Krishna (कृष्ण) is a deity, worshipped across many traditions of hinduism in a variety of different perspectives. while many vaishnava groups recognize him as an avatar of lord vishnu; some traditions within krishnaism, consider krishna to be svayam bhagavan, or the supreme being.
krishna is often described and portrayed as an infant or young boy playing a flute as in the bhagavata purana, or as a youthful prince giving direction and guidance as in the bhagavad gita. the stories of krishna appear across a broad spectrum of hindu philosophical and theological traditions. they portray him in various perspectives: a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero, and the supreme being. the principal scriptures discussing krishna’s story are the mahabharata, the harivamsa, the bhagavata purana, and the vishnu purana. he is also known as govinda and gopala.
Krishna 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 gregorian calendar.