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The Story of Sri Krishna

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The Story of Sri Krishna

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Table of Contents

Before the Birth of Sri Krishna................................................. 4 Birth of Sri Krishna ................................................................ 11 Infant Krishna ....................................................................... 18 Sri Krishna in Gokul ............................................................... 31 Kamsa invites Sri Krishna to Mathura ................................... 40 Sri Krishna and Kamsa - The Final Fight................................. 49 Sri Krishna - An Ideal Character............................................. 53

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Before the Birth of Sri Krishna

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Bhagawan Vishnus Promise


Long ago, numerous demons roamed on earth. They were very violent and some were even kings. Mother Earth could not bear their atrocities and decided to go to Bhagawan Brahma-deva. She took the form of a cow and appeared before Brahma-deva. Mother Earth narrated her story, Oh Bhagawan! Please help! The demons are troubling everyone. They are even killing innocent people. Everyone is living a fearful life! She was crying piteously and was trembling with fear and rage. Brahma-deva felt very sorry to hear her story. Brahma-deva said, Oh dear Mother Earth, only Sri Narayana can help you in this. We should take refuge in him. Together they went to Bhagawan Shiva and then with other Devas they went to Kshirsagar, where Narayana dwelt on Adishesha with his consort Sri-Lakshmi. Everyone prayed with love and devotion to Narayana and narrated Mother Earths plea. With his sweet and soothing voice, Narayana told them that he is aware of the distress demons are causing on earth. Narayana promised that he would take birth on the Mother Earth in Yadu-vamsh as the son of Devaki and Vasudev. All the Devas would be born as Yadavas helping him. Listening to Bhagawan Vishnus promise, all Devas and Mother Earth were satisfied and returned happily to their places, praying Bhagawan Vishnus glory.

Narayana Bhagawan Vishnu Deva God Adishesha A serpent on which Narayana rests Kshirasagar A milky ocean in which Narayana resides Vamsh Clan or lineage Yadava People from the Yadu-vamsh

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Devakis Marriage
Bhagawan Vishnu had promised to be born to Vasudev and Devaki in Yaduvamsh. Yadu-vamsh had a long lineage and Srimad Bhagawat traces it back to King Pururava and Urvashi. King Yayati, born in Pururavas lineage was married to Devayani and Sharmishtha. King Yadu was son of Yayati and Devayani. King Satvat was born in Yadu lineage. He was known for his valor and good character. He had seven sons - Bhajaman, Bhuji, Divya, Devavrudh, Vrushni, Andhak and Mahabhoj. Vasudev was Vrushnis descendant and was born to Sur. He was the eldest son of Sur, who had nine other sons and five daughters. Vasudeva was known for his virtue of being truthful. Devaki was Andhakas descendant and was born to Devak. Ugrasen was Devakas brother, who ruled Mathura. Kamsa was Ugrasens eldest son yet by nature, he was a demon. Demon Kamsa loved cousin Devaki very much as he did not have a sister. Devakis Marriage with Vasudev took place in Mathura. Kamsa loved cousin Devaki so much that he gifted her four hundred elephants and one hundred chariots to the new couple. At the end of the marriage ceremony, the newly wedded couple was returning to Vasudevas home. He employed a huge army to escort the bride and bridegroom. He even decided to drive Devakis chariot himself as a gesture of affection. While the procession was passing through the streets of Mathura, suddenly there was a thunder and an Akaashwani could be heard. Addressing Kamsa, that voice said, Beware you fool! You love your sister very much and are driving her chariot; however you will die at the hands of her eighth son. Listening to the Akaashwani, Kamsa was startled. He lost his temper with fear. With immense anger and hatred, he dropped the reins of the chariot, and grabbed Devakis hair. He thought if he would kill Devaki right away then there would not be any son to her. He thundered and addressed to Devaki, I showered so much love and affection onto you, but you will be a mother of my killer! Hence Im going to kill you first and then I dont have to fear my death.

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The Story of Sri Krishna Vasudev was watching all this drama with surprise. He was afraid of Kamsa and tried to pacify Kamsa, How can you kill your sister, whom you love so much, on her wedding day! Please have mercy, take pity on her and save her life. But Kamsa did not have any effect. Quickly Vasudev came up with another plan to save Devaki. He said, Dear Kamsa, I understand that you are afraid of Devaki after hearing the voice. But you should only be afraid of her sons. I promise you to hand over every child to you as soon as it is born. After hearing the liberal proposal from Vasudev, Kamsa felt much relief. Vasudev was truthful man and Kamsa believed his word. He let Vasudev and Devaki return. Vasudev was very happy. He praised Kamsa and returned home with his bride Devaki.

Akaashwani Celestial Voice Akaash Sky Wani Voice or speech

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Kamsa Kills Devakis First Six Sons


In due course, Devaki gave birth to a son. Devaki and Vasudev named him Kirtiman, the famous one. However, their happiness was short lived. Vasudev had to keep the promise, so he took Kirtiman to Kamsa and handed him over. Vasudev said, Oh Kamsa, as I had promised I have brought my first child to you. Kamsa was pleased by Vasudevs truthfulness. He returned Kirtiman to Vasudev and told him, I am pleased that you brought this child. I know from the Akaashvani that the eighth child would kill me, Why worry about this first one then? Please take this child back and let Devaki be happy. Vasudev was happy and came back home with the child. However, Vasudev knew that wicked persons like Kamsa can change their mind as the wind changes its direction. One day Narad-Muni, while passing by Mathura, visited Kamsa. Narad Muni was disciple of Bhagawan Narayana and he could travel to any of the three lokas at will. Hence, Kamsa and Narad-muni talked about events in the different parts of the world. Narad-muni told Kamsa that all Devas are being born as inhabitants of Gokul, at the command of Bhagawan Vishnu. Kamsa became very concerned hearing the news from Narad-muni. Fear engulfed him again. He kept thinking of the Devas, Akashvani and his death through day and night. Devas were enemies of Demons like him. Hence, he wondered why would Devas would take birth as yadavas? He thought that all of the children of Devaki and Vasudev would become his enemies. He felt it was a mistake to let Devaki go and spare the life of their first child. After this thought, he imprisoned Devaki and Vasudev both. He chained them in a dark cell. He also killed their first child Kirtiman mercilessly. Kamsas fear of death grew and so his hatred for yadavas. He started harassing and killing yadavas. Since King Ugrasen; his father, was their leader, he imprisoned him too! Yadavas had to run away from Mathura and seek refuge in other kingdoms.

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The Story of Sri Krishna Every time Devaki had a child, Kamsa killed that child immediately. He killed first six of them in the same manner.

Loka A relative world Trilokas Three relative worls, namely Swarg (above earth), Prithvi (earth), and Paatal (below earth) Rishi - Sage Muni - Sage

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The Seventh Son


The seventh child was growing in Devakis womb. It was none other than Sheshnag or Adishesha himself! Sheshnag is one of the aspects of Sri Vishnu. Bhagawan Vishnu recognized that it is time for him to appear on earth now. So, he called in Yoga Maya. Yoga Maya is his supreme power. He asked her, Devi, Gokul is the land of cowherds. Vasudevas second wife Rohini lives there. Rohini is carrying a child in her womb and Devaki has my spiritual power Adishesha in her womb. Go at once, extract Adishesha from Devakis womb and place him inside Rohini. I will be born as eighth son to Devaki. You take birth as daughter of Nand and Yashoda. Yoga Maya went to Gokul. As per the instructions of Bhagawan Vishnu replaced Adishesha from Devakis womb, and placed him in Rohinis womb. Everyone one was sad to hear that Devaki had lost her seventh child due to miscarriage. When Kamsa heard this, he felt joy within. He thought that Devaki would not be able to give birth to eighth child. In Gokul, a son was born to Rohini on Shravan Purnima (Full moon day). The Dharma Guru and parents named him Balaram.

