Krishna – Why is He black?

Q. I have a simple question and that is why is Krishna blue? I heard it is his natural color but I am curious.

A. Krishna’s complexion highlights the inconceivable nature of His form. A dark
complexion is generally not considered attractive, yet spiritually, when manifests in the Supreme Transcendental Person, the same bluish-black fresh rain cloud color becomes Shyamsundara, the epitome of all attractiveness.

The Bible states that God’s form is not like any form seen on land, in air or in water. Krishna’s form is unlike any thing seen anywhere in this world – black yet beautiful. Thus, the darkness of Krishna’s form is not a dushana (blemish), but a bhushana (ornament). The dark yet delectable form of Krishna reminds us that love lies beyond logic and that the heart probes deeper than the brawn and the brain.

Srila Prabhupada, the founder Acharya of ISKCON, who propagated Krishna-bhakti worldwide, expressed the profound philosophical truth of Krishna’s complexion and form in a disarmingly sweet exchange. When an African asked him somewhat facetiously, “Do you worship a black god?” Srila Prabhupada replied, with no malice and full poise, “Yes. Krishna is black – but not like you.”