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Hindu Mythology - Krishna and Radha

Krishna is one of the most widely revered and most popular of all Indian divinities, worshiped as the eighth incarnation (avatar, or avatara) of the Hindu god Vishnu and also as a supreme god in his own right. Here is a stamp show stone relief from Angkor Thom temple, Cambodia, depicting Krishna riding his chariot. Issued by the Kingdom of Cambodia on November 1, 1961:


Radha is a favorite lover of god Krishna. According to one tradition, she is an avatar (incarnation) of Lakshmi, goddess of good fortune and wife of Vishnu. The goddess took the form of Radha in order that she might not be separated from her husband.

Radha, miniature painting from Kishangarh, Rajasthan, ca. 1750, National Museum of New Delhi - India, 1973:

Krishna and Radha, Indian miniature painting, XVIII century - Yemen Arab Republic, 1968:


Krishna was smuggled across the Yamuna River, after his father tried to slay him, and was raised by the leader of the cowherds, Nanda, and his wife Yashoda. As a youth, the cowherd Krishna became renowned as a lover, the sound of his flute prompting the gopis (wives and daughters of the cowherds) to leave their homes to dance ecstatically with him in the moonlight.

Krishna with the Gopis - Guyana, 1969:


One of the Gopis, Radha, is the favorite lover of god Krishna:

Both colorful stamps were issued by Guyana in 1969 to celebrate the Phagwah (Holi) Hindu Festival. It is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colors and festival of love. People use to color each other with dry powder and colored water as depicted on the stamps.
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