Sheshnag Adishesha, the serpent on which Narayana rests.

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Birth of Sri Krishna

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Sri Krishna Is Born in Prison


Devaki and Vasudeva were expecting their seventh child. Distress, sorrow and bleak hope haunted them. Kamsa had thought that after the miscarriage, Devaki might not be able to give birth to eighth child. However. His happiness was short lived, the news of Devakis eighth pregnancy again loomed fear around him. As declared by the Aakashvani or the Divine voice, Devakis eighth son was going to be the killer of King Kamsa. Constantly haunted by these words, Kamsa became more anxious with passing days. He called for his hefty guards and ordered them to alert the demons and tighten the security of the prison in which he had confined Devaki and Vasudeva. The guards obeyed their Kings command and set out to make the prison completely secure. Amidst all these preparations and anticipations, came the auspicious day of the birth of Devaki & Vasudevas eighth child. It was the month of Shravan and the eighth night of waning moon. Devaki and Vasudeva were sitting in the prison cell, with feet and arms fettered in chains. They were lost in deep worries. Their thoughts were suddenly shaken by a loud thunder and lightning sound. They looked up, when a dazzling beam of light came in through a window of their prison-room. A mesmerizing voice echoed, Devaki! I am Bhagawan Vishnu. I shall soon be born as your son. Addressing Vasudeva, it said, As soon as I am born, take me to Nand baba in Gokul. There, a daughter will be born to his wife. Bring that girl and put her in Devakis lap. Mesmerized by Bhagawans voice, Devaki and Vasudeva folded their hands in gratification. Just at midnight, Bhagawan Vishnu was born to Devaki in the form of Baby Krishna. The baby gleamed with sheer brilliance, and so did the surroundings. It was an extraordinary moment, with clear skies, shimmering stars, flowers blooming and the whole atmosphere bathed in utter calmness and joy. Devaki and Vasudeva intently looked at their divine child. Just then, a miracle happened. Looking at the newborn baby, they saw Bhagawan Vishnu appear in his real form. The baby was no more an ordinary child. The divine child had lotus eyes and four arms, each holding a conch, a discus, mace and lotus. Wearing a silken yellow cloth, www.dharmabee.org - A Project of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh 12

The Story of Sri Krishna his body glistened with a pair of stone studded earrings, shining girdle, armlets, bangles and other ornaments. Awe-struck Vasudeva understood that the child is none other than Narayana himself.

Shravan The fifth month in the Hindu calendar - This month usually falls during the month of August or September

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Vasudevas Travel to Nanda


Devaki and Vasudeva were gratified and pleased with the birth of their divine child. After seeing baby Krishna in his real form of Bhagawan Narayana, Vasudeva was assured that Kamsa could not harm the baby. But being a father, he still had an ingrained fear of Kamsa and his cruel intentions. As told by Bhagawan Vishnu, Vasudeva was prepared to take the baby to Nand baba in Gokul. Just when Devaki and Vasudeva got baffled with the thought of accomplishing this impossible task, they saw all the locks and massive doors of the dungeon cell open in front of them. All the heavily armed guards went into deep sleep and began snoring heavily. Bhagawan had cleared the way for Vasudeva. He gently placed his child in a bamboo basket and kept it on his head. Without any trouble, Vasudeva came out of the prison and reached the banks of river Yamuna. Suddenly the weather became dreary, dense dark clouds covered the sky, and within no time it started raining heavily. Vasudeva got worried for the baby getting wet in the heavy rains. Just then, Adisesha, the thousand-headed serpent and Maha Vishnus lounge abode, appeared there. He raised his hood like an umbrella over the baby and Vasudeva, protecting them from the heavy rains. While Vasudeva was pacing his way towards Gokul, the torrential rain began to flood the river. Soon the Yamuna water rose to a dangerous level. The water was surging high with strong currents. Vasudeva was getting terrified, yet he was determined to reach Gokul with baby Krishna. At one stage, the water wave surged so high that it reached baby Krishna. At the very instance when the wave touched Krishnas feet, Yamuna water receded down to its normal flow. Miraculously, Yamuna also parted its waters making way for Vasudeva. He walked along the open path to reach the other shore of the river and went straight to Nands house. Nands wife queen Yashoda had given birth to a girl child. However, the entire family was in deep sleep. Vasudeva exchanged baby Krishna with the newly born girl baby without anyones notice. He kept the girl in his basket and placed Baby Krishna in the lap of Yashoda as per the instructions he had received from Bhagawan Vishnu. He then hurried back to Mathura. Before the dawn-break,

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The Story of Sri Krishna Vasudeva was able to reach his prison cell in Mathura. Once inside, the prison gates closed and his shackles were in place again.

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The Divine Voice


Vasudeva safely returned back with the new born baby girl. Soon after he had settled down, the guards woke up from their deep sleep. At the very moment the baby began to weep. The guards got alerted on learning that Devaki has given birth to her eighth baby. The chief guard of the prison rushed to give this news to his king Kamsa. Kamsa, who had been anxiously waiting for the birth of this baby, got overwhelmed on hearing this. He at once pulled out his sword and rushed to the prison with wicked and dire intent to kill the baby. Devaki hand over this child to me, I shall not leave him alive, said Kamsa in a thundering voice. Devaki was trembling with fear as she held the baby close to her torso. She fell on his feet and pleaded, Please spare my child. She is only a girl and would be incapable of accomplishing the prophecy, which has frightened you. Do not kill her. Have mercy on at least this child of mine. Devaki began to cry piteously. But no words of beseeching could melt Kamsas wicked heart. He snatched the girl from Devakis hands, seized her tender legs and tried to dash her to a stone slab. But the girl, who was a form of Yoga Maya, slipped from his hands and rose upwards. It appeared in her real form of Goddess Durga, with eight arms, holding various armaments. Looking down on Kamsa, she said, O wicked Kamsa! I am a divine illusion. Your efforts to kill me are vain. The child destined to kill you has already taken birth and is safe at another place. Having said this, the Goddess disappeared. Kamsa was a devotee of Goddess Durga. Her very appearance in the form of Yoga-Maya baffled him. He was filled with feelings of remorse and indignation over his cruel deeds. Having given birth to Goddess Durga, Devaki was no more an ordinary women for Kamsa. He went back to the prison and freed Devaki and Vasudeva from the restrain of heavy shackles and prison locks. Filled with tears of penitence he fell on their feet, and said, O my dear sister! O brother! Alas, I am a veritable sinner. I am guilty of being cruel to you and of brutality slaying your babies. With deep self-indignation, I seek your pardon for my deeds. Forgive me! Abodes of benevolence, Devaki and Vasudeva accepted Kamsas plea for forgiveness

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The Story of Sri Krishna and freed their hearts from any ill-feelings for him. Having done so, they set on the way to their home.

