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Lord Krishna is claimed to be an avatar of the Hindu Trimurti, and the "supreme personality" of the god-head, an incarnation of Vishnu, thus unambiguously "god-in-the-flesh". Hindus believe that Vishnu is one of the Gods that make up the Hindu Trinity and is believed to be the lord of the universe who takes human form and is the lord of all creation, all things, all time. Through him people will know what is real, meaning comes only from god.
As previously said, Krishna is believed to be the creator of everything, even outside this world. For instance, whereas in the book of Genesis the Judaic/Christian God focuses on creating this world, Krishna is declared to have created not only this world, but also every world in this universe, as well as numerous other universes — hinting about the multiverse.
As an incarnation of Vishnu, Krishna is not to be confused with the former Kings of Nepal, who also ranked as incarnations of Vishnu. (From 2006 the Parliament of Nepal effectively deprived King Gyanendra of this status; he left office in 2008 and his erstwhile kingdom became a republic.)
Hare Krishna is a Hindu mantra, Krishna being a Hindu deity and/or incarnation of Vishnu, another Hindu deity:
- Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
- Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
- Hare Rama Hare Rama
- Rama Rama Hare Hare
Noted comedian and twitcher Bill Oddie sang a parody version the Hare Krishna on the B-Side of his "On Ilkla Moor Baht'at" single, released in 1970 on John Peel's Dandelion imprint. It was considered most droll by all.
- See the Wikipedia article on incarnation.
- See the Wikipedia article on King of Nepal.
- Mocko, Anne T. (2015). "The Rise and Fall of the Shah Dynasty". Demoting Vishnu: Ritual, Politics, and the Unraveling of Nepal's Hindu Monarchy. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 37. ISBN 9780190275235. Retrieved 2018-01-29. "For as long as could be remembered, palace-endorsed sources claimed, the Nepali people had revered their king as an incarnation of Vishnu."
- See the Wikipedia article on Gyanendra of Nepal.
- Mason, Colin (2014). A Short History of Asia (3 ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 202. ISBN 9781137340610. Retrieved 2018-01-29. "An alliance between the Maoists and the Congress forced his abdication in 2008, when a constitutional assembly declared a republic, ending 240 years of the monarchy."