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By Swami Harshananda

Kālindī literally means ‘that which originates from the hill Kalinda’.

Kālindī, Wife of Śrī Kṛṣṇa[edit]

The river Yamunā is well-known in the Vaiṣṇava purāṇas as Kālindī. One of the eight queens of Śrī Kṛṣṇa was Kālindī. She was the daughter of Surya and sister of Yamunā. She married him after performing severe austerities knowing that he was Viṣṇu himself. While on a hunting mission, Kṛṣṇa found her in a forest and married her after knowing her intentions. She bore him ten valiant sons.

Kālindī, a Pond[edit]

One of the ponds of the Yamunā river was also known as Kālindī. A sage Saubhari had once cursed Garuḍa not to come to this pond to eat up the snakes there. Consequently many snakes including the terrible Kāliyanāga made it their habitation.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore