Nappinnai – Consort of Sri Krishna




Nappinnai is a consort of Sri Krishna and she is also believed to be an incarnation Niladevi. Nappinnai – Krishna cult is mainly limited to the Tamil speaking world. The most popular legend is that Sri Krishna defeated seven bulls to marry Nappinnai. Subduing bulls is now known as Jallikettu and is still in vogue in villages and towns in Tamil Nadu. The name Nappinnai is found in Tiruppavai and Silappadikaram.

Pinnai means younger sister. The belief is that she must have been a younger sister of some important clan member.

It must be noted that Nappinnai is not an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi or Bhu Devi.