Krishna: A Select Research Bibliography

(see also main entry on Krishna)

I: Primary Texts: The Myths and Legends of Krishna

Bahadur, K. P, trans. Rasikapriya [of Keshavadas]. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1972.

The Bhagavad Gita. Numerous editions and translations in various languages; one reliable scholarly translation is by S. Radhakrishnan (London: Allen & Unwin; various reprints).

Bhagavata Purana [also called Sri Bhagavatam]. Various translations and editions in English, Hindi, Sanskrit, French, and other languages. Book X, on the life and loves of Krishna, is the most critical part. See Tagare (below).

Bhattacharya, Deben, trans. Love Songs of Chandidasa. London, 1967.

Bhattacharya, Deben, trans. Love Songs of Vidyapati, ed. W. G. Archer. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1963; New York: Grove Press, 1970.

Bhattacharya, Deben, trans. The Lovers of Krishna, ed. W. G. Archer. London, 1957.

The Brahma-Vaivarta Puranam, trans. Rajendra Nath Sen, Vol. XXIV of the "Sacred Books of the Hindus". Part II, Ganesa and Krisna Janma Khandas. Allahabad: Sudhindra Nath Vasu, at the Panini Office, 1922; reprint ed., New York: AMS Press, 1974.

Chandra, Moti, ed. Gita Govinda. New Delhi: Lalit Kala Akademi, 1965. Series Portfolio [of prints] Nos. 2 & 3.

Dimmitt, Cornelia & van Buitenen, J.A.B., Classical Hindu Mythology: A Reader in the Sanskrit Puranans. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1978, pp. 100-146 [see "Krsna", below.]

Dimock, Edward C. and Levertov, D. In Praise of Krishna: Songs from the Bengali. New York: Doubleday, 1967.

Dutt, M. N., trans. A Prose English Translation of Harivamsa. Calcutta: Elysium Press, 1897.

Goswami, Sri Rupa. Bhakti-Rasamrta-Sindhuh. Vrindaban: Institute of Oriental Philosophy, 1965.

Greenlees, Duncan. The Gospel of Sri Krishna [being translations of excerpts from the Srimad Bhagavata Purana and the Bhagavad Gita, with an introduction and notes]. The World Gospel Series, no. 14. Madras: Theosophical Publishing House, 1962.

Hutchinson, Francis G. Young Krishna [translation of the Harivamsa]. New Hampshire, 1980.

Jayadeva. The Love Song of the Dark Lord: Jayadeva’s Gitagovinda, ed. and trans. by Barbara Stoller Miller. New York: Columbia University Press, 1977.

"Krsna", from Classical Hindu Mythology: A Reader in the Sanskrit Puranas, ed. and trans. Cornelia Dimmitt & J.A.B. van Buitenen. Philladelphia: Temple University Press, 1978, pp. 100-146. The excerpts here are drawn largely from the Vishnu Purana and the Brahmavaivarta Purana. [FYI, the standard translation is Vishnu Purana: A System of Hindu Mythology and Tradition, trans. H. H. Wilson (London: John Murray, 1840; reprint ed., Calcutta: Punthi Pustak, 1972).]

McGregor, R. S., ed. and trans. The Round Dance of Krishna and Uddhav’s Message. London, 1973.

Tagare, Ganesh Vasudeo, trans. The Bhagavata Purana. Pt. 4 (10th skandha). Ancient Indian Tradition & Mythology Series, vol. 10. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1978.

 

II: Secondary Works: Books

Allston, A. J., trans. The Devotional Poems of Mirabai. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1980.

Ambalal, Amit. Krishna as Shrinathji: Rajasthani Paintings from Nathdvara. New York: Mapin Publishing, 1987.

Anand, D. Krishna: The Living God of Braj. New Delhi: Abhnav Publications, 1992.

Archer, William G. The Loves of Krishna. New York: Grove Press, 1957.

Aurbindo, Sri. Essays on the Gita.

