“Certainly, therefore, since time immemorial, all transcendentalists have been rendering devotional service to Lord Krishna, the Personality of Godhead, with great delight, because such devotional service is enlivening to the self.”~Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.22

Hindu gods and goddesses do not always vanquish evil with violence—Krishna defeated the serpent-demon Kaliya by dancing. It goes to show that to get rid of your demons sometimes all you need to do is get up and move.

Krishna Dancing atop Kaliya,” c. 1770–1800, made in India


वसुदेव सुतम् देवम् कंस चाणूर मरदनम्|
देवकी परमानन्दे कृष्णम् वन्दे जगद्गुरुम् ||

The Lord, son of Vasudeva, slayer of Kaṁsa and Cāṇūra,
supreme joy of (mother) Devakī, I bow to Kṛṣṇa teacher of the world!

I have shared these paintings by Parikṣita Dāsa before, but I love the śloka they commemorate.


Arjuna said:

“My dear Lord Krishna, I see assembled together in Your body all the demigods and various other living entities. I see Brahma sitting on the lotus flower as well as Lord Shiva and many sages and divine serpents.”~Bhagavad gita as it is 11.15

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