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Infant Krishna

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Death of Rakshasi Putana


Yoga-maya had informed Kamsa that Sri Krishna was well and alive somewhere. To kill baby Krishna Kamsa decided to kill all infant children born during that period. He summoned to his presence one Asura woman named Putana. He told her his plans to commit such murders and she quickly agreed to help him. She embarked on a journey to roam through many cities, looking for children to seize. One day, she was flying above Gokul, the home of baby Krishna. She had never been there before and decided to descend upon it. Putana had the power to change herself to any form she wanted. She took the form of a beautiful woman and entered Nandas house. Yashoda, seeing Putana, thought she was so beautiful that she must have been Goddess Lakshmi herself in human form. Soon after arriving, Putana became likeable by everyone in Gokul. One day, she noticed that Krishna was lying in his cradle. She looked all around her, saw that no one was watching, picked him up, and put him in her lap. She had finally found her chance to kill the child, even though she knew he was the Bhagawan himself! She began to breastfeed him but she had smeared herself with poison. This was her way to kill the infant children and she wanted to kill Krishna in the same way. However, Krishna fulfilled her desire and accepted her activity as motherly. He sucked her life as she breastfeed Krishna. Putana cried in pain but infant Krishna continued sucking and killed her. After being killed, Putana regained her original form. The fearless child began to run around on her gigantic body. Yashoda, who had heard Putanas cries, reached the scene and quickly picked up Krishna and took him away. She performed the auspicious rituals to save little Krishna from future accidents. After the ritual and being fed, Krishna slept happily as if nothing had happened. Just then, Nanda returned from Mathura and was told the whole story. He was shocked to see the huge demoness lying dead. He called together a number of Gopas and they all carried the body to the outskirts of a city, where they cremated it on a pyre. The people offered their prayer to the Bhagawan for saving the child from great danger. However they did not know that the child was none other than Bhagawan Vishnu himself and had taken an avatar on earth to kill all evil demons. www.dharmabee.org - A Project of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh 19

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Asura Demon or evil natured Rakshasi Demoness Avatar Form or birth Sri Vishnu had taken. There are 10 avatars of Sri Vishnu. Gopa cow-herd men from Gokul

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Infant Sri Krishna Breaks the Chariot


Krishna was growing up fast. He was now three months old and trying to turn over on his belly and even crawl. Yashoda felt very happy when she saw Krishna lying on his stomach, smiling at her. She was about to take Him out of the house for the first time and wanted to have a celebration for it. Hence she invited all the women of Gokul. They all took Krishna and went to the banks of the Yamuna. In the midst of the sound of drums, music, and the chanting of Mantras, the child was given a ceremonial bath. Yashoda found her son too tired and sleepy after the bath, and it was very hot. There was a big cart containing milk, curd, and other food that was lying nearby. To shield Krishna from the heat, Yashoda put the babys cradle under the cart. Then she went back to serving all the guests at the celebration. Kamsa had sent Sakatasura to kill baby Krishna. Sakatasura took the form of the cart so that he wont be seen killing the baby. After some time, the child opened his eyes. He was hungry and cried for his milk. As Yashoda was busily engaged in receiving her guests, she did not hear Krishnas cry. Demon Sakatasura saw this as an opportunity and before anyone would come hearing the little baby cry, he started pressing the baby with the cart with the intention of crushing the little baby as per Kamsas orders. With just a push of his little foot, Sri Krishna kicked the cart. Surprisingly, the cart was broken, the wooden wheels were shattered, the axles were broken, and all the food spilled. Some of the little kids who saw what had happened ran to Yashoda, She and the other elders got scared, ran to the cart surprised, and frightened. However, the boys who had seen the actual crash said surely that the cart fell because of the babys kick. The elders did not believe this and thought that the cart had got upset and destroyed itself. Yashoda thought that a ghost might have possessed the child. She quickly called priests to recite chants to scare away the ghost. While all of this was happening, the baby Krishna wasnt affected by the crash at all. He was drinking the milk falling from the cart and smiling at everyone.

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Sakat Cart Sakatsura Asura in the form of a Sakat

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The Naming Ceremony


It was a beautiful and joyous day. Sage Garga, the family priest of the Yadavas, had arrived in Gokul on request of Vasudev. In Gokul, Nanda, the Chief of Gokul, received him with great love and respect. Nanda requested Sage Garga with folded hands, O great Muni, you are so learned and well versed with the Vedas. Please honor me by doing the naming ceremony of both my children. Sage Garga, even though he very much wanted to do the purification process and the naming ceremony of the children he replied thus, Dear Nanda, everybody knows that I am the priest of the Yadu dynasty. If I do the naming ceremony of your children, evil Kamsa will get suspicious and might come after the children to kill them. Nanda promised the sage that everything would be done very secretly without anybody knowing about it. The ceremony was thus kept very simple. Gargamuni, with great smile on his face, looked at the Son of Rohini and said, This child who lies so peacefully in his mothers arms will give all happiness to his relatives and friends and will charm everyone around by his qualities. Therefore, he will be known as Rama. Because of his extraordinary strength, he will also be known as Bala, hence Balaram. Also, since he brings two families, the Yadus and Nanda together, he will be called by the name Sankarshana. He then turned to the younger baby who was dark in complexion. His heart filled with love and respect because he knew that the child was none other than the Narayana incarnate. He told Nanda that because of his dark complexion, he was naming him Krishna. Since he was the son of Vasudev, muni Garga named him as Vaasudeva. Sage Garga then told Nanda and Yashoda that the beautiful cowherd child of theirs would bring lots of happiness and protection to the people on the earth. Everybody would thus flourish in his presence. Blessing both the children, Gargamuni took leave and departed for his home. Nanda and Yashodas heart filled with joy.

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Bala Strength or Power Sakatsura Asura in the form of a Sakat

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Childhood Pranks of Sri Krishna


As days passed by, both brothers, Balaram and Krishna, started growing up. They would crawl all over the house, making beautiful sound with their anklets. Soon, in no time, they were walking and running on their feet. Mother Yashoda would watch them lovingly. The whole village grew very fond of them. The gopis were mesmerized by their innocence. As days passed by, Krishna and Balaram won the hearts of the people at Gokul. As they grew bigger, they became naughtier by the day. Their childhood pranks had started. The Gopis started coming to Yashoda with their complaints. One Gopi complained, Today, in the morning when I went to milk the cow, I saw that Kanhaiya had untied the calf without me noticing and the calf drank all the milk before even I could milk it. When I turned back to see who did it, I saw Krishna standing in the corner with a mischievous smile. Other Gopi said with anger, Yashoda, your son is a thief. He steals my entire yoghurt. I tie the pot of yoghurt high up from the ceiling so that nobody can reach it. Somehow, very cleverly he breaks the pot with the stone, stands below it, and eats everything from it before it falls on the ground. He also distributes it to his other naughty friends. On hearing this, yet another Gopi who had a similar experience exclaimed, I had also tied the pot of butter up high from the ceiling. Kanhaiya secretly entered the house with his friends. They made a pyramid standing on top of each other. Kanhaiya climbed on to the top, took all the butter, distributed it to his friends, and ate the rest of it himself. Just then, I entered the house and when I questioned him and his friends about where the butter went, he made a very innocent face and with tears rolling from his eyes replied that he does not know anything about it. Maybe the cat that was wandering in the house must have jumped up high and taken it. Thus, the complaints from the Gopis were endless. Krishna stood in the corner of the room listening to all the Gopis talk with a mischievous smile on his face. Mother Yashoda, who was so fond of him, felt very much ashamed of her son

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The Story of Sri Krishna and looked back at him with anger. On meeting his mothers gaze, tears rolled down his eyes. His innocent, sad face washed away the mothers anger and the anger of other Gopis in the house. Everybody loved him dearly and nobody could bear to see him sad. Watching this Krishna was smiling again.

Gopi The cow-herd women from Gokul Kanhaiya Child Krishnas other name

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Fruit-Sellers Experience
One afternoon, Krishna was happily playing in his home. Just then, he heard at a distance, a fruit sellers voice. She was trying to sell her fruits. She called, Juicy fruits, buy juicy fruits. Little Krishnas mouth started watering at the thought of those nice juicy fruits. He looked around in the house to see what he could find in exchange. He grabbed a handful of grains from the house and ran towards the fruit seller. His tiny hands could hold only a little. In a hurry, he also dropped half of the grains on the floor. By the time he reached the fruit seller, he just had a few gains left. He offered those to the fruit seller and said. Could you please give me those mouthwatering fruits from your basket in exchange of this? After requesting, baby Krishna showed the grains that he had in his hand. The fruit seller was filled with love with the childs innocence. Even though she was very poor, she happily took the grains from Krishna and gave him as many fruits that his tiny hands could hold. With a smile and satisfaction on the face and basket on top of her head, she walked towards her home. Little did she know that there was a huge surprise waiting for her. As soon as she took the basket off the head and put it down on the floor, she could not believe her eyes at what she saw. All the little pieces of grain that Krishna had given her had turned into valuable pieces of jewels.

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Cosmic form in Krishna's Mouth


Naughty as he was, Krishna always found himself in some trouble or the other. Yet he found a way to amaze everyone around him with his wondrous feats. One day little Krishna was playing outside with Balaram and he felt the soft dirt in his hands. It smelt good and he wanted to see how it tasted like. Hence he took a handful and ate it. Balaram saw little Krishna eating dirt and told him to spit it out as eating dirt would make him fall sick, but little Krishna was not willing to spit out the wonderful tasting dirt. Balaram rushed home to tell mother Yashoda about the little mischief of Krishna. Yashoda came out running and asked little Krishna if he ate dirt and asked him to open his mouth. Little Krishna said that he had not eaten mud but refused to open his mouth. Yashoda scolded him and said that she would punish him if he didnt open his mouth. Little Krishna finally opened his mouth. However, Yashoda was surprised to see the image of an entire universe in his mouth. She saw the sun, the solar system and the planets. She saw the stars and milky way too. A strange soothing sound of OM coming out of Krishnas mouth totally enchanted her. This was the cosmic form of Krishna and mother Yashoda surrendered herself to the beauty of it all. She realized that her child was not an ordinary but a special child. Her joy had no bounds. However as one forgets a dream, she also forgot this incident after a while. She took Krishna with her and started playing again with him.

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Yashoda ties Sri Krishna to a Mortar


Yashoda, on one beautiful busy morning was sitting and churning curd while little Krishna was asleep. She would enjoy singing sweet, melodious songs in the love and praise of her lovely child Krishna. He was feeling hungry, so he got up and went to Yashoda, asking her for milk. Cuddling Krishna near her, Yashoda started feeding her son. But, she had forgotten about the pan of milk she had left on the fire a while ago. She suddenly remembered about it when she smelled something burning. She ran to the kitchen to remove the pot from the fire leaving Krishna half fed in between. Krishna was very angry that Yashoda had left him half fed. With a stone he found nearby, Krishna broke the pot of curd his mother was churning. Curd flowed out of the broken pot. Krishna gathered as much possible in his tiny little hands and went in another room to hide from Yashoda whom he knew would get very furious about his deed. Yashoda returned and saw all the mess of curd around the floor. She knew that it was Krishnas mischief. Following the little curd smeared footprints, she took a stick in her hand and slowly entered the room where Krishna was hiding from her. She found him sitting on a mortar and eating the curds. Yashoda tried to get hold of Krishna, but he ran away from her and out of the room. After eating the curd himself, Krishna was now feeding the monkeys with it. By now Yashoda was very angry. She ran out with the stick still in her hands. She decided that she would punish Krishna seriously, so that he would stop playing more mischief. She tried to run behind Krishna, but quickly became exhausted. Realizing that Yashoda was getting very tired and frustrated, Krishna let her catch him. Yashoda caught Krishna and held him against the mortar. She started to tie Krishna to the mortar using a piece of rope. But to her surprise, the rope was just a little short, so she went to get a longer rope. But this rope was still falling short! Yashoda was feeling very helpless. Looking at his mother so distressed, Krishna decided to give in. Miraculously, the rope was sufficient to tie Krishna to the mortar.

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Sri Krishna Breaks the Twin Trees


Yashoda had finally tied her son Krishna to a mortar. Angrily, Yashoda went inside the house and resumed her work. It was not Krishna's nature to sit quietly and he began getting bored very quickly. He started to move around and the mortar was dragging along behind him. Silently, little Krishna started dragging himself out of the house. He didnt want his friends to see him in such a tied shameful state. He started to drag himself away from home. He knew that Yashoda would find it hard to drag him all the way back. After dragging the mortar for some time, Krishna decided to rest. While resting, hesaw two big trees a little distance away. These trees were named Yaman and Arjun. Krishna decided to go in between those two huge trees, hoping that the rope would get torn apart. As he moved between the two trees, the two trees slowly cracked apart and fell down with a big noise. Two beautiful looking devas appeared from them. Actually, these two trees were sons of Kuber in their previous births. The sage Narada had cursed them and transformed them into trees. Since then, the trees had been waiting there for Krishna's arrival. Little Krishnas touch had fr eed them from the curse! Very greatful, the devas took Sri Krishnas blessings and vanished away. The terrible noise of the trees crashing caught Yashodas attention. She became worried about Krishna. She ran out to look for Krishna. But, he was not at the place where she had tied him! Scared, Yashoda frantically ran towards the fallen trees. There she saw her darling son in between the two huge trees slowly crawling out. Yashoda ran towards Krishna and freed him from the mortar. She gathered him in his arms and hugged him very dearly.

Kuber The treasurer of Devas

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Sri Krishna in Gokul

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Sri Krishna Swallows Forest Fire


One day Krishna and his friends were playing under a tree while their cattle grazed nearby. Soon they noticed that a forest fire had begun and it was spreading rapidly. They also noticed that all their cattle were gone! They searched for the cattle high and low but they couldn't seem to find them. Krishna took out his flute and played a tune to lull the animals towards him. The cattle were overjoyed to hear Krishnas music and started toward him but couldn't get far because the forest fire had spread and it was closing in on them. All the trees and bushes were consumed by the fire and some animals were also caught in its heat. Soon the fire spread towards the boys as well! The boys started shouting, Krishna! Save us! If you don't then we will all die! The all mighty Krishna calmed them down. He said My friends, close your eyes and all will be better again. They all closed their eyes tight and believed in Krishna to save them. Krishna used his powers and consumed all the flames. The flames went into his stomach but did not harm him at all! He asked his friends to open their eyes and when they did, there was no fire to be seen anywhere. The cattle came back to them and the boys kept praising Krishna the whole way home.

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Sri Krishna Dances on Serpent Kaliya


Kaliya was a poisonous serpent that inhabited the Yamuna River, also known as Kalindi River. He had multiple heads which would emit a strong poison. The poison emitted by Kaliya made the water of Yamuna poisonous. It constantly heated and boiled the water, emitting poisonous vapors. Even the birds flying above fell down dead inhaling the poisonous vapors. Droplets of poisonous water that were carried away by wind would also destroy all the living entities coming in contact with it. Kaliya had been driven away from Ramanaka Island in the sea by fear of Garuda. Garuda could not enter Vrindavan because it was cursed by a yogi dwelling at Vrindavan. Kaliya knew that Garuda would never come to Vrindavan to meet his death. Hence he chose Vrindavan as safest place for him to reside. Seeing the massacre caused by poisonous Kaliya, Krishna wanted to vanquish the serpent. One day while playing Krishna deliberately threw his ball into the river Yamuna, and then jumped into the river to get the ball back. The serpent was agitated by Krishnas jump into the water. It was furious to see a stranger in his proximity. He wrapped Krishna into his coils and tried to crush him. All of Krishnas friends called out loudly when they saw Krishna in Kaliyas coils. All the villagers with Yashoda & Nanda rushed to the bank of the river. They were all in distress to see dreadful scene. They were afraid of Krishna getting affected by the poison. Krishna took some time to find a good opportunity. He climbed up Kaliyas head and started dancing on his heads. Kaliya tried to get rid of Krishna by swinging his heads and body vigorously. However, Krishna was quick enough to balance. He moved from one head to another stepping rhythmically and elegantly that looked like a beautiful dance. Kaliya tried every move but in vain. He was bruised by the Krishna's dance. All the Devas showered flowers on Sri Krishna while he was dancing on the serpent Kaliya's head. Krishna trampled all 101 heads of Kaliya. Kaliya recognizing Krishnas greatness, surrendered for mercy. His wives all bowed down their heads and folded their hand in supplication. They begged for their husbands life. Krishna listened to their requests and spared Kaliyas life. However, he asked Kaliya to leave Yamuna