Banerjee, P. The Life of Krishna in Indian Art. New Delhi: National Museum, 1978.

Bhattacharya, Gunindra Lal. Krishna of the Gita: Reflections & the Necessity of Regrouping the Text of the Gita. Calcutta: Writers Worskhop, 1993.

Bhattacharya, Sunil K. Krsna-Cult. New Delhi: Associated Publishing House, 1978.

Bhattacharya, Sunil K. Krishna-Cult in Indian Art. New Delhi: MD Publications, 1996.

Birla, Ghanshyamdas. Alive in Krishna. New York: Paragon House, 1983.

Bryant, Kenneth. Poems to the Child-God: Structure and Strategies in the Poems of Surdas (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978), pp. 145-209.

Case, Margaret H. Seeing Krishna: The Religious World of a Brahmin Family in Vrindaban. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Chaitanya, Krishna. The Betrayal of Krishna. New Delhi, 1991.

Chatterjee, Bankimcandra. Krishnacharitra, translated into English by Pradip Bhattacharya. Calcutta: M. P. Birla Foundation

Chaturvedi, B. K. Krishna. Gods & Goddesses of India, No. 10. Delhi: Books for All, 1998. [This is very elementary, but not without interest.]

Dallapiccola, Anna L; Goswamy, K. N., et al. Krishna, The Divine Lover: Myth and Legend Through Indian Art. London: Serindia Publications; Boston: David R. Godine, 1982.

Das, Bhagavan. Krishna: A Study in the Theory of Avataras. Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1990 [1962].

De, S. K. Krishnakarnamrita. Dacca, 1983.

Entwistle, A. W. Braj: Centre of Krishna Pilgrimage. Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 1987.

Firth, Nigel. The Legend of Krishna. London: Sheldon Press, 1975.

Growse, Frederick Salmon. Mathura: A District Memoir, 3rd ed., Allahabad: North-Western Provinces and Oudh Government Press, 1883.

Gupta, R. C. Sri Krishna, A Socio-Political and Philosophical Study. Delhi: B. R. Publishers, 1984.

Hawley, John S. At Play with Krishna. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1981.

Hawley, John S. Surdas: Poet, Singer, Saint. Delhi, 1982.

Hawley, John S. Krishna, the Butter Thief. Delhi, 1983.

Hein, Norvin. The Miracle Plays of Mathura. Delhi: OUP, 1972.

Hiltebeitel, Alf. The Ritual of Battle: Krishna in the Mahabharata. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976; reprint ed., with foreword by Wendy Doniger, Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1990.

Jaiswal, Suvira. Origin and Development of Vaisnavism. Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1967.

Karve, Iravati. Yuganta: The End of an Epoch. Poona: Desmukh Prakashan, 1969.

Krishnadas [Charuchandra Guha]. Krishna of Vrindabana. Calcutta: Bengal Library Book Depot, 1927.

Majumdar, Biman Behari. Krishna in Legend and History. Calcutta: University of Calcutta, 1969.

Matilal, Bimal. Moral Dilemmas in the Mahabharata. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1980.

Miller, Barbara Stoller. The Hermit and the Love Thief. Delhi, 1990.

Mukherjee, Radha Kamal. The Lord of the Autumn Moons. Bombay: Asia Publishing House, 1957.

Mukhopadhyay, Durgadas. In Praise of Krishna. Delhi, 1990.

Munshi, K. M. Krishnavtara. Volume I. London, 1951; reprint, Delhi, 1988; Vol. II: The Wrath of an Emperor. Bombay, 1988.

Munshi, K. M. The Magic Flute. London, 1951; reprint ed., Delhi, 1988.

Pal, B. C. Sri Krishna. 2nd ed., Calcutta, 1964.

Pal, B. C. Bengal Vaishnavism. Calcutta, 1933.

Pal, Dhirendra Nath. Krishna, His Life and Teachings. Calcutta, 1901.

