Hindu God Krishna with his Shakti and companion Goddess Radha.
Krishna is the eigth incarnation of Hindu god Vishnu – the Preserver. Krishna is incarnated in the Dvapar Yuga, which is one of the epochs in the Hindu four-age cycle. He was born to Vasudeva and Devaki who were kept in captive in a prison cell by Devaki’s brother, Kansa, when Krishna was born. Krishna is a central character in the Hindu epic, Mahabharata, and had narrated the famous Hindu sacred text, Bhagvad Gita. He is shown with his companion Radha. Radha was a gopika – a cowherd girl. She is considered to be an avatar (incarnation) of Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. She was born in Barsana, a village near Krishna’s birthplace Mathura. Goddess Radha was mentioned first time in the text Geet Govinda, composed by a 12th century poet, Jaydev. The Love between Radha and Krishna is considered of highest spiritual level and devoid of selfishness. Krishna is depicted here as playing flute for Radha in the gardens of Vrindavan.