Series 1: 64 Qualities of Lord Sri Krishna!

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Series 1: 64 Qualities of Lord Sri Krishna!

1.Beautiful Bodily Features

Any comparison of the different parts of the Lord’s body to different material objects cannot factually be a complete comparison.

Ordinary persons, who cannot understand how exalted are the bodily features of the Lord, are simply given a chance to understand by a material comparison.

It is said that Krishna’s face is as beautiful as the moon, His thighs are powerful just like the trunks of elephant, His arms are just like two pillars, His palms are expanded like lotus flowers, His chest is just like a doorway, His hips are dens, and the middle of His body is a terrace.


There are certain characteristics of different limbs which are considered to be very auspicious and are fully present in the body of the Lord.

In this connection, one friend of Nanda Mahäräja, speaking about Lord Krishna’s auspicious bodily symptoms, said,

“My dear King of the cowherds, I can find thirty-two auspicious symptoms on the body of your son! I am wondering how this boy could have taken His birth in a family of cowherd men.”

He continued, “This boy has a reddish luster in seven places — His eyes, the ends of His hands, the ends of His legs, His palate, His lips, His tongue, and His nails. A reddish luster in these seven places is considered to be auspicious.

Three parts of His body are very broad: His waist, forehead, and chest.

Three parts of His body are short: His neck, thighs, and genitals.

Three parts of His body are very deep: His voice, intelligence, and navel.

There is highness in five parts of His body: His nose, arms, ears, forehead, and thighs.

In five parts of His body, there is fineness: His skin, the hairs on His head and on the other parts of His body, His teeth and His fingertips.

The aggregate of all these bodily features is manifest only in the bodies of great personalities.”

The fate lines on the palm are also considered to be auspicious bodily symptoms. In this connection, one old gopi informed King Nanda,

“Your son possesses various wonderful fate lines on His palms. There are the signs of lotus flowers and wheels on His palms and on His soles, there are the signs of a flag, a thunderbolt, a fish, a rod for controlling elephants, and a lotus flower. Please observe how auspicious these signs are!”


Beautiful bodily features which automatically attract the eyes are called rucira (pleasing).

Krishna possesses this attractive feature of rucira in His personal features.  It is said that the transcendental body of Krishna resembles the lotus flower in eight parts—namely His face, His two eyes, His two hands, His navel, and His two feet.

The gopis and inhabitants of Vrindävana used to see the luster of lotus flowers everywhere, and they could hardly withdraw their eyes from such a vision.


The effulgence pervading the universe is considered to be the rays of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The supreme abode of Krishna is always throwing off the effulgence known as brahmajyoti, and that effulgence is emanating from His body.


-Ref: Nectar of Devotion (Sri Rupa Goswami)

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