Specific similarities between
the lives of Jesus and Krishna
Implications of points of similarity between the lives of Jesus and Krishna:
Krishna is the second person of the Hindu Trinity. He is considered to be one
of the incarnations of the God Vishnu. Some Hindus believe that he lived on
Earth during perhaps the 2nd or
BCE. However, "Traditional belief based on scriptural
details and astrological calculations gives Krishna's birth" year as 3228
BCE. 12 Yeshua of Nazareth is generally regarded as having
in Palestine circa 4 to 7
BCE. Thus, if there are many points of similarities between
these two individuals, most skeptics and some religious liberals would accept
that elements of Krishna's life were incorporated into the legends associated
with Jesus rather than vice-versa.
Other reasons for the similarities between Jesus and Krishna's life stories
on Earth have been suggested which are more
acceptable to conservative Christians who believe in the
inerrancy of the Bible, in the
inspiration of the Bible's authors by God, and in the
belief that Jesus is God's only son and the world's only savior:
Legends of Krishna's life are lies which Satan created to discredit
Christianity in advance of Jesus' birth.
The similarities in the two lives are simple coincidences.
Krishna's life was a type of prophecy foretelling the arrival of the
Correspondences between events in Jesus' and Krishna's life:
Author Kersey Graves (1813-1883), a Quaker from Indiana, compared Yeshua's and Krishna's life. He found
what he believed were 346
elements in common within Christiana and Hindu writings. 1
That appears to be overwhelming evidence that incidents in Jesus' life were
copied from Krishna's. However, many of Graves' points of similarity are a real
He did report some amazing coincidences:
#6 & 45: Yeshua and Krishna were called both a God and the Son of God.
7: Both was sent from heaven to earth in the form of a man.
8 & 46: Both were called Savior, and the second person of the Trinity.
13, 15, 16 & 23: His adoptive human father was a carpenter.
18: A spirit or ghost was their actual father.
21: Krishna and Jesus were of royal descent.
27 & 28: Both were visited at birth by wise men and shepherds, guided
by a star.
30 to 34: Angels in both cases issued a warning that the local dictator planned to
kill the baby and had issued a decree for his assassination. The parents
fled. Mary and Joseph stayed in Muturea; Krishna's parents stayed in
41 & 42: Both Yeshua and Krishna withdrew to the wilderness as
56: Both were identified as "the seed of the woman bruising the
58: Jesus was called "the lion of the tribe of Judah." Krishna
was called "the lion of the tribe of Saki."
60: Both claimed: "I am the Resurrection."
64: Both referred to themselves having existed before their birth on
Due either to carelessness, or the primitive knowledge of religious
history in the late 19th century, it appears that Graves made some errors in
his book. He reported that:
Both Krishna and Yeshua were born on December 25.
Actually, Krishna is traditionally believed to have been born
during August. The festival Janmashtami is held in honor of this birth.
birth day of Jesus is unknown, but is believed by many to have also been
about August during some year between 4 and 7
December 25th was chosen for
Christmas to coincide with a pre-existent Pagan Roman holiday, Saturnalia.
December 25th was also recognized in ancient times as the birth day of
various other god-men such as Attis and Mithra. All were linked to the
winter solstice, which occurs
Jesus' and Krishna's mothers were holy virgins:
Actually, the virginal state of Mary when she conceived Jesus is
a matter of debate. Paul and the author(s)
of the Gospel of John appear to directly reject the concept. The
author of the Gospel of Mark appears to have been unaware of it. The
authors of Matthew and Luke accepted the belief. Christians today
The virginal state of Devaki is also a matter of debate. One tradition
states that Krishna was her eighth child. Another states that it was a virgin birth: "In
the context of myth and religion, the virgin birth is applied to any
miraculous conception and birth. In this sense, whether the mother is
technically a virgin is of secondary importance to the fact that she
conceives and gives birth by some means other than the ordinary....the
divine Vishnu himself descended into the womb of Devaki and was born as
her son Krishna." 11
Jesus' and Krishna's mothers had similar names: Miriam (Mary) and Maia
In reality, Krishna's mother may have been referred to as Maia, but only because this is
the Hindi word for "mother." His mother's actual name was Devaki; his
foster mother's name was Yashoda.
Points of similarity found by other writers:
In addition, there are other points of similarity between Krishna and
"The object of Krishna's birth was to bring about a victory of good
over evil." 2
Krishna "came onto earth to cleanse the sins of the human
"Krishna was born while his foster-father Nanda was in the city to
pay his tax to the king." 3 Yeshua was born while
his foster-father, Joseph, was in the city to be enumerated in a census so
that "all the world could be taxed."
