6 Lord Krishna Tattoo Designs & Their Meanings

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When we first think of Lord Krishna, the first thought that usually comes to our mind is love, compassion, and a heavy dose of mischief. He is the 8th avatar of Lord Vishnu and for those unversed, he is the central character of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. His fables are full of mischief but they always deliver important life lessons at the end that force us to reflect on our life.

In Sanskrit, Krishna means “the attractive one”, it also means the color “Dark Blue.” It is believed that Lord Krishna lived for 120 years or 125 years and he ruled the Dwarka kingdom which is believed to have been the first capital of Gujarat.

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Speaking about his life, Lord Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudeva but he was separated from his parents after his birth as his uncle Kansa was on a spree to kill Devaki’s newborns to save his life. He was told by fortune tellers that a child of Devaki would kill him. According to the Puranas, Lord Krishna grew up with Nanda and his wife Yashoda near modern-day Mathura.

Lord Krishna (commonly known as Kisna) was adored by many since his childhood and the present is no different. Many have his artwork donning their houses while others show their love by having a Krishna tattoo or multiple tattoos on their body parts. There are also a lot of Lord Krishna tattoo designs like flute tattoo, Radha Krishna tattoo, full figure Lord Krishna tattoo, Krishna name tattoo and much more.

Krishna tattoo designs or Kisna tattoo designs represent him as a child or a beautiful young man with black flowy hair and blue-black skin. His tattoo designs are always beautiful just like him. According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Krishna was a beauty to behold. 

So, if you are someone who is a true devotee of Lord Krishna and want to get a Kisna tattoo to show your love and devotion to the Supreme God, check out the designs below and pick one to go ahead.

  1. Flute Tattoo

A flute is called bansuri in the Hindi language and the word sounds as beautiful as the tunes played by Lord Krishna on it. We have seen many television shows where Lord Krishna is shown playing the flute and the music is so divine that we feel connected to him in our hearts. To feel the same connection, a bansuri tattoo is a great option. Also, there are various unique ways to design the tattoo that will look extraordinary.

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If you want something simple, you can opt for this bansuri tattoo which also has a peacock feather which is a symbol of knowledge and beauty. The eye in the feather represents the third eye of Lord Krishna and divine wisdom. It is also believed that the flute music made peacocks happy and dance better, thus as a token of gratitude, they offered him their feathers which he happily placed on his hair.

Speaking about this tattoo design, you can place this one on your arm, wrist on the back of your hand or in the neck area. It will look angelic and will definitely catch the eye of an onlooker. You can also check peacock feather tattoo designs here.

2. Baby Krishna Tattoo

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If you are someone who likes all things cute, you can definitely pick this one. Or if you are a devotee of Bal Gopal (Lord Krishna’s childhood name), this tattoo design is for you. As mentioned earlier, Lord Krishna was pampered and adored since his childhood as he was cute and at the same time beautiful.

This black and white baby Lord Krishna tattoo has shading on some parts and has perfect detailing that looks amazing. It shows him playing his flute and it might make you feel connected with his music. It is a must-try.

  1. Lord Krishna & Verse tattoo

This Lord Krishna tattoo with a significant verse from the Bhagavad Gita is a piece of great art that looks magnificent. The verse below holds a strong meaning that was explained by Lord Krishna to the Pandava prince Arjuna during the great battle of Kurukshetra that was fought between the Pandavas and Kauravas.

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The verse goes as Yada yada hi dharmasya glanirbhavati bharata Abhythanamadharmasya tadatmanam srijamyaham and it was described by Lord Krishna in Mahabharata when prince Arjuna refused to fight in the Kurukshetra battle. This verse is one of the major verses in the Bhagavad Gita and there are various variations of the meaning. Here is one – “Whenever there is a decline in righteousness, O Bharata (or son of), And there is the exaltation of unrighteousness, then I Myself come forth; For the protection of the good, for the destruction of evil-doers, For the sake of firmly establishing righteousness, I manifest Myself in every age.”

If you are looking for a meaningful tattoo then this is the one for you. Don’t give a second thought, just go for it and we are sure you won’t regret it. 


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  1. Abstract Lord Krishna Tattoo

If you love experimenting and have an eye for abstract designs, this tattoo can be a great option. The tattoo has just lines and curves to depict Lord Krishna. It also has colors that make it an attractive tattoo. You can get a tattoo with this design on your arms, on your fingers or anywhere you like. Also, if you don’t like sitting for hours for a tattoo, this one is the best option as it is not time-consuming at all.

  1. Lord Krishna and flute tattoo

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Lord Krishna is incomplete with his flute. According to Vedic scriptures, it was his flute skills that attracted Radha to him, his eternal love. That’s the reason why he always kept his flute close to him which is believed to have kept them together.

If you want your tattoo design to represent your love for Lord Krishna, choose these designs. Go for the arm area or the chest, the choice is yours.

  1. Radha Krishna Tattoo

The epic love story of Radha and Krishna cannot be described in mere words. The love they shared was pure and spiritual. Both were incomplete without each other. The couple is the perfect example of unconditional love. Often, people get Radha Krishna tattoos to celebrate the everlasting love that they shared.

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Radhe Krishna tattoo is also a great idea for couples who want their love to be as timeless as Radha and Lord Krishna’s love. You can also try and write the name of your beloved beside or below the tattoo.

With these Lord Krishna tattoo designs, you can show your love to the divine God. You can place them anywhere on your body like a Krishna tattoo on the neck area will look amazing as well as eye-catching. Also, a Krishna tattoo on your body will remind you that God is with you through thick and thin and no harm will come your way. So don’t wait, get the tattoo appointment with a skilled tattoo artist and get inked. To make things easier, you can check out skilled tattoo artists at Jhaiho who will not disappoint you.

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