Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwaan Shree Krishna
Genre Fantasy, Mythology, Drama
Created by Sagar Films (Pvt.Ltd.)
Written by Kamal Pandey & Raghuvir Shekhawat
Directed by Bhushan Patel
Starring Vishal Karwal, Priya Bathija, Puneet Issar
Composer(s) Ravindra Jain
Country of origin India
Language(s) Hindi
Producer(s) Moti Sagar, Meenakshi Sagar
Editor(s) Santosh Singh, K. Rajgopal, Vikash Kumar Jha
Cinematography Deepak Malwankar
Running time 20 Minutes (Approx.)
Original channel Imagine TV
Original run July 4, 2011 – Present

Dwarkadheesh Bhagwaan Shree Krishn is a television series based on the adult life of the Hindu deity Krishna. The series began airing on July 4, 2011 on Imagine TV at the primetime 8PM slot. It is set to air from Monday to Friday every week. The series intends to show Krishna as a valiant lover; a master strategist; and an ideal brother, father, son, and king. Renowned composer Ravindra Jain composed the title song for the TV Series which was sung by singer Anup Jalota. The serial is produced by Sagar Pictures who are well known for their mythological serials Ramayan, Shri Krishna, etc.



The series is going to focus on Lord Krishna's adventures as the king of Dwarka and on his relationships with his elder half-brother Balram, sister-in-law Revati, to-be wife Rukmini, etc.

The series follows Lord Krishna's life after he killed his evil uncle, demon-king Kans and became king of Dwarka. The series begins with Krishna engaging in battle with King Kalyavan, an ally of king Jarasandh of Magadh, who has already lost 16 battles against king Krishna.

Story 1: A descendant of the Yadav clan, King Krishna meets with King Kalyavan and his gigantic army on the battlefield. Krishna abandons his chariot and runs away from the battlefield, forcing Kalyavan to follow the Lord. During the pursuit, Kalyavan insults Krishna by calling him 'Rannchhod' (deserter). Krishna enters a cave and upon finding an asleep old man, covers him with his own cloth. Thinking Krishna is hiding under his cloth, Kalyavan disrupts the eternal slumber of King Muchkund, who was given a boon to stay asleep forever and burn the person who would disturb and wake him up from his sleep. Cursed fire from King Muchkund's eyes burns and instantly kills Kalyavan. Krishna blesses king Muchkund by granting his request of a vision of the Lord's eternal form, after which the king attains salvation.

Story 2: King Jarasandh attacks Dwarka for the 17th time with his private and allied armies against whom stand King Krishna and Prince Balram alone. Krishna persuades his elder brother Balram to abandon the battle (to save thousands of innocent soldiers from man slaughter) and climb a mountain, on the other side of which is a vast sea. Taken under the sea by a whirlpool, the two brothers encounter water-demon Matsyasur, hellbent on revenge for the death of his brother Panchjanya who was killed earlier by Krishna. Water-demon Matsyasur runs and hides in a conch shell, where he is followed and killed by Krishna's Sudarshan disc (weapon). The two brothers then return safely to Dwarka.

Story 3: Before returning to Magadh, King Jarasandh takes a detour to Kundinpur, Vidarbha where his friend Prince Rukmi is overjoyed to hear of Jarasandh's supposed victory against King Krishna and Prince Balram. To quench friend Rukmi's worries about his sister, Princess Rukmini, Jarasandh suggests a marriage between her and his adopted son King Shishupal of Chedi. After King Shishupal accepts the proposal, Prince Rukmi forces his family to accept it as well, appointing Sage Sudev to instruct the princess on domestic duties and responsibilities. Princess Rukmini, however, requests Sudev to take a message to Dwarka in which she pleads King Krishna to come and kidnap her from Goddess Parvati's temple outside Kundinpur. King Shishupal and Prince Rukmi's closest friends King Jarasandh, King Dantvakra, King Shaalva, and King Vidurat arrive in Kundinpur with the wedding procession. Princess Rukmini leaves to the temple where king Krishna, his charioteer Daruk kidnap the princess. King Shishupal confronts his uncle Krishna with his army but is defeated by uncle Balram and his battalion (who arrive to help the king of Dwarka). Thereafter, Prince Rukmi confronts King Krishna, insulting the Lord and coaxing him into battle. As Krishna defeats Rukmi and ties him to the chariot (to be dragged to Dwarka), Prince Balram intervenes and suggests a more subtler punishment. On Prince Balram's orders, commander-in-chief of the army, Kritvarma, shaves off half of Prince Rukmi's head and moustache.

