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KRISHNA-Birth OF Supreme



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It is said "Whenever the Satanic values come to prevail on the earth and the righteous values decline, the Supreme Being (the Godhead) embodies Himself forth as a human-being in order to uproot vice and to establish virtue so that the earth may get rid of sinners. History stands witness to this fact. The birth of Lord Krishna, thousands of years ago, can be cited as an example to prove this fact"


Mother Earth, at that time, was suffering from the tortures of demoniac powers that were at their hey-day. The pitch darkness of sin prevalent everywhere was devouring noble values mercilessly. When the mother Earth could not tolerate all this, she approached Lord Brahma, the Creator of the world. Lord Brahma escorted her to Lord Vishnu to ask for His help, Hearing the woeful tale of the Mother Earth, the Lord consoled her saying. "Don't worry, Goddess Earth! I myself shall come in the form of Krishna in order to rid you of the clutches of sinners." This was the background of the incarnation of Lord Krishna. The story begins when Kansa, son of Ugrasena, the old ruler of Mathura, was escorting her cousin Devaki and her husband Vasudeva to her in-laws lust after her marriage with Vasudeva. On tire way, Kansa was startled to hear a divine voice, which said, "O cruel king! The eighth son of this very cousin of yours will be your killer.
Having heard the divine words, Kansa felt worried and at the same time he flew into a rage. Though his love for his cousin, Devaki, was immense, yet he now considered her to be his murderer's birth-giver. So, he made up his mind to kill Devaki instantly. Having resolved to put Devaki to death, Kansa drew out his sword and thundered, "I will put an end to Devaki's life. Wherefrom, then, will my murderer be born? When the tree is not there, there can't be any fruit." Vasudeva was an old friend of Kansa. He requested the king with folded hands, "Friend! What are you up to? Devaki is your cousin. I think that you want the divine prophecy not to come true. So, I give a solemn word to hand over each and every baby to you as soon as it is born to us." Kansa agreed to what his friend had offered. He said, "All right! I will not kill Devaki but must keep you imprisoned here at Mathura. I won't let you go to your own place." Kansa returned to Mathura along with Devaki and Vasudeva. He took them prisoners near his palace. At the same time, he imprisoned his old father, King Ugrasena, so that he might seize the throne and declare himself king of Mathura. He was sure that his father, if allowed to continue as king, would not let him kill the babies born to Devaki the babies born to Devaki.
In due course of time, Devaki gave birth to her first son. Vasudeva sent the information of this birth to Kansa through the guards of the prison. Kansa sent for Vasudeva along with the baby. When Vasudeva came to Kansa with his son in his arms, Kansa was pleased with him as he had fulfilled his promise. So, he returned the baby to him and Vasudeva came back to the prison happy and satisfied. But after an hour or so, Kansa reached the prison in person. He was almost mad in rage. Ill-advised by someone, he had taken a firm decision to kill each baby born to her cousin Devaki. So, he snatched the baby from her and struck it on a stone with the result that it was killed there and then. In like manner, Kansa put five more sons of Devaki to death one by one. Out of Kansa's fear, Rohini, the second wife of Vasudeva left Mathura and began to live at Gokul. Now Devaki was again in the family way for her seventh issue. Miraculously, her pregnancy got transferred to Rohini and she gave birth to a son who was named Balram. In course of time, Devaki was to deliver her eighth son and she was extremely worried. Vasudeva consoled her saying that it was this baby who was destined to put an end to the excesses of sinful Kansa.
In due course of time, Devaki gave birth to her first son. Vasudeva sent the information of this birth to Kansa through the guards of the prison. Kansa sent for Vasudeva along with the baby. When Vasudeva came to Kansa with his son in his arms, Kansa was pleased with him as he had fulfilled his promise. So, he returned the baby to him and Vasudeva came back to the prison happy and satisfied. But after an hour or so, Kansa reached the prison in person. He was almost mad in rage. Ill-advised by someone, he had taken a firm decision to kill each baby born to her cousin Devaki. So, he snatched the baby from her and struck it on a stone with the result that it was killed there and then. In like manner, Kansa put five more sons of Devaki to death one by one. Out of Kansa's fear, Rohini, the second wife of Vasudeva left Mathura and began to live at Gokul. Now Devaki was again in the family way for her seventh issue. Miraculously, her pregnancy got transferred to Rohini and she gave birth to a son who was named Balram. In course of time, Devaki was to deliver her eighth son and she was extremely worried. Vasudeva consoled her saying that it was this baby who was destined to put an end to the excesses of sinful Kansa.
After a long wait, the month of August (Bhandon) approached and soon it was the eighth day of the waning moon. Devaki and Vasudeva, fettered in chains, were sitting in their prison-room lost in endless worry. Suddenly, clouds began to thunder and lightning flashed alarmingly. Through an open window of the prison entered a dazzling beam of light and a fascinating voice resounded, "Devaki! I am Vishnu. And I am going to be born to you shortly." Then the voice addressed Vasudeva, "Vasudeva! Take me to Nand Baba, Chief of Gokul, as soon as I am born. Just at the time of my birth, a daughter will be born to Nand Baba's wife. Bring the girl in lieu of me and put her into Devaki's lap." Hearing these words of lord Vishnu, Vasudeva and Devaki folded their hands and began to praise Him. Just at midnight was born Lord Krishna. The baby was extremely -handsome and lovely. It seemed as if it were smiling to see them: As soon as Vasudeva thought of carrying the baby to Nand Baba, who lived at Gokul, his fetters got loose and he was free. And when he got ready to go, the gates got opened and all the guards were lost in deep slumber snoring heavily. So, Vasudeva came out unnoticed and advanced on the path leading to Gokul.