Jesus is recorded as saying: "if you had faith as a mustard seed you
would say to the mountain uproot yourself and be cast into the ocean"
Krishna is reported as having uprooted a small mountain. 4
Krishna's "...foster-father Nanda had to journey to Mathura to pay
his taxes" just as Jesus foster-father Joseph is recorded in the
Gospel of Luke as having to go to Bethlehem to pay taxes. 10
"The story about the birth of Elizabeth's son John (the Baptist),
cousin of Jesus, corresponds with the story in the Krishna myth about the
birth of the child of Nanda and his wife Yasoda." 10
Nanda was the foster-father of Krishna.
The Greek God Dionysos, Jesus and Krishna were all said to have been
placed in a manger basket after birth. 10
Were Krishna and Yeshua both crucified and later raised to heaven?
In addition to the above points of correspondence between Yeshua and
Krishna, there may be one more similarity: they may have both been
In his book, Graves stated flatly that both Yeshua and Krishna were
crucified between two thieves, at the age of about 30 to 36 by "wicked hands."
However, this may have been wishful thinking. The "common, orthodox
depiction of Krishna's death relates that he was shot in the foot with an
arrow while under a tree." 5 But:
The author Jacolliot, referring to the "Bagaveda-Gita and Brahminical
traditions," states that the body of Krishna: "was
suspended to the branches of a tree by his murderer, that it might become
the prey of the vultures...[Later] the mortal frame of the Redeemer had
disappeared--no doubt it had regained the celestial abodes..."
M. Guigniaut's Religion de l'Antiquité, which states: "The
death of Crishna is very differently related. One remarkable and
convincing tradition makes him perish on a tree, to which he was nailed by
the stroke of an arrow." 7
There are other references to Krishna being crucified, and being shown
with holes in his feet, hands and side. 5
In the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) Yeshua's crucifixion on a
cross or stake is often referred to as being "hung on a tree:"
Acts 5:30: "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus...hanging
him on a tree.
Acts 10:39: "...hanging him on a tree."
Acts 13:29: "...they took him down from the tree..."
Galatians 3:13: "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the
law, having become a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one
that hangeth on a tree."
1 Peter 2:24: "...who his own self bare our sins in his body
upon the tree..." (All ASV)
Correspondences between Hinduism and some branches of Christianity:
At least some branches of Christianity share the following beliefs with
A future reward in heaven or punishment in Hell.
Hinduism and Catholicism share the concept of
A day of judgment.
A general resurrection.
The need for repentance for sin.
Salvation requires faith in the Savior.
A belief in angels and of evil spirits.
A belief that disease and sickness is caused by evil spirits.
A past war in heaven between good and bad angels.
God is considered the "Word of Logos."
Their religious texts talk of "the blind leading the blind," "a
new heaven and a new earth, "living water," "all scripture
is given by inspiration of God," "all scripture is profitable for
doctrine," "to die is great gain," etc.
Being born again.
Other points of similarity between Hinduism and Christianity:
Symbols: The trident -- traditionally carried by the Hindu
God-Goddess Shiva, is somewhat similar to the Christian cross. Adding a
vertical horn at both ends of the horizontal bar of a cross will
convert it into a trident with three prongs. This actually was done to a
Christian cross erected by a Baptist community of 1,200 in Ranalia, India.
For decades, the Baptists had annually whitewashed a cross symbol on a
large rock in a hill above the town. In early 1999, someone added two
horns, turning the cross into a trident. When the smoke cleared
(literally) more than 150 mud huts owned by Christians had been gutted by
arson. Some named the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party as
perpetrators. However, that was denied by the local head of the party.
This is a very unusual event, because Hindus in India are known for their
unusually high level of religious tolerance.
Many Hindus believe that all religions can lead their members to God. 8
The role of water: Most Christians baptize either mature
members or infants in the congregation. Sometime this is done by total
immersion in water; sometimes by sprinkling water over the individual's
head. In the Roman Catholic Church, baptism is a sacrament that washes
away the person's original sin. Immersion in water by Hindus is also an
important ritual. "Water in Hinduism has a special place because it is
believed to have spiritually cleansing powers...In the sacred water
distinctions of caste are supposed to count for nothing, as all sins fall
away...Every temple has a pond near it and devotees are supposed to take a
bath before entering the temple." 9