The Symbolism of Krishna
Krishna is a Hindu deity, regarded as an avatar of Vishnu and in some monotheistic traditions considered the Supreme Being.
Krishna is often depicted as an infant or young boy playing a flute as in the Bhagavata Purana. In this form, he usually stands with one leg bent in front of the other and raises a flute to his lips, accompanied by cows, emphasising his position as the divine herdsman, Govinda, or with the gopis (milkmaids). Alternatively he is represented as a youthful prince giving direction and guidance as in the Bhagavad Gita. The stories of Krishna appear across a broad spectrum of Hindu philosophical and theological traditions. They portray him in various perspectives: a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero and the Supreme Being