When Vasudeva left Mathura and reached the bank of the Yamuna, it began to rain in torrents and Vasudeva felt worried for his son. But he did not know that Sheshnaga was following him with his hood spread wide over the baby with a view to protecting it from the downpour. Before long, the Yamuna was also flooded. But Vasudeva was determined to reach Gokul I with h is newborn baby. So, he went on proceeding forward making it a question of life and death. He went down the ferry and made for the other bank gradually. Piercing the strong current of the river, he pushed-forward without looking back. At one stage, the water of the Yamuna surged upwards with a vengeance but after touching the foot of Lord Krishna, which he had hung down out of the basket, it receded to its normal flow. Vasudeva felt encouraged and hastened towards the other bank. Getting to it, he soon reached Gokul and made for and made for Nand Baba's house taking help from whoever met him on the way. Nand Baba was an old friend of Vasudeva and he was highly amazed to see Vasudeva there with a baby in such a stormy weather.
Nand Baba said to Vasudeva, "You-and here at this time! How did you get out of the prison? I am highly pleased to see you here. What can I do for you, my friend?" Vasudeva replied, "Friend! The time-schedule is very tight. I have come over to you at the bidding of Lord Vishnu Himself. Here is my eighth baby--Krishna." Then handing the baby across to Nand Baba, Vasudeva again said, "You have got to protect safely this baby of mine as I want to save him from the wrath of merciless Kansa," Nand Baba replied assuringly, "Vasudeva! Don't worry at all. I will take care of your son even at the cost of my life." Then Nand Baba again said, "I have been blessed with a daughter right today. I request you to take away my daughter in lieu of your son and put her in Devaki's lap so that sinful Kansa doesn't have anything to doubt." Saying so, Nand Baba took Krishna inside and put him by the side of his wife, Yashoda. And picking up his own daughter from there, he brought it out and handed it over to Vasudeva who, along with the baby-girl, hastened back to Mathura. When he reached inside the prison, his fetters were again on as before.

The gates also got closed and the guards woke up to be alert on their duty. Not only this, even the girl-baby began to weep as if she were born just then. The chief guard of the prison ran to king Kansa and informed him of the birth of Devaki's eighth issue. As soon as Kansa heard the news, he was beside himself with joy and spoke: "After all Devaki has delivered her eighth baby. I will go to the prison and put it to death in no time." Kansa reached the prison-room before long and thundered, "Devaki! Hand over this baby to me; I won't let it remain alive. "But friend! She is a girl; what will you gain by killing it?" remarked Vasudeva. "Shut up! Give it to me even if it is a girl." Saying these words, Kansa snatched the infant girl from Devaki's hands and tried to strike it on a stone. But the girl slipped out o~ his hand and flew upwards. While going up, she said, "O sinful Kansa! I am a divine illusion. Your would-be killer has been born and he is the eighth son of Devaki." As soon as Kansa heard these words, awe-mixed disappointment overwhelmed his face.

As for Gokul, the news of a son born to Nand Baba spread across in the whole of the village. People began to flock to-congratulate Nand Baba and his wife Yashoda. Whoever came near the baby could not help gazing at his face fixedly. The ladies spoke several felicitating sayings to see infant Krishna. Young dames were really lost seeing the baby. The loveliness of infant Krishna, in fact, cast a Spell on whoever chanced to see him. One of the ladies said, "Friends! Yashoda's lovely son has such a charm that I feel like remaining by his side all the time." Another said, "How lovely Nand Baba's son is! His charm is really fascinating." "It seems as if Lord Vishnu Himself has come in the shape of Yashoda's son," remarked a third woman. As for Nand Baba, he was busy celebrating the birth of his son. He gave cows, corn, clothes and ornaments in charity to the Brahmans, musicians and singers. Even small boys and girls came to have a glimpse of infant Krishna. Each of them brought some toy in the form of a present for the newborn. Some very innocent children went to the extent of saying, "Little one! Grow up soon, we will take you with us for play.

Krishna's childhood in vrindavan - Krishna kills pootna



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As mentioned in the last post, sri Krishna was safely taken to Gokul to yashodha and the child that vasudev brought back turned into a devi, who in turn iformed kansa that his destroyer had taken birth already in his kindom........




Kansa was extremely worried because of the birth of Devaki's eighth son. In order to get rid of the baby, Kansa sent for a demoness named Pootna and ordered her, "Pootna! Kill all the babies born in Mathura and Gokul during the month of August(Bhandon). My killer is one of these babies but I do not know which one is that. If you kill all of them, who will be there to kill me?" Pootna transformed herself into a beautiful dame and began to roam in Mathura with a view to locating the newborn babies in August. She used to apply poison on her breasts and suckled each baby to death. Having killed all the babies in Mathura she went to Gokul.



