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Krish·na 1

n. Hinduism
The eighth and principal avatar of Vishnu, often depicted as a handsome young man playing a flute. He appears as a charioteer and adviser of Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita.

[Sanskrit Kṛṣṇaḥ, from kṛṣṇa-, black.]

Krish′na·ism n.

Krish·na 2

 (krĭsh′nə) also Kist·na (kĭst′-)
A river of southern India rising in the Western Ghats and flowing about 1,290 km (800 mi) eastward to the Bay of Bengal.


the worship of Krishna as the eighth incarnation of the god Vishnu, the preserver-god of the Hindu trinity.
See also: Hinduism
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Noun1.Krishnaism - worship of Krishna the 8th avatar of Vishnu
Hindooism, Hinduism - a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
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Also included is a concluding chapter in which a former hospice chaplain, now ordained in the theological tradition of Gaudiya Vaishnavism (the tradition followed by the Hare Krishnas), reflects on his experiences at the hospice.
In the seventeenth century, a religious movement centered on the worship of the divine couple Krisna and Radha, and named Gaudiya Vaishnavism, became a cultural force for transforming the countryside of southwestern Bengal into a cosmopolitan urban environment.
Later he sent six of his followers, now called the Goswamis, to locate the lost sacred places associated with Krishna and to develop the theological, ritual, and devotional framework of Gaudiya Vaishnavism.