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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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The Mallas adopted Gaudiya Vaishnavism, a devotional faith shaped by the Bengali saint, Chaitanya (1486-1533), which had already spread across the country and made Vrindavan a major center in North India.
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.
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.