There also she killed good many babies and then she came to know of the baby born to Yashoda, Nand Baba's wife. So, she went to Yashoda's house and started talking with her lovingly. Using tact and oily words, Pootna took Yashoda into confidence and lifted infant Krishna info her arms. She said, "How lovely a baby! Isn't it? How old is he? When was he born?" A lady present there said, "He is Nand Baba's son and is named Krishna. He was born on the eighth night of the waning moon during the month of August. As soon as Pootna heard the name of the month, her eyes sparkled with hope. But concealing his evil design, she said, "May I fondle him for a while?". Seeing Pootna s affection towards Krishna, Yashoda could not help agreeing to what she had asked for. So, Pootna took Krishna into her lap and began to fondle him. Giving Yashoda a slip, she slunk away to a lonely corner and began to suckle him from her breasts smeared with poison. Little did she know that instead of being successful in killing Krishna, she would be killed by him. Young Krishna began to suck Pootna's breast.



He sucked it with such a force that Pootna felt as if she were going to die. She screamed in acute pain and instantly fell down dead. Finding Pootna absent with Krishna for long, Yashoda felt worried and came out to look for her son. A number of other dames also joined her in this search. Soon they all reached the spot where Pootna was lying lifeless and Krishna lay smiling by her side. Yashoda gave out a loud cry out of fear as she had already heard of the Pootna's wicked way of killing the infants. Advancing forward, she weaned her son away with a jerk. Soon they come to understand that Pootna had died. The news of Pootna's death spread like wild fire in the whole of Gokul and people flocked to see her lying dead. They began to praise Krishna again and again. As for Kansa, he was shocked to hear of Pootna s death at Krishna's hands.

Mischivious Krishna and freeing Nalkuber and Manigreeva from their curse



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Krishna was very mischivous , when he was young, but this nature of Krishna was devine and beautiful. Krishna was very active and frolicsome by nature. Every minute a new mischief occurred to him. Indeed it was because o~ this mischievous nature that his childhood was so charming and fascinating. But Yashoda was always anxious regarding her son for the following two reasons. One reason was that he could hurt himself while making naughty movements carelessly and the second reason was that he could get to a distant place while playing and Kansa's men could easily catch him and whisk him away to Mathura. Whenever Yashoda tried to advise Krishna, he, very cleverly, involved her in his innocent talk and the mother could not help hugging h9r out of filial love. As soon as Yashoda turned her attention to some household job, he used to slink away giving her a slip. The helpless mother would again call out, "Kanhaiya! 'Kanhaiya!" and come to the doorstep to look for him. She felt satisfied only when some dame of the neighborhood would bring him to her catching him by the arm.

When anyone came to Yashoda with a complaint against her son saying, "Look Yashoda! Your son has broken my pots full of butter and spilt the whole of it on the ground," Krishna tried to slip away from the scene as soon as possible.Now Krishna had grown up a little more and consequently his mischiefs had also enlarged their proportions. He would steal into any house along with his friends, break the pots full of butter and curd with a rod and eat up all of if. One day a milkmaid saw Krishna and his friends stealing butter etc. from her house. She ran to Yashoda and complained to her saying, "Can't you advise your son z Come with me and see how he ho broken my pots full of butter and yogurt and spilt everything in the soil." Yashoda retorted helplessly, "Whet should I do, sister z I am really fed up with his pranks.


I have advised him hard many a time but he cares a fig for it. Now it is for you only to preserve your things carefully." The milkmaid went away and alerted all the other milkmaids as well. Each of them tried her best to protect her milk and milk-products from Krishna and his mates but all to no purpose. To tease the milk-maids by laying hands on their milk and butter had become Krishna's second nature indeed.


Performance of Indra-Yajana had been a practice in Vraj right since ancient times. These yajanas were performed to thank Lord India for timely rains. Gokul was also preparing for this yajana. So, Yashoda sent all her maids to make preparations for the afore-said Yajana and she sat down churning curd. Krishna was enjoying a sound sleep at that time. Suddenly he woke up and insisted on a suckle. Yashoda leaving her job of churning began to suckle her son. She had kept some milk on the fireplace for boiling. All of a sudden, the milk boiled and began to spill out of the Kettle. Seeing this, Yashoda ran towards the fireplace leaving Krishna where she was suckling him. Krishna was still hungry and wanted to suck milk for some time more. So, he got furious and struck the pot of curd with a piece of stone. As a result, the pot was broken and the entire yogurt was spilt on the ground. Still not satisfied, Krishna got to the cabin where butter was stored. Getting onto a big mortar, he brought down a pot full of butter and began to disburse 5t among his mates and some monkeys that were frisking about there.


When Yashoda came back after removing the boiling milk from over the fire, she found her churning pot broken but she could find Krishna nowhere. Suddenly she discovered Krishna's footprints and followed them with a stick in her hand. Reaching the cabin, she found her son feeding his mates and monkeys with butter.Seeing his mother with a stick in her hand, Krishna got down from the mortar and rushed outside followed by his mother. But when he got tired at last, he stopped and began to weep bitterly. The mother could not stand the sight of her weeping son and threw away her stick. She caught Krishna by the hand and said, "Sonny you have become extremely naughty now. I must punish you today." Saying so, Yashoda brought Krishna near the mortar on which he was standing some time before. She started tying him to the mortar but the rope fell short. Now Yashoda tried a longer rope but it fell short too.


