Krishna is thought to have been born around 3220 BCE and to have lived for 126 years, dying in the year 3102 BCE (Knott). Krishna, the son of the Princess Devaki, was born (according to the Bhagavata Purana) from the mind of Vasudeva entering the womb of his mother directly . Sent away from his kingdom because of his mother’s fear for his life, Krishna grew up as a shepherd of cows, and there are many stories of his exploits as a youth. He killed the Demon Putana, who was disguised as a wet nurse, and defeated the Naga Kāliyā by dancing on i...
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.... Without the intervention of Krishna, the Pandavas would have faced three foes they would have had no chance to slay on the battlefield, and would have inevitably lost. Thus it can be said that Krishna was the most important figure in the Mahabharata.
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