King Krishna and Prince Balram come back to Dwarka where Lord Vasudev plans an official wedding between Krishna and his to-be bride Princess Rukmini. King Krishna suggests that Prince Balram invite the princess's entire family and sends him to Kundinpur, where after much argument, reluctant Prince Rukmi and the rest of the family agree to go to Dwarka. Atop Mt. Kailash, Shree Shiv and Goddess Parvati send Nandi to assemble the entire pantheon of gods to attend King Krishna and Princess Rukmini's wedding. The wedding procession proceeds through the streets of Dwarka with the residents celebrating along the way; thereafter King Krishna and princess Rukmini are married with great pomp and circumstance.

Story 4: Commander-in-chief Kritvarma invites King Krishna to his house to celebrate the birth of his son. However, he requests that Lady Devaki not be present as the people consider her a 'cursed mother' (for losing her first six children immediately after birth). Oblivious to the rumours, Lady Devaki goes to Kritvarma and Sugandha's house where the baby falls unconscious upon her touch. After hearing Sugandha insult his mother, King Krishna flies to hell, battles Death, and brings the baby's life force back to Earth.

Overcome with grief, Lady Devaki requests her son King Krishna to bring his seven elder siblings back from the grave. King Krishna visits Lord Brahma where he learns that his six elder siblings--Smar, Patang, Ghruni, Udagit, Parishvart, and Shudrabhroot (divine souls who were cursed by Shree Brahma to be born on Earth) now reside in Sutal Lok with demon-King Bali. Back in Dwarka, King Krishna reveals to his mother that the divine souls must go back to heaven in a few minutes. After seeing the true form of her six elder children, Lady Devaki lets them leave and returns herself to Mathura with Lord Vasudev.

Story 5: In court, Prince Balram introduces Dwarka's first thief, Raman, who stands falsely accused of stealing jewelry from the city's temple. Since there are no jails in the city, Prince Balram commands Raman to deposit 100 gold coins in the royal treasury in seven days or face excommunication. Unable to bear the stigma, Raman commits suicide; angered by her husband's death Ramaiyaa curses King Krishna, Queen Rukmini, Prince Balram, and Lady Revati to suffer a similar fate.

Story 6: On the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi, a sage recites the story of Shree Ganesh's curse on demigod Chandra (moon) to Dwarka's royal family. As per the curse, anyone who (even accidentally) looks at the moon will also be cursed with ill fate and misfortune. Due to high winds, the curtain on a nearby window falls down and King Krishna ends up looking at the moon.

Story 7: Nobleman Satrajit of Dwarka goes to royal court wearing the divine Syamantaka jewel which was given to him by Demigod Surya. Satrajit boasts how the jewel provides him with gold eight times per morning. King Krishna asks that the jewel be surrendered to Dwarka for Satrajit's own safety (since the jewel would ruin an unworthy owner) but Satrajit runs away. Jealous of his younger brother, Prasanjit steals the jewel and leaves the family residence. Accompanied by vengeful Ramaiyaa and the mob, Satrajit barges into the royal palace and accuses the king of theft and murder. King Krishna vows to excommunicate himself until he is proven innocent and leaves the palace joined by Defense Minister Akrura and a several soldiers. A divine sage informs King Krishna that the Syamanataka jewel is currently in a cave facing south of Dwarka.

Inside a cave, Bear-King Jamvanta fights and kills the lion (who killed Prasanjit and acquired the jewel) and gifts his daughter Princess Jambavati with it. King Krishna enters Jamvanta's cave and fights with him for 28 days. After being defeated by King Krishna, Jamvanta betroths his daughter Princess Jambavati to King Krishna who are wed in the cave.

Story 8: Satrajit apologizes to the king for his behavior and surrenders the Syamantaka jewel to the royal treasury. Satrajit and his wife Savithri hold a Swayamvara for their daughter Satyabhama where a turn of events leads to King Krishna marrying Satyabhama, his third principal wife.

The next day, entire Dwarka celebrates King Krishna's birthday with great pomp and circumstance. In honor of the king's birthday, Defense Minister Akrura and Prince Balram recite the story of Krishna's birth to the people.

Story 9: Demon Narkasur, son of Goddess Earth, kidnaps a newly-wed bride to make her the 16,000th queen of his kingdom PragyaJyotishpur, however, she commits suicide after cursing the demon. Narkasur, with five-headed demon Moodhdutt, attacks the demigods in Swarg (paradise) where he defeats Indra and steals demigod-mother Aditi's earrings and demigod Varun's divine umbrella. Humiliated, demigods ask King Krishna for help against Narkasur (who can only be killed by a man who comes on the battlefield with his wife). A feminist at heart, Queen Satyabhama argues with King Krishna to take her to war.

The couple ride on eagle Garud, king of birds, towards PragyaJyotishpur. On their way to the city they face a five-element obstacle course--bollide-like boulders (that are smashed with sharp arrows), constantly rising mountains (that are broken through by a mace); tsunami-like waves (that are sucked in like a whirlpool by Sudarshan Disc weapon); powerful tornado (which is spun in the other direction by Sudarshan Disc weapon); shower of arrows (fought through by swords); and Moodhdutt's sister, fire-demoness Agnisura (who is defeated by Queen Satyabhama). To separate man from wife, Moodhdutt shapeshifts into eagle Garud and helps Demon Narkasur kidnap Queen Satyabhama. As King Krishna flies on eagle Garud towards Narkasur's lair, the demon leashes Moodhdutt's seven demon sons on the Lord who brutally kills all seven offspring. As Demon Narkasur on his elephant and King Krishna on eagle Garud finally engage in battle, Goddess Earth frees Queen Satyabhama (who is taken to the battlefield by eagle Garud) where she along with her husband, ultimately kills Narkasur.

Violated and dishonored for years, Narkasur's 15,999 female prisoners now try to commit suicide but are saved by King Krishna who decides to save their honor by marrying all of them.

Story 10: Queen Satyabhama is furious with King Krishna for giving Queen Jambavati a flower from the celestial Parijat tree and thus desires that King Krishna bring the entire tree down from Swarg (paradise) to Dwarka. King Krishna flies to Swarg and asks Demigod-king Indra for the tree. When Indra refuses King Krishna from borrowing the Parijat tree, the two engage in battle. As Indra is defeated and about to be killed by Sudarshan-disc (weapon), demigod-mother Aditi reminds King Krishna that He is Indra's younger brother (since centuries ago she was the mother of the Lord's Vamana incarnation). Demigod-king Indra asks for the Lord's forgiveness and allows the Parijat tree to be taken to Dwarka where Queen Satyabhama adores and worships it.

To rid the queen of her ego and greed, Lord Krishna devises a secret plan with Sage Narada. The sage instigates Queen Satyabhama against King Krishna suggesting that the Parijat tree has been planted in a specific direction to ensure that the flowers fall into Queen Jambavati's garden. He suggests that if Queen Satyabhama wants her husband to only love her, then she has to observe a special fast. As part of the ritual ceremony, Sage Narada asks Queen Satyabhama to donate her most beloved possession (King Krishna) to the presiding priest. Sage Narada accepts the donation and commands his new servant, Krishna, to follow him around. However, seeing the queen despair, Sage Narada agrees to return Krishna on one condition--if Queen Satyabhama donates something that is equivalent in weight to her husband's weight. When no material wealth weighs equal to King Krishna's weight, Queen Satyabhama realizes her mistake and upon Queen Jambavati's suggestion places a tulsi leaf on the opposite scale. Sage Narada accepts the leaf and returns Krishna back to Dwarka.