Prabhupada, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. Krsna: The Supreme Personality of Godhead. [A Summary Study of Srila Vyasadeva’s Srimad-Bhagavatam, Tenth Canto.] Los Angeles: Bhaktivedanta Trust, 1970. 2 vols.

Randhawa, M. S. Krishna Legend in Pahari Painting. New Delhi, 1956.

Redington, James D. Vallabhacharya on the Love Games of Krishna. Delhi, 1983.

Ruben, Walter. Krishna. 1943.

Sanyal, J. M., trans. The Srimadbhagavatam. 2 vols. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1973.

Seigel, Lee. Sacred and Profane Dimensions of Love in the Indian Tradition as Exemplified in the ‘Gitagovinda of Jayadeva’. London: Oxford UP, 1978.

Singer, Milton, ed., Krishna: Myths, Rites, and Attitudes. Honolulu: East-West Center Press, Honolulu, 1966; paperback ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968.

Sivananda, Swami. Lord Krishna, His Lila and Teachings. Rishikesh, 1950.

Special Exhibition on Krishna of the Bhagavata Purana, the Gita Govinda and Other Texts. With introduction by O. P. Sharma. New Delhi: National Museum, 1982.

Sukthankar, Vishnu S. The Meaning of the Mahabharata. Bombay: Asiatic Society of Bombay, 1957.

Varma, Monika. Lord Krishna: Love Incarnate. New Delhi: Vikas Publishing House, 1978.

Varma, Pavan K. Krishna: The Playful Divine. Delhi: Viking, 1993.

Wilson, Frances, ed. The Love of Krishna: The Krsnakarnamarta of Lilasuka Bilvamangala. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1975.

III: Secondary Works: Articles

Delmonico, Neal. "How to Partake in the Love of Krsna", in Religions of India in Practice, ed. Donald S. Lopez Jr. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1995, pp. 244-62.

Dimock, Edward C., Jr. "Doctrine and Practice among the Vaisnavas of Bengal." History of Religions 3, no. 1 (Summer 1963):106-27.

Hiltebeitel, Alf. "Krishna at Mathura", in Mathura, The Cultural Heritage, ed. Doris Meth Srinivasan. New Delhi, 1989.

Kakar, Sudhir. "Erotic fantasy: the secret passion of Radha and Krishna", Contributions to Indian Sociology (New Series) 19,no. 1 (Jan-June 1985):75-94.

Keith, A. B. "The Child Krishna." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (London, 1908): 169 ff.

Kennedy, J. "The Child Krishna, Christianity and the Gujars." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) 1907: 951-991.

Kennedy, J. "The Child Krishna and his Critics." Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) 1908: 505-521.

Kosambi, D.D. "The Historical Krishna." Times of Indian Annual (1965):27-36.

Law, B. C. "Sacred Places of the Vaishnavas." Journal of the U.P. Historical Society X: 80ff.

Miller, Barbara Stoller. "The divine duality of Radha and Krishna", in The Divine Consort: Radha and the Goddesses of India, eds. J. S. Hawley and D. M. Wulff. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982, pp. 13-26.

Pandey, S. M. "Mirabai and Her Contributions to the Bhakti Movement." History of Religions 5, no. 1 (Summer 1965):54-73.

Patnaik, Debi Prasanna. "Concept of Radhakrishna in the Panchasakha Literature." Proceedings of Indian Oriental Conference 18 (1955):406-411.

Przyluski, Jean. "The Name of the God Vishnu and the Krishna Legend." Quarterly Journal of the Mythic Society (1960):46 ff.

Vaudeville, Ch. "Evolution of Love-Symbolism in Bhagavatism." Journal of the American Oriental Society 82 (1962):31-40.

Weber, A. "Investigation into the Origin of [the] Festival of Krishnajanmashtami." Indian Antiquary (1874): 47 ff.

Weber, A. "On the Krishnajanmashtami." Indian Antiquary 6 (1877):249 ff; 349 ff.

 

 

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