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Garuda An Hawk, Vehicle of Sri Vishnu Kaliya A poisonous nnake

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Sri Krishna Lifts Mount Govardhan


One day Sri Krishna saw that his father Nanda was having a meeting with the elder people of the Vrinadavan. All of them were discussing some ceremony with Yajna i.e. the sacrificial fire. Sri Krishna approached Nanda and asked about the topic of the discussion. As usual, King Nanda happily answered Sri Krishnas question. He said, Dear Son, we are getting ready for a big yearly celebration. You know that our wealth depends on the cattle. Our cattle depend on the grass. The grass depends on the rain. If the rains are good and timely, cattle feed nicely on the green grass on the mount Govardhan. The rain depends on the Indradev who is the master controller of the rains. Hence we offer our prayers and sacrifice through Yajna to Indradev in this yearly festival. Hearing this, Krishna thought for a moment and then said, Govardhan is the real cause of our prosperity. It helps in precipitating the rains, and then provides us the green grass to feed our cattle. Indradev is just doing his work of providing timely rains. Hence we should worship the Mount Govardhan and not Indradev. Hearing this argument all of the gathered people agreed to Krishna. Nanda decided that this years celebration would be in praise of Mount Govardhan. For the celebration, various food items were cooked. Holy men performed the sacrificial Yajna and everyone worshiped the mount Govardhan. After the Yajna, Krishna led everyone in doing pradakshina of the mount Govardhan. At the end of day, everyone was happy and all returned to original homes. However, in the devaloka, where Indradev resides, Indradev was fuming with anger. All the years he had been respected on this day and had been offered prayers and sacrificial Yajna. However, this year that had not happened and he took it as personal insult. He decided to take revenge on the people of Vrindavan, who on the advice of Sri Krishna had decided not to continue the tradition. He summoned the clouds, Pour torrential rain in the Vrindavan. Let there be water everywhere. Do not pity on the people of Vrindavan. Even if Sri Krishna requests do not stop until I order. The clouds brought lightning and lightming was followed by thunder. Torrential rain and hail started pouring everywhere. People, animals, cows, everyone got frightened. They rightly thought that it was because www.dharmabee.org - A Project of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh 35

The Story of Sri Krishna of Indradev who must have been upset for not getting the yearly sacrifice. They all came to Nanda and Sri Krishna to take refuge. Some even suggested redoing the festival and sacrificial Yajna to pacify Indradev. However, Sri Krishna, calm as usual, pacified everyone and led to the foothills of mount Govardhan. There he lifted the whole mountain easily and requested everyone to take refuge under the mountain. All the families took refuge with their belongings, cattle, and animals under the Govardhan, which was being used as a roof by Sri Krishna. The rain and storm continued for seven days. At last, Indradev realized his mistake and ordered the clouds to abandon the rain. Sri Krishna requested everyone to return his or her home and installed the whole mountain at its original place. Everyone was in awe at Sri Krishnas powers. The people of Vrindavan were full of joy and relief and understood that they were truly blessed to have Sri Krishna among them. In the end, Indradev, secretly came to meet Sri Krishna and accepted his mistake by touching Sri Krishnas feet. Sri Krishna advised him May you be happy and continue to rule the devaloka. Abandon your ego. Use your powers and authority in the proper manner according to Dharma. At the end of conversation, a magical cow from Devaloka appeared. She had special powers that could fulfill any wish of anyone. Hence her name was Kamadhenu. She said, It is our fortune that you were born in the cowherd family and are protecting all the cows. Brahma had asked me to perform a ceremonial bath with my own milk. Then Indradev himself ordered his chief Elephant Iravata to bring special water from Swargaloka and river Ganga. Indradev bathed Sri Krishna with that water and milk from Kamadhenu. He then said, I am the Indra, the Bhagawan of only Devas; but youre the protector of the whole world. In particular, you are also protector of cows. Henceforth you would be known as Govinda meaning Indra of cows.

Yajna a fire ritual Kama Wish Dhenu Cow Kamadhenu A magical cow which can fulfill every wish.

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Sri Krishna Liberated Vidyadhara


Once on a special festival day, all the people of Vrindavan went to Ambikavana. Ambikavana was on the banks of river Saraswati. It had a grand temple of Shiva and Parvati. Everyone took bath in the river Saraswati and then worshiped Shiva and Parvati. Nanda, being the head of the Vrindavan, fasted the whole day. As a method of worship, he also took rest on the bank of the river instead of a nice bed. While Nanda was sleeping there, a big python came and captured Nanda. Nanda woke up but could not get himself out of the grip of the Python, which had started swallowing him. Grasped with fear, Nanda started shouting Oh Krishna, Krishna look. Save me Before Krishna could arrive, the nearby Gopas tried to save Nanda by different ways. Alas, nothing worked. Soon Krishna also came and immediately he placed his leg on the pythons mouth to stop it from swallowing Nanda further. To everyones surprise, immediately the python turned into a handsome divine being. Everyone stood still but Krishna asked him, Who are you? Why were you in the form of a python? That divine being replied, Oh Krishna, I am one of the Vidyadharas, i.e. a being who has acquired knowledge. I used to dwleve in heaven like other Vidyadharas. However, I became arrogant due to my good looks. Once I was passing through my aerial car. I saw some Munis who were not so nice looking. I insulted them by laughing at their looks. Hence one of them, named Angira, cursed me that I would turn into a python and live on earth. I was given a way out when I was told that I would regain my form when Sri Krishna would touch me. Today is that redemption day. After this, that divine being returned to heaven. Everyone was in an awe of Krishna again.

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Krishna Dances with Gopis on a Full Moon Night


The gopis of Vrindavan were fascinated by little Krishna since his birth. They were amused by little Krishnas beauty and nature. Krishna had also a unique relationship with the Gopis. During his childhood he used to steal the butter and milk products of the Gopis and pretend that he did not do it. Gopis would complain lovingly to Krishna mother Yashoda how Krishna gave trouble to them. However Gopis had a deep unconditional love for Krishna. They knew that Krishna was not an ordinary child; however they did not expect anything worldly possessions from him. Gopis always had longing to spend time with little Krishna. Though Krishna was younger than most Gopis, Krishna in his childhood became like a dear friend of Gopis. Krishna was a very fluent flute player. His flute music would give heavenly pleasure not only to humans but also to cows and other animals. During a particular spring season, all the Gopis wanted to hear Krishna playing flute and hoped that they would be able to spend time with him, undisturbed from the daily chores of life. On one full moon evening in the spring season Krishna started playing his flute and the divine music captivated the whole Vrindavan. Cows and animals drifted to the shore of Yamuna river where Krishna was playing the music. All the Gopis, mesmerized by the music, were attracted to the place where Krishna was playing the music. Everyone among them, old and young, forgot their duties, their relatives and went to meet Krishna and listen to his music. Krishna teased them by saying that he did not understand why everyone had left home, possibly making the relatives angry. Upon hearing this, the Gopis started crying. With tears in their eyes, they all pleaded to Krishna and said, Dear Krishna, you know that since your birth we have been caring for you. We love you so much that we even forget our relatives when we see you, or when we hear your voice, or when we hear you play your flute. Whenever we think of you, we get immense fulfillment deep within the heart. We love you not because people say that you are divine. We love you but the love is not like the love we have for our children and husbands. We long that you accept our love.