She tried several ropes, each longer than the previous one, but all of them failed to do the job. At last Yashoda joined all the ropes through knots in order to tie her son to the mortar. Strangely enough, such a long rope fell short too. Not knowing what to do, Yashoda sat down weeping and said, "Krishna! Why should you bother me to that extent? I won't speak to you at all. " Finding his mother helpless and troubled at heart, Krishna began to smile and tied himself to the mortar with his own hands. Feellng satisfied, Yashoda set about doing some household job. Krishna sat down on his knees and caused the mortar to tumble down so that it could roll when drawn. Now he began to crawl on his knees towards the twin trees standing in front of the house.The twin trees were, in fact, the two sons of Kubera--the god of wealth. Their names were Nal Kuber and Manigreeva. It was because of a curse that they had been turned to trees. The story goes that once these two brothers, after taking wine, were having their bath in the company of their wives. All of a sudden, Saint Narda happened to come there. Seeing him, both the ladies put on their clothes and got aside. But both the brothers, intoxicated as they were, kept standing naked before the saint. The saint could not tolerate their impertinence and uttered a curse on them," Go and stand as trees in Gokul for ever."


Hearing the curse, the wives of both the brothers got worried and they beseeched the saint to excuse their husband s. the saint replied, "They will be rid of this curse when Lord Vishnu appears in Gokul as Krishna." Since the curse was uttered these trees had been standing in front of Nand Baba's house. So, to keep up the word given by Saint Narda to the wives of the two brothers, Krishna dragged the mortar crawling in between the trees. The mortar got stuck up between them and when Krishna exerted force, the trees got uprooted and fell down. As soon as the trees fell down, they changed into their real forms as sons of Kubera. With folded hands, they began to praise Krishna and after seeking his permission, they returned to their place.Nand Baba and Yashoda came out running. They untied their son Krishna and fondled him time and again whereupon Krishna began to smile.






Krishna blesses the mango seller



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shree Krishna loves his devotees, if u ofer him anything with love and devotion, he gives u much more than what u gave and this can be seen in this part of Katha. How shree krishna blesses the mango seller and shows her his devine form.



One day a fruit-selling lady passed hawking before Nand Baba's house. Krishna heard her voice and went to her with a handful of rice for buying fruit. A child as he was, all the rice got scattered on the ground through his fingers. The fruit-seller was fascinated by Krishna's innocence and gave him a lot o~ fruit. She went away without taking anything in exchange for the fruit. When the fruit-seller reached home, she was highly astonished to see her basket filled with valuable jewels. Almost every day, some such miracle occurred in Gokul and, as a result, the people of the village felt amazed as well as frightened. They apprehended some calamity as a climax of these miracles. But when someone asked Krishna about them, he simply laughed the matter away. The falling of the trees in the absence of any storm pushed the entire village of Gokul into the jaws of untold fear. They believed this happening to be the handiwork of demons. So they held a meeting and decided to leave Gokul and settle at Vrindavan.Consequently the people of Gokul packed their belongings and putting them on bullock-carts proceeded to Vrindavan. Women, old men and children were made to sit on the carts while men armed with sticks, swords, bows and arrows walked surrounding the carts on all sides. On one cart were sitting Rohini, Yashoda, Balram and Krishna. Having reached Vrindavan, people of Gokul settled there. The cowboys used to take their cattle to the pastures for grazing. As Krishna had grown up a little more, he also insisted on going with the cowboys in order to graze the cows. But Nand Baba was not' ready to allow him to do so for fear of some untoward happening. But Krishna did not give up his demand. He stuck to it and forced Nand Baba to permit him to accompany the cowboys with little calves. His joy knew no bounds to have got the permission indeed. The cowboys were extremely happy to know that Krishna would be accompanying them in order to graze his little calves. They felicitated him on having got the permission.

Krishna kills the demon vatsasur, vyomasur, agasur and free's river yamuna from kala nag.

  


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In this katha sree krishna kill vatsasur, vyomasur,agasur and Free's yamuna from kalanag who poisoned the river, thus removing the poison from yamuna and making it pavitra.
We learnt in the previous narration that falling of the twin trees had sent a current of fear throughout Gokul and people apprehended some fearful calamity. They were sure that the demons would not let them live at peace there. So, they left Gokul and settled at Vrindavan. At Vrindavan, Krishna had sought permission of Nand Baba to accompany the cowboys in order to graze his calves. At Mathura, Kansa was not able to sleep in peace out of Krishna's fear after Trinavart's death.
His death looked sure and imminent. So, he sent for another demon to have Krishna killed. This demon could transform himself into any creature. The demon came to Vrindavan in the form of a calf and mingled with Krishna's calves. But Krishna was able to spot the new calf before long. His keen insight guided him on to reality and he alerted his brother Balram against this demon--Vatsasur. Before Vatsasur could do anything, Sri Krishna got near him slowly, caught him by the hind legs and lifting him threw him upwards. After striking against a nearby tree, Vatsasur fell down on the ground with a thud and was killed. The cowboys were so pleased at Krishna's exploit that they began to dance merrily. Vatsasur's murder by Krishna gave a serious shock to Kansa and his death seemed staring him in the face. So, he sent for Pootna's brother and incited him to avenge his sister's death by killing Krishna. Pootna's brother transformed himself into a huge crane and flew to Vrindavan. He was looking for an opportunity to attack Krishna and make short work of him in order to avenge his sister's murder. After a cool thinking, he came to the pool where the cowboys of Vrindavan brought the cattle for a drink. As usual, the cowboys came to the pool with their cattle. But they were highly amazed as well as frightened to see the huge crane. Some of them ran to Krishna and told him about the crane. Krishna at once ran to the pool and saw the crane that had an unusual size. He followed that it was some demon in reality. So, he advanced towards Vatsasur who lifted him in his beak. Krishna made his body so hot that it began to emit flames and so Vatsasur had to open his beak causing Krishna to fall on the ground. Now he began to attack Krishna with his strong pointed beak. But Krishna was more than a match for him was. He caught his beak in his hands and tore it apart. Vatsasur gave nut a loud painful scream and dropped lifeless on the ground.









