Who is Krishna?
Krishna is one of the Hindu gods. He was actually just one of the many forms of the god Vishnu. People thought of Krishna as one reincarnation of Vishnu. He’s a god of kindness and love, and being strong enough to fight for what is right.
A newer god
He doesn’t appear in Indian stories before about 300 BC. Probably he and Vishnu were both newer gods that came into Hinduism around the time of the Mauryan Empire. About this time, the older gods like Indra, with their demands for animal sacrifice, started to seem old-fashioned.
Krishna appears in many stories in different forms. Sometimes he is a child. Sometimes he’s a flute-player who calls people’s souls. Other times he is involved in love affairs with other Hindu gods, or he’s a great leader.
Sita and Rama
Because Vishnu often took the form of Rama, and Krishna is a form of Vishnu, he and Rama are also in some ways the same. Rama’s wife was Sita, and she’s sometimes thought of as a form of the god Lakshmi, so Lakshmi is also sometimes Krishna’s partner.
The Bhagavad Gita
Krishna’s most famous story is in the Bhagavad Gita, written about 300 BC. In the Bhagavad Gita, he is disguised as a charioteer. He tells the young prince Arjuna how to act according to his dharma, and generally what is good and what is bad.