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The Story of Sri Krishna Krishna decided that the time has come to fulfill the dreams of the Gopis. He created multiple Krishna beings. Each Gopi danced with one Krishna. All Gopis danced and played joyfully thinking that only she had the fortune to dance with Krishna. This feeling produced an ego in the minds of Gopis. Noticing this degeneration of their love, all forms of Krishna disappeared. Hence, all Gopis started searching for Krishna feverishly. With deep pain and longing for Krishna, with the realization of their mistake, all Gopis started singing praises of Krishna. Krishna reappeared wearing a favorite yellow dress, with a wild-flower garland around his neck. He had round ear-rings in his ears, and a peacock feather tucked in his hair. The Gopis performed a Raas Dance in a circle on the banks of Yamuna River. Between every two Gopis, there was one Krishna. The night went by in such divine dance. All the Gopis experienced the bliss through their devotion to Krishna that even sages do not experience through their penance. That was the power of devotion of Gopis.

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Kamsa Invites Sri Krishna to Mathura

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Muni Naradas Visit to Kamsa


Krishna had killed many demons. Yet, Kamsa was alive. Krishna had not yet gotten an opportunity to confront Kamsa. Narada decided that it was time to meet Kamsa and warn him about his destiny: that he will be killed by the eighth son of Vasudeva and Devaki. After meeting Kamsa and cordially chatting about various things, Narada told him, Oh King, the girl child who you thought of as the eight child of Vasudeva and Devaki was actually the daughter of Nanda and Yashoda. Krishna is alive and well in Vrindavan under the care of Nanda. Balaram is the elder brother of Krishna, son of Vasudeva and Rohini. Kamsa was furious to hear about this. He sent the demon Kesi to find and kill Sri Krishna and Balaram. Around the same time, he summoned his ministers as well as the famous wrestlers Mushtika and Chanura. He announced, I plan to perform a Yajna for Bhagawan Shiva in Mathura. I shall invite Krishna and Balaram to Mathura for a wrestling match against Chanura and Mushtika. Before the match, let us also station our mighty elephant Kuvalaiyapada at the gate of the wrestling arena to kill the boys before the wrestling match itself. In case the elephant does not succeed, I am confident that Chanura and Mushtika will be able to kill Krishna and Balaram. Though Kamsa showed confidence on the outside, he was actually experiencing some fear. He called on Yadava chief Akrura. Kamsa said, Akrura, please go to Vrindavan and bring Krishna, Balaram and Nanda along with other Gopas. When they arrive, our elephant will trample them. If that fails, wrestlers Mushtik and Chanur will kill them. Akrura then left for Vrindavan.

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Akrura meets Krishna


Kamsa decided to send Akrura on a treacherous mission. He asked Akrura to go to Vrindavan and invite Krishna and Balaram to come to Mathura so that he could easily kill both brothers. Although Akrura knew that he was being sent for a cruel purpose, he was very happy and anxious to meet Krishna and seek his blessings. Akrura considered this order of Kamsa as a blessing in disguise. He was aware that Krishna was God himself and no one on the earth could harm Krishna. Early in the morning he started in a chariot for Vrindavan. When he arrived at the house of Nanda, he saw Balram and Krishna standing at the milk yard. Balram was very fair like the moon and was wearing blue silk. Krishna was dark like a rain cloud; he was wearing golden yellow silk. Both Ram and Krishnas eyes were like lotus flowers, filled with immense compassion. Akrura was extremely happy and felt blessed to see both brothers. He ran towards the two boys and fell at their feet. Pleased with Akruras devotion, Krishna drew him close and embraced him. Both the brothers warmly welcomed him and treated him with love and care. Krishna asked Akrura about his relatives wellbeing in Mathura. Krishna said that he felt sorry that because of them their parents had to suffer so much. They had to witness the death of their children at the cruel hands of Kamsa and suffer imprisonment. Then Krishna asked Akrura about the purpose of his visit to Mathura. Akrura told Krishna about the atrocities and hatred of Kamsa towards Yadu. He also told that Kamsa had the intention to kill both Balram and Krishna. Akrura further explained that Kamsa had sent him as a messenger to Krishna and Ram so that he could invite them for Dhanur-Yajna, a festival of bow and arrow and wrestling matches. Akrura told Krishna that this was actually a pretext for Kamsa to invite Balaram and Krishna and later kill them.

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Sorrow of Gopis
The residents of Vrindavan were not pleased at the news about Krishna going to Mathura. This was especially the case with the Gopis. They surrounded the chariot carrying Akrura, Krishna and Balaram. Many of them lamented, Oh Krishna, how could you leave us and go? Kamsa has evil designs on you. Please dont go to Mathura. We cannot bear to live without you. It is better to die than to live in Vrindavan without you. In fact, even the cows of Vrindavan were crying that Krishna was to leave. Krishna however explained that he must fulfill his destiny in Mathura. He would always be with the Gopis in spirit. Yashoda and Rohini could also not say anything extra. The chariot proceeded towards Mathura.

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Akrura's Vision
Sri Krishna and Balaram, together with Akrura drove the chariot very fast. Soon they reached at the bank of river Yamuna. Balaram and Krishna bathed in their favorite river and drank its sweet water. They returned to the chariot which was stationed underneath the shade of big trees. Then Akrura went to bathe in the river after Krishnas permission. As prescribed in the scriptures, he repeated the Gayatri mantra when dipping himself under the water. While he was taking bath, a very strange thing happened. All of a sudden he saw both Balaram and Krishna standing in the water very close to him even though he had seated them in the chariot before coming for bath. Akrura was astonished! Confused, he quickly came out of the river. To his surprise, when he looked at the chariot, he found the two princes calmly seated in the chariot as well. Thinking that what he had just seen under the water was an illusion, he dived into the water again. Now he had another and a more wonderful vision; he saw the divine serpent Adisesha, with a thousand hoods. Sri Vishnu himself was sitting on the serpent. Deep blue in complexion, Sri Vishnu was wearing yellow silk. Akrura saw many sages led by Sananka and the seven munis adoring the god. Akura was overwhelmed with joy and devotion to see this sight. He realized the truth of what he had heard, i.e. Narayan and Adishesha had been born on the earth as the sons of Vasudev. He folded his hands and prayed to Mahavishnu. While he was praying, the vision gently disappeared. Akrura then emerged from the water and went back to the chariot in astonishment. Krishna smilingly asked Akrura about the surprised look he had on his face. Akrura replied humbly, You are the supreme God; I had a vision today which has opened my eyes. I have understood who you really are. Akrura then drove the chariot again. His joy had no bounds; after all he had seen God.