Hearing of Vastasura's murder, Kansa felt the ground slipping from under his feet. Lost in deep worry, he began to exert even harder for his safety. He contacted Vyomasur, son of Maidanav, the chief of the demons and entrusted to him the task of killing Krishna. Vyomasur assured Kansa of his success and made for Vrindavan. Reaching there, he took stock of the situation carefully. Then he chalked out a plan and transforming himself into a cowboy, joined the company of Krishna's mates. After winning their confidence, he suggested a game to be played. In this game, most of the cowboys were to act as sheep and a few as their guards. As for Vyomasur, he was to act as a thief to steal the sheep away. So, he began to take away the sheep-cowboys and shut them in a cave. Not only this, he carried away some guard-cowboys as well. Thus he was able to shut up most of the cowboys in the cave. When only four or five cowboys were left behind, Krishna became doubtful and he followed the demon stealthily. Seeing him shutting a cowboy in a cave, Krishna saw through his trick and fell upon him. Vyomasur came to his real form and a fierce combat began. Krishna gave him such a terrible blow that he fell down lifeless. Then Krishna set all the cowboys free and they all returned to the pasture.











Hearing of Vastasura's murder, Kansa felt the ground slipping from under his feet. Lost in deep worry, he began to exert even harder for his safety. He contacted Vyomasur, son of Maidanav, the chief of the demons and entrusted to him the task of killing Krishna. Vyomasur assured Kansa of his success and made for Vrindavan. Reaching there, he took stock of the situation carefully. Then he chalked out a plan and transforming himself into a cowboy, joined the company of Krishna's mates. After winning their confidence, he suggested a game to be played. In this game, most of the cowboys were to act as sheep and a few as their guards. As for Vyomasur, he was to act as a thief to steal the sheep away. So, he began to take away the sheep-cowboys and shut them in a cave. Not only this, he carried away some guard-cowboys as well. Thus he was able to shut up most of the cowboys in the cave. When only four or five cowboys were left behind, Krishna became doubtful and he followed the demon stealthily. Seeing him shutting a cowboy in a cave, Krishna saw through his trick and fell upon him. Vyomasur came to his real form and a fierce combat began. Krishna gave him such a terrible blow that he fell down lifeless. Then Krishna set all the cowboys free and they all returned to the pasture.Kansa was now fully alive to the prowess of Krishna but the foolish fellow was not ready to give up his evil ways. He, now, approached Vyomasur's younger brother for help. This demon transformed himself into a huge python and lay on the path along which Krishna and his mates drove their cattle to the pasture. The cowboys, ignorant of the python, kept driving their cattle and were soon inside the wide-open mouth of the huge reptile. They had, in fact, taken it for a crack in a hill. Moreover, they were now fearless, as they were confident of Krishna's indomitable strength. Krishna was coming at the rear. When he saw the wide-open mouth of the python, he called out, "friends! Stop short and turn back. You are advancing into But the cowboys did not hear his call and went on moving the mouth of a python further. So, Krishna ran fast and got into the python's mouth. He began to enlarge his size so that the python might not close its mouth and devour all of them. Krishna enlarged himself so much that the python failed to shut his mouth. On the other hand, he found it difficult to breathe. Thus the python Agasur was choked to death and all the cowboys came out safe and sound along with their cattle.


 

River Yamuna had a deep pit in it close to its bank where it flowed by Vrindavan. There lived an extremely poisonous cobra along with its family in this pit. This cobra had a hundred and one hoods and the poison that it spat had poisoned that part of the Yamuna. One day the cowboys brought th eir cattle to the Yamuna near that pit. As soon as the cattle drank the water, most of them lay dead then and there. Not only this, some cowboys also met with the same fate. So, Krishna decided to kill the cobra in order to check the water of Yamuna from being poisoned any more. One day, Krishna went near that pit to play with his mates. While playing, he threw the ball into the pit purposely and then to get it,he jumped into the river. Kaliya, as the cobra was popularly called, got furious and hissing violently, it gripped Krishna in its curl and caused him to swoon. The cowboys raised a hue and cry and the entire village of Vrindavan assembled at the shore. Now Krishna began to enlarge his body's girth and the bones of Kaliya's body began to break. Feeling done up, he left Krishna free. Krishna now began to dance on the hoods of the cobra. At the same time, he began to play on his flute. Kaliya's hoods got bruised and he begged to be pardoned. His wives too implored Krishna to pardon their husband. Krishna agreed and the cobra moved to some other place leaving that pit for ever.

Keshi vadh Krishna leaves Vrindavan and retuns to Mathura Kansa vadh

   

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Kansa was Frustrated since all the demons that he sent were killed by Krishna , Kansa's last worrior keshi , Kansa send him to kill Krishna but Krishna kills Keshi too. Keshi death leaves Kansa broken and he gets furious and sends to bring Krishna and Balram to mathura where he plotted to kill them. When Krishna was leaving for Mathura, the gopis wept, they could not bare to be seprated from Krishna , Krishna never returned to Vrindavan again, he stayed in Mathura and then In Dwarka After He Killed Kansa , the Gopis Cried and Cried all of them , without Krishna vrindavan was a place without a soul, Gopis cried so much that there mind purified, all the dirth was washed away by tears and Gopis started seeing Krishna in each and everything and attained Moksha( Salvation,Self-realization). This was what Krishna wanted , tha is why he left so that the gopis can become one with krishna eternally, Moksha is the true destination for everyone in this world.