Story 11: King Krishna tells Queen Satyabhama about his dearest childhood friend, brahmin Sudama. Sudama lives with his wife Susheela and their four children in poverty in the city of Vrindapuri. Understanding the cycle of karma from previous births, Sudama quietly accepts his fate. Following the code of Brahminhood, Sudama only asks for donations from five households using that to feed his family. One day Sudama meets his old friend Chakradhar who has become wealthy by falsely praising the local king and receiving gifts. Chakradhar tries to help Sudama by asking him to also attend the king's court. Unable to bear the sight of her starving children, Susheela convinces Sudama to join Chakradhar. Unable to sing false praises of the king, Sudama accuses the king of his wrongdoings and is dragged out of the palace. Finally, Susheela convinces Sudama to go to Dwarka and ask his friend King Krishna for help. Sudama leaves his house with a small pouch of uncooked rice as a present for his friend. To help his devotee along the difficult path to Dwarka, King Krishna disguises himself as Murli Manohar, a common Dwarkan and journeys with Sudama towards Dwarka. Along the way, King Krishna telepathically contacts Sage Narada and devises a plan to feed Sudama and his family. Sage Narada disguises himself and informs Susheela that he has recently saw Sudama eating the food that Nobleman Saawle Shah was distributing in honor of his son's birth. On the other hand, he tells Sudama that Saawle Shah's servants have distributed food to Susheela and her four children as well. Finally, Murli Manohar and Sudama reach Dwarka and separate from each other. At the palace gates, royal guards make Sudama wait for a long time before the news of his arrival reaches King Krishna. Feeling insulted, Sudama walks away and reaches the marketplace where he is apprehended by the King who has been running bare feet behind his friend to meet him.

King Krishna welcomes Sudama in the palace where he is treated as a royal guest. Upon being asked if Susheela send any gifts for him, Sudama reluctantly offers King Krishna the small pouch of Poha (dried rice) that Susheela sent for the king. Reminiscing about their pastimes over dinner, King Krishna tells Queens Satyabhama and Jambavati stories of his childhood and how he became best friends with Sudama. Still unable to ask his friend for for help, Sudama leaves Dwarka empty-handed after a few days. As Sudama enters Vrindapuri, he encounters Susheela who is now adorned with precious jewelry and in royal attire. Susheela informs Sudama that in his absence demigod-architect Vishwakarma visited her and upon Lord Krishna's orders created a royal bungalow for them. Thus, thanking the Lord for his mercy Sudama and family live happily ever after.

Story 12: Queens Satyabhama and Jambavati are worried that King Krishna does not seem to pay attention to them anymore. Sage Narada apparates in Dwarka and informs the queens that maybe King Krishna is daydreaming about the Gopis of Gokul and Vrindavan. Suddenly, King Krishna's health declines and the only remedy is to inhale the dirt of a staunch Krishna devotee's feet. Minister Akrura is unable to find anyone in Dwarka who will be willing to provide the king with dirt from their feet since everyone feels it to be a abominable sin. Upon Sage Narada suggestion, Minister Akrura is sent to Vrindavan to obtain dirt from the feet of Gopis (considered to be Lord Krishna's eternal devotees). Upon request, Gopis quickly step on dirt and give it to Minister Akrura who returns to Dwarka and remedies the king's ailment. The queens thereafter understand that there could no higher devotee of King Krishna than the Gopis and accept their mistake.

Story 13: Prologue-- ''Goddess Earth seeks help from creator Brahma for the atrocious behavior of mankind towards nature and each other. Lord Brahma assuages the goddess's doubts by informing her that Lord Krishna is about to give the world the greatest gift of knowledge and teachings regarding every step of life through his involvement in the war of Mahabharata between two cousin clans, the Kauravas and the Pandavas.

Lady Kunti of Hastinapur sends her nephew King Krishna informing him of the return of her 5 Pandava sons and 100 Kaurava nephews from Gurukul (school). The lady expresses her concerns at the issue Hastinapur throne's next successor. The rightful successor is her eldest Pandava son, Prince Yudhisthir; the primary obstacle is her nephew Prince Duryodhan, the eldest Kaurava descendant who desperately wants to be the next king.