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Krishnas Entry in Mathura and Stories in Mathura


Krishna and Balaram reached Mathura on Kamsas invitation for the bow festival. They were curious to see the sights that the city offered. So the next morning they took the permission of Nanda and started walking through the roads of the city. News had spread that Balaram and Krishna had arrived in Mathura. The people had heard a lot about the divine powers of Krishna. Therefore, they all were anxious to get a glimpse of them. People gathered on the roadsides, on the roof of the houses and came on the street to see both brothers. They began to shower flowers upon Krishna and Balaram. While both brothers were walking along, they saw a washerman carrying a large bundle of clothes strapped to his back. Krishna called the man. He saw that the washerman was carrying some very fine clothes. Krishna asked him to give some clothes, so that they can wear. The washerman was a servant of Kamsa and was proud of his being a servant of such powerful and atrocious king. He was annoyed at Krishnas request and said scornfully to Krishna, Oh ill-mannered person, how dare you ask for the clothes which belong to my king? You poor boys, have you ever even seen such beautiful, costly and royal clothes? These are fit only for royal kings. You rustic boys, if you want to return safe to your town, stop asking for these royal garments otherwise you will get beaten to death. Krishna got angry at such abusive language of the washer man. He kicked the washer man with full force in order to teach him a lesson. The washer man was killed in one stroke. All his helpers threw down all the bundles of clothes they were carrying and ran in all directions. Krishna and Balaram opened the bundle of clothes, selected few of themselves and gave the rest to the Gopas. Then they moved on. On the way, they saw a tailor. The tailor was filled with devotion after seeing Krishna and Balaram. He came running to them with some decorative new clothes in beautiful colors and designs. He requested them to accept his humble gift. Krishna was touched by the humility and devotion of the tailor hence he accepted the gift of clothes from him. Later Krishna blessed him saying, You will

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Trivarka and the Hunched Back


Krishna and Balaram were walking along the roads of Mathura to get a glimpse of the city. As they were walking down the road in Mathura, Krishna saw a young hunchback woman with an attractive face, who carried a tray of fragrant ointments as she walked along. She was also carrying a vessel full of sandal paste. The aroma of sandal paste was so powerful that the entire road was filled with fragrance. The woman was young and beautiful but she had a hunch back. Krishna inquired her about her name and requested her to give him some of her sandal paste. The woman was charmed by Krishnas words. She told Krishna that she was a perfume maker and her name was Trivakra. King Kamsa had patronized her for her skill in making fragrances. He liked her fragrant pastes but she also said that she would give some to Krishna. For who could be more eligible than Krishna himself to use such precious things? Trivakra was overwhelmed by Krishnas beauty, charm, sweetness, smiles, words and glances; she gave both Krishna and Balaram generous amounts of paste. She then watched with joy as they smeared the paste over their chests, arms and palms. Anointed with the most excellent cosmetics, which adorned them with hues that contrasted with their complexions, the two Bhagawans appeared extremely beautiful. Krishna is always looking to bestow his grace on his devotees. Pleased by womans devotion towards him, Krishna resolved to cure the Trivakras hunched back. Hence, Krishna touched the woman; pressing her feet with his own, and holding her chin by his two fingers, he gave her face a jerk. Krishnas touch cured her hunhed back forever. Her bends were straightened, and she was transformed into a matchless beauty.

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Krishna Breaks the Bow


Kamsa had placed a big and heavy bow near the place where the DhanurYajna was to take place. It was guarded by many servants. After meeting with the Hunch Backed, Sri Krishna and Balaram went to the Dhaur-Yajna place. As Sri Krishna went near the bow, the servants tried to stop him. However, ignoring them, Sri Krishna walked straight to the bow and lifted it with his left hand. In a snap of a second, he strung the bow. The bow broke into into two halves and the crackling sounds was heard from miles away. Even Kamsa heard the sound of bow breaking from his palace. He shivered in fear. The guards surrounding the bow were mad at Sri Krishna. They feared Kamsa would become angry and punish them. Hence they tried to arrest Krishna so that they could bring him in front of Kamsa. However, Krishna and Balaram both took one piece of the broken bow and fought away from the guards. Both of them came out of the hall unharmed. They walked on the streets of Mathura freely. The citizens of Mathura now began to consider them as gods. The rumors grew that Sri Krishna and Balaram were the sons of the Vasudev and Devaki. As the evening arrived, Krishna and Balaram returned to the outskirts of the city where their father Nanda and others were camping. They washed their hands and feet, had dinner and went to sleep.

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Sri Krishna and Kamsa - The Final Fight

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Death of the Elephant Kuvalayapida


The next day dawn appeared. People of Mathura as well as Kamsa were anxiously waiting for this day. Krishna and Balaram had finished their morning chores when they heard the drums. Drums were being played at the wrestling arena where the wrestling competition was going on. They proceeded towards the wrestling arena. As planned by Kamsa, at the entrance gate, a big elephant named Kuvalayapida blocked the way. The mahout had deliberately placed the elephant in front of the entrance. Krishna requested the mahout to clear the way. However, as ordered by the Kamsa the Mahout did not oblige. Instead, the mahout provoked the elephant to attack Krishna. The elephant sought to capture Sri Krishna by its trunk. Krishna was alert and stepped aside giving a mighty blow on the Elephants forehead. This unexpected blow angered the Elephant. It again sought to capture Krishna however Sri Krishna stepped behind it and pulled the elephant with its tail. He dragged the mighty elephant a large distance. He did not let the elephant tail slip out of his hands even though the Elephant moved from one side to another. Finally, Sri Krishna let the tail go and again struck the Elephant on its forehead. The elephant charged at Sri Krishna and at the same time, Sri Krishna charged at him. He pulled out the elephants tusk and toppled it on the ground and beat the elephant to death. Balaram and Sri Krishna entered the arena with the tusks in hand. Everyone was holding their breath. waiting for the further moves of Sri Krishna. Kamsa and his wrestleres were nervous seeing the death of Kuvalayapida. However, the people of Mathura were thrilled and started chatting about the courage and strength of the boys. They said among themselves, Balaram and Krishna are indeed parts of Bhagawan Vishnu. Krishnas real father is Vasudeva and the time has come for the Aakashvani to come true.

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Death of the Wrestlers Chanur and Mushtik


As soon as Sri Krishna entered the arena for wrestling, a famous wrestler named Chanur came forward. He said in a loud frightening voice, Oh you are the Sri Krishna. I have heard a lot about you and your strength. I invite you to a wrestling match. Sri Krishna cunningly replied, We are mere boys compared to Wrestlers like you. A match between you and us is not a balanced match. We have wrestled only with our friends and not with the wrestlers like you. However if you and the King insists then we are ready to oblige. However shouldnt the wrestling match be arranged between comparable opponents? Chanur replied, Oh Krishna, dont pretend to be a boy. Just now, you and your brother Balaram have killed the big fearsome elephant. If you were not qualified for wrestling with us then who else would be. Show your strength against me while your Balaram wrestles with another wrestler Mushtik. Krishna and Balaram accepted the challenge and approached Chanur and Mushtik respectively. The wrestling match turned fierce as the time passed. All the four used various techniques and their strength to beat another. However, after some time, Krishna decided to end the duel by killing Chanur. With great strength, he threw Chanur to the ground. He struck him in the chest until the Chanur became almost unconscious. When Chanur resisted and tried to hurt Krishna, Krishna finally gave a mightly blow which took away Chanurs life force. The skilled wrestler Chanur lay dead on the ground. Balaram also made short work of Mushtik, killing him as well. The people gathered at the wrestling arena clapped in great ecstasy. There was no limit to their joy. All the friends of Krishna jumped into the arena. Krishna and Balaram accepted the clapping and joyous slogans from the crowd. They were now ready for their last and final target. Kamsa was in front of them!

