Krishna: Five lesser-known facts from the Mahabharata

The story of Krishna is narrated in several texts including the Hari Vamsa and the Bhagawata Purana. In these texts, he is God – omnipresent and omnipotent.

But in the Mahabharata, he comes across as a complex character in varying shades of white, black, grey and blue. Here, he is not always god, but often a thinker-philosopher and war strategist.

Presenting five lesser-known aspects of Krishna from the Mahabharata.

Why is Krishna blue?

Why is Krishna blue, is a question that we have all asked sometime in our childhood. It turns out that Krishna was not always blue.

Krishna, Indologists believe, may have been a pastoral deity, which explains why he is depicted with cows, donning peacock feathers and playing the flute, an instrument of the forest.

Krishna is also among the oldest deities known to us. So, his form and iconography have changed significantly over the centuries, when his skin colour changed from black to indigo to blue,

Check the journey of Krishna over the centuries and find out how he turned blue by playing the video!