In comparing the Krishna and Jesus myths, some of the references of the Jesus myth are stories found in the so-called Apocryphal Gospels, the early Christian writings which were not accepted for the Christian Canon, which includes the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John, the Acts, and other letters.
Special note will be made of the Apocryphal Gospel references.
The Apocryphal Gospel myths are included because they give additional mythological information not found in the Canonic Gospels.
Because we are interested in the total Jesus myth, this additional information is included.
Here is a chart comparing the Jesus myth to the Krishna myth.
|The Hindu Krishna Myth||The Christian Jesus Myth|
|1. Krishna is the son of the Virgin Devaki.||1. Jesus is the son of the Virgin Mary.|
|2. Krishna's birth occurs while his foster father, Nanda, is in his native city to pay taxes to the king, King Kansa.||2. Jesus' birth occurs while his foster father, Joseph, is in his native city to pay taxes to the Governor.|
|3. King Kansa tried to kill Krishna by ordeing the slaughter of all males born on the same day as Krishna.||3. King Herod ordered the slaughter of all infants born on
the same day
Source: St. Matthew, 2:16.
|4. The Virgin Devaki is told by an angel, "In thy delivery, O favored among women, all nations shall have cause to rejoice."||4. The Virgin Mary is told by an angel, "Hail, thou that
favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou
conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the
Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he
reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall
Source: St. Luke 1:28-33.
|5. The nativity of Krishna is heralded by a star.||5. The nativity of Jesus is heralded by a star.|
|6. Krishna is born in a cave.
The cave story is an indication of lower-class birthplace.
|6. Jesus is born in a cave.
Source: The Apocryphal Gospel entitled Protevangelion, supposedly written by James, the brother of Jesus.
The manger story (wherein Jesus was born in a stable) is an indication of a low-class birthplace.
|7. Krishna is visited in the cave by three wise men bearing gifts.||7. Jesus is visited in the stable/cave by three wise men bearing gifts.|
|8. The cave was mysteriously illuminated.||8. The cave was illuminated so brightly Joseph and Mary's
not tolerate the light.
Source: The Apocryphal Gospel Protevangelion.
|9. Nanda is warned by an angel to flee from King Kansa by crossing the Jumna River with the infant Krishna.||9. Joseph is warned in a dream to flee from King Herod into Egypt with the infant Jesus and the Virgin Mary.|
|10. The baby Krishna began speaking to his mother shortly after birth.||10. The baby Jesus began speaking to the Virgin Mary shortly
birth, saying, "Mary, I am Jesus, the Son of God, that WORD which thou
didst bring forth according to the declaration of the Angel Gabriel to
thee, and my Father hath sent me for the salvation of the world."
Source: The Apocryphal Gospel, The First Gospel of the Infancy.
|11. Krishna performs miracles in Mathura.||11. Jesus performs miracles in the town of Materea in Egypt.|
|12. Krishna is the second person of the Hindu Trinity: (1) Brahma, (2) Vishnu, (3) Siva. Krishna is the incarnation of Vishnu.||12. Jesus is the second person of the Christian Trinity: (1) God, the Father, (2) Jesus the Son, (3) the Holy Ghost.|
|13. Krishna was crucified.||13. Jesus was crucified.|
|14. During the crucifixion, Krishna was wounded by an arrow.||14. During the crucifixion, Jesus was wounded by a spear.|
|15. At noon on the day of Krishna's crucifixion, the sun darkened.||15. From the sixth hour to the ninth hour on the day of Jesus' crucifixion, the sun darkened.|
|16. Krishna descended into Hell.
He raised the dead.
He brought back two boys from Hell.
|16. Jesus descended into Hell.
He raised the dead.
He brought back from Hell two boys, the sons of the high priest.
Source: The Apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus.
John G. Jackson, Christianity Before Christ, American Atheist Press, P.O. Box 2117, Austin, TX 78768-2117, 1985.
The crucifixion of Krishna: Thomas Inman, M.D., Ancient Faiths, Vol. I, p. 411, cited by Thomas William Doane in Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions, New Hyde Park, New York, NY, University Books, 1970, p. 186, cited by John G. Jackson, Christianity Before Christ, American Atheist Press, P.O. Box 2117, Austin, TX 78768-2117, 1985, p. 80.