 






Now Kansa was trembling with fear at the very thought of Krishna. Every demon sent by him had been killed at Krishna's hands and he was now convinced that his end was quite near too. So, Kansa now deputed Keshi, his strongest demon, to put an end to Krishna's life. This demon used to roam in the form of a dark black horse, very dreadful to look at, so much so that even gods feared to see eye to eye with him. Keshi came to Vrindavan at Kansa s bidding in the form stated above. He started running through the streets of the village neighing furiously. People were so afraid that they shut their doors and the scared cattle broke loose to run for safety. As soon as Krishna heard of this horse, he lost no time to follow that he was a demon sent by his maternal uncle, Kansa. So, with a view to chastising him, he challenged Keshi who was in the lookout for an opportunity for an encounter with Krishna. Seeing Krishna in front, Keshi fell upon him in full fury. Opening his mouth wide, he tried to bite Krishna who pushed his arm into his mouth and broke all his teeth. Then he enlarged the length and girth of his arm to such an extent that Keshi's throat got choked and his belly got inflated. Finally it burst causing the demon to fall down dead on the ground.




 





Keshi's death broke the back of Kansa. He could not think of any warrior who could undertake the task of putting Krishna to death. So, he decided to take recourse to treachery in order to achieve his objective of killing his nephew Krishna. Akrur, chief of the charity department of Kansa, was a very saintly person. Kansa asked him to go to Vrindavan and bring Nand Baba's family and other respectable milkmen to participate in the Bow-yajna. A godly person as he was, Akrur gladly agreed to go to Vrindavan. He had a keen desire to see Krishna, the incarnate of Lord Vishnu Himself. So, riding a chariot, he proceeded to Vrindavan. Reaching the outskirts of Vrindavan, Akrur caught sight of Krishna's footprints and his heart began to overbubble with devotion for Krishna. Stopping the chariot there, he got down and seeing Krishna's footprints with tearful eyes, paid obeisance to them. He felt proud of being lucky enough to have a chance to do this religious act. Akrur, then, reached Nand Baba's house and delivered Kansa's message to him. Nand Baba entertained him duly. Akrur disclosed everything about Kansa's treacherous plot to kill Krishna.










As mentioned on the foregoing page, Nand Baba and Krishna had become aware of Kansa's plot. So, Nand Baba did not want to take Krishna and Balram to Mathura with him. But Krishna did not want to lose this opportunity of killing sinful Kansa to rid the Mother Earth of his burden. Krishna himself proclaimed the invitation of king Kansa throughout the village. So, all the milkmen got ready with their carts to visit Mathura. On the day fixed for the Bow-yajna, the milkmen loaded their carts with butter, curd and milk to be presented to the king and departed to Mathura. Krishna and Balram were sitting on Akrur's chariot and the procession of carts, led by Nand Baba, got on its way to Mathura. Just at that time, the gopis came running and surrounded Akrur's chariot. They would not allow him to take Krishna into the fold of such a great danger wherein his very life was at stake. Moreover, they feared that Krishna might not come back to Vrindavan. Akrur tried his level best to advise the gopis but they were not ready to hear anything. They were struck with separation from their darling-Krishna-and caught the wheels of the chariot. At last, Krishna himself sermonised and consoled them. They returned to Vrindavan with heavy hearts and the procession advanced on its way to Mathura.
As we know that Kansa invited Krishna and Balram through Akrur to participate in the Bow-yajna after he had lost all the demons in his service and other warriors one by one at Krishna's hands. He wanted to kill Krishna through a trick. Akrur proceeded to Mathura after seating Krishna and Balram in his chariot. Reaching the bank of the Yamuna Akrur stopped the chariot. Seeking the consent of both the brothers, he went to have his bath in the river. When Akrur dipped in the river-water, he saw Krishna and Balram inside the water. But when he drew his head out of the water, he found both the brothers sitting in the chariot. He felt highly amazed indeed. Now Akrur had a second dip and saw Lord Vishnu relaxing on the body of Sheshnaga. He found a close semblance in the faces of Krishna and Vishnu. Akrur felt flattered to have a glimpse of Lord Vishnu in the river-water. Having had his bath, he said his prayers and returned to the chariot. Time and again, he was looking at Krishna with eyes full of devotion. He was thanking his stars to be lucky enough to act as the charioteer of Krishna (Lord Vishnu Himself).










