was financed through a contribution of $19,000 from ex-Beatle, George Harrison, who also wrote the book's foreword.

The Tenth Canto of the Bhagavatam details the activities and pastimes of Krishna at Vrindavan. Within this book, Swami Prabhupada describes the historical events that occurred approximately 5000 years ago

Q2. Which books to read about Krishna?


·        The Bhagavad Gita by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa


·        Bhagavad-Gita As It Is - by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


·        नारद की भविष्यवाणी (कृष्ण की आत्मकथा, by Manu Sharma


·        युगंधर  by Shivaji Sawant


·        The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


·        The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi


·        Mahabharata by Anonymous


·        मैं कृष्ण हूँ: Main Krishna Hoon (Kindle Edition) by Deep Trivedi


·        Slayer Of Kamsa (Krishna Coriolis #1) by Ashok K. Banker


·        Management Wisdom of Lord Krishna: A Treatise on Unified Concept of Management Performance for the Globalized by Udai Vir Singh


·        JSK: Jay Shree Krishna by Jay Vasavada

Q3. What are the 4 principles of Krishna consciousness?


Initiated devotees within the Krishna consciousness movement vow to chant a minimum quota of the Hare Krishna mantra each day. They also take vows to avoid


Intoxication:  impedes clear thinking and makes it harder to remember God and do His will.


Illicit sex:  Sex outside of marriage or outside of the purpose of having a child is considered illicit.


Meat eating: By killing animals and eating them, how can our Father be pleased?


These are the "regulative principles." They increase attachment to the body and the material world, so avoiding them helps our spiritual life.

Q4. What are the 5 names of Krishna?


Madhava -      He who is the lord of knowledge; He who is like honey


Govinda   -     He who is a cow-protector


Janardana  - He who is the original abode and protector of all living beings


Keshava   -     He who has long black locks of hair; slayer of Keshi. He who himself is the Trimurti


Murli Manohar – He is one who looks beautiful with a flute.


Ranchod – The one who runs away from the battlefield.

Q5. Is there any book written on Krishna?


Krishna’s story comes to us in fragments via Sanskrit literature:


First, the Mahabharata, which reached its final textual form about 2,000 years ago (that speaks of Krishna’s adulthood amongst the Pandavas), then, the Harivamsa,  around 1,700 years ago (that speaks of his pastoral foster family), the Vishnu Purana (that refers to him as Vishnu’s avatar, around 1,500 years ago ), the popular Shrimad Bhagavata Purana (that refers to the dance with milkmaids at night, 1,000 years ago ) and the Geet Govind of Jayadeva (that introduces us elaborately to Radha, about 800 years ago).

Q6. What is the book name of Radha Krishna?


Gatha Saptasati which is composed of 700 verses and was written in the 1st century CE


Gita Govinda was written by Jayadeva in the 12th century CE scriptures like Brahma Vaivarta Purana and Garga Samhita, Radha-Krishna are the supreme deities. The other relevant texts mentioning Radha Krishna are Radhopnishad of Rig Veda, Radhatapani Upanishad of Atharva Veda, Shiva Purana, Brahmanda Purana, Skanda Purana, Padma Purana, Matsya Purana, Devi-Bhagavata Purana, Narada Pancharatra and Brahma Samhita. Bhagavata Purana of Sukadeva Goswami


Adi Shankaracharya also mentioned Goddess Radha in his work called "Achyuta Ashtakam" They are also mentioned in Gopala Tapani Upanishad, Chaitanya Charitamrita. Radhakrishna (Bengali, Hardcover, by Gangopadhyay Sunil)

Q7. How many books are there of Krishna?


‘Krishna-The supreme personality of Godhead’ by His divine grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.


(This book is based on the Tenth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam which is the magnum opus of the writer of all Vedic literature - Srila Vyasadeva.)


·        The Bhagavata Purana


·        The Mahabharata


·        The Harivamsa Parva


·        The Vishnu Purana


·        The Padma Purana


“Sri Krishna Karnamrutham”, is an excellent one. It was written by Kerala Writer Leelasuka, whose original name was Bilvamangala.


·        ‘Narayaneeyam is also Bhagavatham’, written by Narayana Bhatta Thirupada Nambudri, a Kerala writer.


·        “Keshava A magnificent obsession” by Bhawna somaaya


·        “Krishna the man and his philosophy” by Osho