The word Krishna means “dark”, and that is how Lord Krishna is, dark and handsome. To most Hindus, Lord Krishna is God himself. The great exponent of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna is the 8th and most powerful incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna is looked upon as a very important aspect of the Hindu religion. His existence had a impact on the culture of Hindus by influencing the religion, way of life, values, music, dance, art, love, etc.
Throughout the childhood years of Lord Krishna, he was known to be fearless. His childhood was filled with stories of him destroying demons like Kaliya Nag, the dreadful serpent. Another demon that he destroyed in his childhood is one named Putna, who tried to feed baby Krishna poisoned milk but did not succeed in doing so.
During his childhood days Lord Krishna danced gracefully for the cowherdesses and made heavenly music come to life on his flute. He was a very mischievous child, stealing butter and playing pranks on his friends.
Lord Krishna is also known as the God of romance. He was a faithful lover to Radha. His love for Radha was indescribable and immortal. Even though he married Rukmini his name is always paired with his childhood love Radha.
Lord Krishna is known as the hero of the Mahabharata. Krishna lived with the Pandavas and Kauravas and a war broke out between them. Krishna was sent to make peace but failed. Krishna offered his forces and might to the Kauravs and joined the Pandavas as the charioteer of the master warrior Arjuna. This epic battle is what is called the Mahabharata. In the middle of the war, Krishna offered his advice which became the voice of the Bhagavad Gita.
Some of his teachings from the Bhagavad Gita are that there are four types of Karma. Kamya Karma (actions done selfishly), Nishiddha Karma (actions forbidden by holy texts), Nitya Karma (actions that must be done daily), and Naimittika Karma (actions performed on special occasions).
He also taught the Glory of Satsanga. This was described as the fastest means of of getting closer to him.
Lord Krishna describes Karma (action), Jnana (knowledge), and Bhakti (devotion), as a three fold way to please him and to achieve moksha or happiness.