Nand Baba and the other milkmen had reached Mathura much earlier than Akrur and both the brothers because Akrur had stopped with his chariot for a bath in the Yamuna. Nand Baba had set up his camp in a garden outside the town. When Akrur reached there, Krishna and Balram got down while Akrur advanced further. He informed the king of the arrival of Nand Baba's group and then made for his home. Krishna and B8lrama had their meals and rested for some time in the garden. Then they sought Nand Baba's permission and went sight-seeing round the town of Mathura along with their team of cowboys. Roaming about, they came across the royal washer man who was going to deliver the wash in the palace. Krishna said to the washer man by way of joke, "Wassermann! Give us some of these clothes to wear." The Wassermann was very proud of his being in the royal service. So, he snubbed Krishna and Balrama using disgraceful and abusive words for them. Krishna could not tolerate the insult and decided to teach him a lesson. Krishna advanced towards the Wassermann and gave such a hard blow with the side of his palm on his neck that he fell down dead on the spot. Seeing this, the other washerwomen took to their heels.All the clothes of the royal Wassermann and those of others who had run away, were lying near the dead body of the washerman. So, Krishna and Balram opened the bundles of clothes and all of them put on multi-colored beautiful dresses. Having done this and leaving the rest of the clothes as they were, the team of cowboys advanced further. Evidently, the clothes did not fit on them properly. They had been attracted by their colors only. The cowboys were pointing out to each other about the clothes, they had worn. One said to the other: "Your clothes are very loose!" While the other said, "This shirt is very tight for you." So, they decided to put off the clothes and throw them away. A tailor, sitting near by, was seeing all this. The tailor, when he saw Krishna and Balram, was struck with their handsome personalities. Going up to them, he said, "Pray I mend these clothes for you z" Then without waiting for the answer, he set about mending the clothes and in a short time he did the job. Now the clothes looked very nice on each cowboy. Krishna was very pleased with the tailor and conferred on him the boon of becoming a noble godly person. So, he felt very pleased and praised Krishna a lot.
Krishna made up his mind to go to the site of the Bow-yajna. So, they Enquirer about this site from the people and soon advanced in that direction. Reaching the site of the yajna, Krishna and Balram looked at the bow that was very heavy--so much so that even Kansa could lift it with difficulty after worshipping it daily. He had put brave soldiers to guard the bow. Krishna and Balram, despite the presence of the soldiers, went near the bow. Krishna at once lifted it and pulled its string with such a force that it broke into two with a loud twang. Seeing this, the soldiers fell upon both the brothers who beat them with the pieces of the bow. So they went running to their master Kansa and told him about what had happened. Kansa got furious and he dispatched a regiment of armed soldiers to deal with Krishna and Balram who eliminated the entire regiment in no time. Now Krishna and Balram returned to Nand Baba's camp and related to him the entire incident. Then having had their bath, they took their meals and went t~ sleep. Kansa was cut to the quick over the lot of his regiment.










Next day, Kansa invited Krishna and Balram to see the bouts among his wrestlers. Before their arrival, Kansa got his most dangerous tusker-Kublayapeed intoxicated with wine and ported it on the gate of the wrestling arena along with its mahout. This was done with a plan to incite the intoxicated elephant to attack Krishna and Balram as soon as they reached the gate of the arena. Evidently, the beast was supposed to trample both the brothers to death under its feet. So, as soon as both the brothers turned up before the arena gate, the mahout incited the mad elephant and it fell upon them in fury. It curled its trunk round Krishna's body and tried to lift him up but all in vein. Krishna and Balram broke both its tusks and the beast screamed in pain and feeling very weak trumpeted aloud. Taking full advantage of this opportunity, Krishna caught hold of its trunk and flung it on the ground. Then both the brothers beat it to depth with its own tusks. Now it was the turn of the mahout. He too was given a sound beating so much so that he succumbed to the thrashing. The people standing around took to their heels out of immense fear.Sinful Kansa had pinned great hopes on his tusker- Kublayapeed, but they had been dashed to the ground by Krishna and Balram. So, he asked his famous wrestlers to challenge both the brothers for bouts. These wrestlers were named Mushtik and Chanur. Having done away with Kublayapeed and its mahout, Krishna and Balrama went inside to see the wrestling bouts. Chanur and Mushtik challenged them for bouts. How could they afford not to accept the challenge after all? So, they took off their clothes, entered the arena and the bouts began. Both the wrestlers were using deceptive moves to checkmate the brothers but all to no purpose. Kansa's wrestlers did not aim at free and fair wrestling, but their objective was to kill both the brothers who were well on their guard. They rendered each unfair move on the part of the wrestlers useless. When Chanur got awfully tired, Krishna lifted him on his hands well above his head and flung him onto the ground with such a force that he was killed instantly. Chanur's death did away with Mushtik's courage and Balram soon killed him. Some other wrestlers- Kout, Shala, Toshal etc.--also met with the same fate.Having seen his strongest wrestlers being killed before his very eyes, Kansa began to tremble out of Krishna's fear. At the same time, he flew into a rage and ordered all the playing drums and bugles to be silent. Then he bucked up his soldiers saying, "What are you seeing now? Catch hold of these two rascals and do away with them!" Not only this, Kansa asked his soldiers to put Vasudeva and Ugrasena to death as well and to seize all the carts of the milkmen that had come with Nand Baba and then put them to the sword too. How could Krishna brook such words for Nand Baba and his dear mates? He flew into a violent rage and challenged Kansa and jumped on to the dais where he was sitting. Kansa trembled all over in fright and tried to run away. But Krishna at once held him by the hair and flung him on the ground with a jerk. Then Krishna sat on his chest and began to rain blows on his sides. Kansa cried for-help saying, "Save me! Save me!" When nobody came for his help, he implored Krishna to be spared. He looked his death dancing before him. Krishna then strangled him to death. Seeing their brother being killed, all the eight brothers of Kansa fell upon Krishna and Balram who did away with all of them too one by one.










