Now a days no news on Hindu Purans surprise me.because of the fact that Hinduism is so old and all-encompassing.
And the fact that Bharatvarsha included the whole world and the scientific dating validates the Purans.
Now comes a shocker.
Lord Krishna was worshiped by the Greeks.
Before that a look into Heracles.
“Heracles (// HERR-ə-kleez; Ancient Greek: Ἡρακλῆς, Hēraklēs, from Hēra, “Hera“, and kleos, “glory”), born Alcaeus (Ἀλκαῖος, Alkaios) or Alcides (Ἀλκείδης, Alkeidēs), was a divine hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, foster son of Amphitryon and great-grandson (and half-brother) of Perseus. He was the greatest of the Greek heroes, a paragon of masculinity, the ancestor of royal clans who claimed to be Heracleidae (Ἡρακλεῖδαι) and a champion of the Olympian order against chthonic monsters. In Rome and the modern West, he is known as Hercules, with whom the later Roman Emperors, in particular Commodus and Maximian, often identified themselves. The Romans adopted the Greek version of his life and works essentially unchanged, but added anecdotal detail of their own, some of it linking the hero with the geography of the Central MeMegasthanediterranean. Details of his cult were adapted to Rome as well’
See the excerpts towards the close of the Post.
Similarities between Krishna and Hercules.
Krishna’s Killing of Kalinga is similar to Hercules with Hydra.
Krishna’s killing of Kesi,Arishtasura, Kamsa and Hercules’s step mother have a striking parallel Hercules lifting the world Legend, these are very clos to Krishna.
It is of interest to note that Hercules is also associated with/as Balarama, Lord Shiva!
This information of Greek God being Krishna may prove to be incorrect, but it proves Krishna legend was so alive( I am of the opinion Krishna is a Historical Figure) that the Greeks took him to Greece!
Check the Links.
|According to Arrian, Diodorus, and Strabo, Megasthenes described an Indian tribe called Sourasenoi, who especially worshipped Herakles in their land, and this land had two cities, Methora and Kleisobora, and a navigable river, the Jobares. As was common in the ancient period, the Greeks sometimes described foreign gods in terms of their own divinities, and there is a little doubt that the Sourasenoi refers to the Shurasenas, a branch of the Yadu dynasty to which Krishna belonged; Herakles to Krishna, or Hari-Krishna: Mehtora to Mathura, where Krishna was born; Kleisobora to Krishnapura, meaning “the city of Krishna”; and the Jobares to the Yamuna, the famous river in the Krishna story. Quintus Curtius also mentions that when Alexander the Great confronted Porus, Porus’s soldiers were carrying an image of Herakles in their vanguard.||”|
— Krishna: a sourcebook, Edwin Francis Bryant, Oxford University Press US, 20