In Hastinapur, King of Gandhar and brother of Queen Gandhari, Lord Shakuni, informs his brother-in-law and steward-king Dhritrashtra of poisonous rumors that late King Pandu's eldest son Yudhisthir might try to claim his rightful seat as Hastinapur throne's successor and that Lady Kunti has invited her nephew King Krishna to Hastinapur. King Shakuni pressures steward-king Dhritrashtra into choosing eldest Kaurava descendant Duryodhan as the next successor by reminding him that Prince Yudhisthir is not really a true Pandava anyways since each Pandu son was a boon to Lady Kunti from a demigod (Yudhisthir from demigod Dharma, Bhima from demigod Vayu, and Arjuna from demigod-king Indra). The two remaining twins Nakul and Sahadeva were a boon from the Ashwini Gods to Pandu's second wife Madri. Kuru elder Devrat, now known as Bhishma, son of Ganga, urges steward-king Dhritrashtra to choose a successor that is worthy of the throne. The next day at the royal welcoming ceremony of the princes' return from school, Prince Yudhisthir is proclaimed the Crown-Prince of Hastinapur. Afraid of King Krishna, uncle Shakuni plots to assassinate Crown-Prince Yudhisthir by dropping a chandelier on him before the king of Dwarka reaches Hastinapur. However, Lord Krishna sends a small whirlwind around the surrounding areas of Hastinapur Palace which diverts Arjuna's attention towards the ceiling who then saves Yudhisthir's life. Soon King Krishna arrives in Hastinapur where he has Prince Yudhisthir crowned in His presence. Duryodhan invites King Krishna for dinner where the Lord hints at siding only with righteousness (the Pandavas' side).

Uncle Shakuni devises another plot to assassinate the Pandavas under the guise of sending the new Crown-Prince to Varnavrat (present-day Barnava) in order to make his presence known to the people. Uncle Shakuni orders architect Purochan to secretly create a Lakshagraha (flammable bungalow) made out of extremely flammable materials, due to used to house the Pandava family. King Dhritrashtra orders Crown-Prince Yudhisthir to leave immediately for Varnavrat's annual festival; Yudhisthir's brothers and mother join him as well. King Krishna telepathically informs Prime Minister Vidura of the plot and suggests that he give Pandavas the suggestion (via a riddle) to create a secret escape tunnel for the to escape away. Lord Krishna visits a team of expert diggers in their dream and commands them to go as Minister's Vidura's envoys and help the Pandavas dig an escape tunnel in seven days time. The next morning Prince Arjuna overhears guards receiving an urgent message from Prince Duryodhan to burn the Lakshagraha at the earliest. The same night Lord Krishna blesses Bhima with extreme strength to break through an unbreakable bouldered wall and continue the digging process. At nightfall, guards burn down the Lakshagraha as Pandavas escape with their mother via the tunnel. Back in Dwarka Lord Vasudev informs son Krishna that Pandavas have been murdered but King Krishna consoles his father that it is not the truth. In Hastinapur, Uncle Shakuni, Prince Duryodhan, and Prince Dushashan celebrate the news of their arch nemesis' death while everyone else is melancholy. As a result, elder Bhishma goes towards Ganges river to offer his last respects to the deceased (which could have nasty effects) but is stopped by King Krishna.


  • Vishal Karwal as King Krishna (incarnation of Lord Vishnu)
  • Hemant Chadha as Prince Balram (incarnation of serpent-king Sheshnaag)
  • Gauri Harmit Kaur as Revathi
  • Priya Bathija as Rukmini (incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi)
  • Shanti Priya as Lady Devki (Krishna's mother)
  • Puneet Issar as King Jarasandh of Magadh
  • Nikitin Dheer as King Kalyavan (cameo)
  • Karan Khanna as King Shishupal of Chedi (final demon incarnation of Jai, gatekeeper of Vaikunth)
  • Arun Singh as Sage Jwala
  • Gufi Paintal as Uncle Shakuni, King of Gandhar
  • Sachin Verma as Prince Yudhishthir
  • Amit Pachori as Prince Duryodhan
  • Thakur Anoop singh as Prince Dushasana

Principal Characters

Krishna's Family


  • Lord Vasudev (biological father)
  • Lady Devaki (biological mother)
  • Chief Nanda (mythology) Rai (father)
  • Yashoda (mother)


  • Prince Balram (half-brother)
  • Princess Subhadra (half-sister)



  • Demon-king Kans of Mathura (uncle)
  • Lady Shrutshrava of Chedi (aunt)
  • Prince Shishupal of Chedi (nephew)
  • Lady Kunti of Hastinapur (aunt)
  • Prince Yudhishthir
  • Prince Bhimsen
  • Prince Arjun (brother-in-law)
  • Prince Nakul
  • Prince Sahdev

Relatives through Marriage:

  • Bear-king Jamvanta (father-in-law)
  • Nobleman Satrajit (father-in-law)
  • Noblewoman Savithri (mother-in-law)

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