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Nine Popular Forms Of Sri Krishna Worshipped In India

Every region of India has a form of Sri Krishna that is very dear to the people of the particular region. Here is a look at the nine popular forms of Bhagavan Sri Krishna worshipped in India.

Jagannath – the wonderful murti of Jagannath worshipped in the Puri Jagannath Temple in Odisha is world famous. In the eastern part of India, Sri Krishna is famous as Jagannath. Today this form of Krishna is worshipped around the world.

Guruvayurappan in Kerala – This is the child of Sri Krishna worshipped in the famous Guruvayur Temple in Kerala. It is believed that Sri Krishna appeared in this form before his parents.


Udupi Sri Krishna – At the world famous Udupi Sri Krishna Temple, Bhagavan Sri Krishna is worshipped as a child holding butter. This is also the famous murti of Krishna which turned around to face his true devotee.

Banke Bihari in Vrindavan – In this form Sri Krishna the lover of the universe, he holds the flute and bends like a dancer. This is the young form of Krishna in which he announces to the world that society can only exist through love and cooperation.

Shrinathji of Nathdwara – In this form worshipped in Rajasthan, Sri Krishna holds aloft the Govardhan Mountain. It symbolizes overcoming of the fear of nature and bonding with nature.

Ranchhodrai of Dakor in Gujarat – This is the famous form of Sri Krishna who fled from the battlefield. This tactical retrieval against Jarasandha led to the foundation of Dwaraka.

Parthasarathy in Chennai – This is the rare mustache form of Sri Krishna. It symbolically represents masculinity - the readiness to fight Adharma and established dharma or order in society. This is displayed by this conch shell trumpet.

Sakshi Gopal – This form announces to the world that he will never abandon his true devotees and will come to their rescue even in the Kali Yuga. As Sakshi Gopal, he came to rescue a devotee by being his witness.

Vitthal of Pandharpur – In Maharashtra, Krishna as Vithal patiently waits for his devotee to finish his Karma. This is the epitome of Bhakti, where God and devotee merge into One.

Every devotee has a form of Krishna. And the ever-smiling God appears in whichever form his devotee wishes.



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