Having killed sinful Kansa, Krishna and Balram made for the prison-room where Devaki and Vasudeva were imprisoned. The guards were struck with fear to see them and opened the gates of the prison-room at once. Both the brothers went inside and untied the fetters of Vasudeva and Devaki. The parents kept gazing at their sons with tearful eyes out of filial affection. How handsome, captivating and well -built they indeed were! Devaki and Vasudeva hugged them closely out of love. Then Krishna and Balram escorted them to the site o~ yajna where a large crowd of people had assembled to raise slogans in Krishna's admiration, "Glory be to Krishna! Glory be to Balram!" Praising the courage and bravery o both the brothers, the crowd greeted them and their parents with profound respect and devotion. Not only this, they raised slogans condemning sinful Kansa as well. Krishna pacified the crowd raising his hands and asked for their opinion regarding the enthronement of some one on Kansa's throne. It was decided that the old king Ugrasena-(Kansa's father) should be enthrone as the rightful King of Mathura. Respecting the opinion of the people, Krishna decided to set Ugrasena free. So, he and his brother Balram went to the prison-room where the old king was behind the bars and untied his chains. Ugrasena was given a bath and dressed in a stately robe. Then escorting him to the court, Krishna and Balram seated him on the throne and placed his usurped crown on his head. At once people started raising slogans of glory to Ugrasena and Krishna and of condemnation to Kansa. King Ugrasena embraced Krishna and Balram and showered blessings on them. Seeing this, all the courtiers too began to admire both the brothers for what they had done. A large number of noble persons had fled Mathura because of Kansa's excesses. They had settled at other places. Now that Kansa had disappeared from the scene, these people returned to their respective homes in Mathura. King Ugrasena began to rule as before taking due care of his people and observing all religious norms essential for an ideal king. As a result, people became fearless, prosperous and happy again. So, they began to fulfill their duties towards the state gladly.

                                                                               




















Krishna goes to Brahmacharya ashram

  
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As you soe, so shall you reep , this life that we live is a gaint karma, every soul must go through the sins or good karma , Krma yog is fire that every soul burns and the he can reach the supreme(Krishna) , if you do good karma then the result is good and if you do sinful karma then the result is bad. Kansa's sinfull karma led him to his death. A person must endure the good aor bad result of his karma without any feelings of sorrow , ego, anger, exitement, one must not complain for the fruits he gets of his karma and take them as blessings of the lord, if he does this then he can attain eternal bliss(moksha).


in this chapter of Katha we shall see how after ending Kansa, shree krishna gives the kingdom back to his Grandfather Ugrasen, and Krishna's life in Ashram and his friendship with Sudhama.


Krishna had displayed his childhood-miracles at Gokul and Vrindavan. There he had eliminated a number of demons, unjust persons and sinners. Then, invited by Kansa, Krishna came to Mathura and did away with him along with his treacherous supporters. Next, he freed his parents and his grandfather, King Ugrasen and also enthroned him to wear his lost crown. Now Krishna bade farewell to Nand Baba and other milkmen of Vrindavan after giving them valuable gifts and showering due honors on them. Vasudeva, now, chalked out a program to make his sons step into Brahmacharya ashram duly according to the religious rites. A yajna was held and sacred thread ceremony of both the brothers was observed. Rohini had been called to Mathura to participate in all these religious rites. With clean-shaven heads, vermilion marks on their foreheads, mekhalas and lion-cloths on their waists and plasha rods in their hands, both the brothers looked very impressive indeed. Vasudeva, Devaki and Rohini were beside themselves with joy to see their sons through the ceremonies. They were overbubbling with filial affection indeed, through the ceremonies.

The sacred-thread ceremony having been over, Vasudeva decided to send his sons to some gurukula for education. After a thorough thinking, they were sent to Saint Sandipani's ashram located at Ujjain. Both the brothers threw themselves heart and soul into studies. They served their teacher with implicit devotion and he, in turn, was very happy with them. There were a number of other students too at the gurukula. One of them was Sudama, son of a poor Brahman. Krishna was very close to him. In course of time, they became bosom friends. One day the wife of Saint Sandipani asked Krishna to go to the forest and fetch dry wood for the havana. Krishna, accompanied by his close friend Sudama, went to the forest to collect and bring dry wood. As soon as they were ready to leave the forest with wood, a violent hazy storm, blew. It went on for a long time and both the friends lost their way. They roamed hither and thither along with the faggot of wood. The sun set and darkness prevailed all around. So, they were forced to pass the night under a tree. Next morning, the saint came to look for them. Seeing them with the wood, he felt very pleased at their obedience and showered blessings on them.
Krishna and Balram, being divine beings, were themselves a stare-house of knowledge. Their going to the gurukula aimed at establishing ideals for others and at highlighting the honour of the teacher in the society. In a short period of sixty-four days, they mastered the Vedas, Upvedas, other religious books and all the sorts. Saint Sandipani was amazed at the grasping power of both the brothers. But, his inner vision guided him on to understand that Krishna was an incarnate of Lord Vishnu. So, he viewed Krishna with great devotion in his heart of hearts. Having finished their schooling, Krishna and Balram took leave of Saint Sandipani and offered to pay guru-dakshina. After consultations with his wife, the saint said, "I want my son, who was drowned in the river while bathing some time back, to be alive." So, Krishna went to the Death-god and asked him to bring the saint's son to life and send him back to the earth to live with his parents. The saint was so pleased to have his son back. Then Krishna and Balram took leave of their schoolmates and returned to Mathura