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In Hinduism, Krishna is considered an avatar of Vishnu, and an important god in his own right. Many stories are told about Krishna’s life, including his childhood as a baby possessed with cosmic powers, his youth as a playful cow herder with many lovers, and his adulthood as a sagely advisor to the epic hero Arjuna. Krishna can be depicted as a baby, or as a young man dancing with a flute. He is usually shown with dark blue skin.