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Kṛṣṇa (lit. black, dark blue, dark) is one of most important and popular gods in Hinduism, venerated from early times as a clan god, an epic hero, and the God of the Bhagavadgītā and the Bhāgavatapurāṇa, and later worshipped in various devotional traditi…

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Malinar, Angelika, “Kṛṣṇa”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 27 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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