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Death of Kamsa
Kamsa did not like the celebrations that followed the death of Chanur and Mustik. He was angry that all his powerful supporters had been killed. He therefore ordered that the drumming and the clapping be stopped. He ordered loudly to his guards, Go, and arrest Nanda. Kill him for his treachery and giving protection to to Sri Krishna and Balaram. Some of you capture Vasudeva and show him no mercy. Then catch my father Ugrasena. He always supported Devaki and Vasudev. Kill him! But first drive these two young boys out of Mathura. Make them pay for their actions. Krishna became angry and furious at the bad words Kamsa was using for the elders. He jumped on the dias on which Kamsa was sitting. Kamsa was prepared to fight and observing that Krishna was charging at him, he took his weapons in order to fight Sri Krishna. However, with lightning speed, Krishna knocked the crown from the head of Kamsa. He then grabbed Kamsas long hair in hand and dragged him in the wrestling arena from his seat. Even though Kamsa was a great warrior, he could not fight against Sri Krishna for long. He died without much resistance. Kamsa had eight younger brothers. Seeing Kamsa is killed, they attacked Sri Krishna in unison. However, Balaram was watching them and with the elephant tusk in the hand, he killed all of them one by one. The wives of Kamsa and wives of his brothers came to the scene and wept in grief. However, they were also aware of the demonic acts Kamsa. Still, Krishna consoled them all. Later he arranged for the last rites for the dead. After all, the dead were also Sri Krishnas relatives just following an evil path. Krishna and Balaram released Ugrasena, the father of Kamsa. Then they released their parents Vasudeva and Devaki. They bowed to all the elders and received their blessings. Later, Ugrasena was reinstated as a king of Mathura. Nanda and Yashoda spent some days filled with happiness at Mathura. Then, they returned to Vrindavan. With both sad and happy feelings, they left Sri Krishna and Balaram under the care of Devaki and Vasudeva; their real parents by birth. Sri Krishna and Balaram were ready to take on further challenges of life.

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Sri Krishnas Respect for Guru Sandipani


Vasudeva, father of Krishna and Balaram, arranged for their sacred thread ceremony. The thread ceremony signifies that the boy is considered to be ready for formal education. Garga, the Acharya of Yadavas (Krishnas dynasty), conducted the ceremony. They recited the Gayatri Mantra. Next, they went to Guru Sandipani and expressed their desire to study scriptures. Looking at their humble nature, Guru Sandipani happily accepted them as his disciples. Krishna and Balaram stayed with Guru Sandipani and learnt the Vedas, Upanishads and the science of divine weapons. With great power of concentration, they mastered all sixty-four sciences within a short span of time. After completing the education, Krishna and Balaram requested Guru Sandipani to accept Gurudakshina, the present by a student to his teacher. After slight hesitation Guru Sandipani said, I had only one son. One day while playing on the seashore, he drowned. Can you bring him back alive? Krishna and Balaram promised to Guru Sandipani what he had asked as the Gurudakshina. Without wasting the time, they mounted a chariot and set out towards the ocean. After reaching, they called out to Bhagawan of the ocean. Krishna said Oh Bhagawan of the ocean, restore my Guru Sandipanis son, which you have swallowed long back. We have promised our Guru and his wife to bring him back alive. Bhagawan of the ocean said, It is not I, but the Asura (Demon) named Panchajana took away the boy. Panchajana takes the form of big conch and swallows people. Hearing this Krishna dived deep into the sea, caught hold of Panchajana and killed him on the spot. He searched for the boy but could not find him. He then took the big conch which was lying there and came back to the surface of the water. From there, Krishna and Balaram went to Samyamani, the residence of Yamaraja (God of Death). Krishna blew on his conch shell, which later on came to be known as Panchajanya, the one that is derived from Panchajana. Hearing that

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Sri Krishnas Love for Friend Sudama


There was a Brahmin called Sudama. He had studied with Sri Krishna in Sandipani Ashram in Awantika Nagari. After his studies, Krishna became the King of Dwaraka but Sudama lived a simple life of Brahman. He was well versed in Vedas, but he was very poor. He lived with his wife Susheela and his children in a small hut. They had become so poor that Susheela was finding it difficult to feed her kids. One day, she hesitantly approached her husband and requested him to go meet his old friend Krishna, who was known for his kindness towards the needy and poor. Sudama did not want to approach his friend for money but felt very sorry for the condition of his family and finally agreed to meet Krishna. They did not have anything to offer Krishna. Susheela thought a little and then went out and collected little rice by begging. She then made flattened rice out of it and tied in a small piece of cloth. Sudama then walked all the way to Dwaraka. While walking, he thought about his old days in Ashram with Krishna. He was thinking how Krishna would meet him as he was a king now. As he reached Dwaraka, the grandeur and the beauty of the city amazed him. The whole city was sparkling with the jewels. He could feel the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi all over the place. He reached a palace, which looked more beautiful than others .He thought it as Krishnas palace and entered the palace. To his surprise, no one stopped him. He entered the hall and saw Krishna seated on a beautiful cot with Rukmini. When Krishna saw him, he came running and hugged Sudama warmly. Both friends had tears of joy in their eyes. Krishna made him sit on his own cot, washed his tired and dirty feet with scented water and Rukmini stood next to Sudama and fanned him. Everyone in the palace was astonished to see Krishna worshipping the skinny man who was wearing dirty and torn clothes. Both friends sat and talked for long time about their old days in Ashram. Krishna being the caretaker of the world, knew very well the reason and circumstances that made Sudama come to Him. He asked Sudama, Dear friend! What present did your wife send for me?

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The Story of Sri Krishna After being received with such love, affection and hospitality, Sudama felt very shy and hesitant to take out the little bundle of flattened rice. However, Krishna kept insisting. He told Sudama, Why do you feel shy? I accept anything offered to me with love, be it a single leaf or a flower. When Krishna opened the bundle, he exclaimed out of joy, These are my favorite! Krishna put a handful of flattened rice in his mouth. He filled the second handful and was about to put that in mouth when his wife Rukmini stopped him with a smile. The reason being, when Krishna had first handful of rice, he had blessed Sudama with all the wealth of the world. If he would have had the second handful, Krishna along with Rukmini had to go to his devotees house and serve him. To avoid this, Rukmini stopped Krishna. Sudama happily stayed there for a night. Next day when he got up, it was time for him to leave. He felt so overwhelmed by the Atithi Satkar of Krishna that he could not ask him for any help. He was very happy that he had the blessings to be with Krishna. He walked all the way to his house thinking what he would reply his wife who must be eagerly waiting for him. When he reached his hut, he was surprised by the sight. A huge mansion with beautiful gardens replaced the hut. He thought that he had reached a wrong place. He was about to leave, just then he saw his wife and kids coming out of the house in beautiful clothes. He immediately understood that Krishna already knew about his poor condition. There was no need to ask Him anything. Krishna had blessed his family with the wealth. Tears of joy came out of his eyes seeing his wife and kids so happy. Sudama being a simple man was not interested in this wealth. They knew that real happiness lied not in the wealth but in meditating about Krishna. Though Krishna had showered them with wealth, they lived a simple life, their thoughts full of Krishna. The moral of this story is that God doesnt differentiate between rich and poor. He always looks for pure devotion. Any offering, even though it is just a flower is acceptable by God. He takes care of all his devotees.

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Sri Krishnas Sisterly Love for Draupadi


Draupadi Bandages Krishnas Cut Draupadi was the daughter of Draupada, king of Panchala, and wife of the five Pandu princes. Sri Krishna considered Draupadi as his sister and friend. One day when Krishna cut his finger, Draupadi immediately tore off a piece of her sari and bandaged his cut. Krishna said that with this loving act, she wrapped him in debt and he would repay each thread when the time comes.

Krishna Protects Draupadis Modesty Once there was a great gambling match between Yudhisthira and Duryodhan at Hastinapura. Yudhisthira was the eldest among the five Pandava brothers and Duryodhanwas was the eldest among the hundred Kauravas. Yudhisthira lost everything he had - his kingdom, his brothers, himself, and even their wife Draupadi during the gambling match. As per the condition of the gambling, now Draupadi, became a servant of Kauravas. Duryodhana called her to come and sweep the room. Draupadi refused; and then Duhsasana (the other Kaurava brother) dragged her by the hair into the pavilion before all the chieftains, and tauntingly told her that she was a servant girl. He also abused her and tore off her dress, while Duryodhana kept insulting her. Feeling helpless, Draupadi prayed for Krishnas help. Krishna immediately came to the rescue and restored her garments as fast as they were torn. Thus Krishna repaid his thread debt when Draupadi needed the most. This is one of the stories of the origin of the Raksha Bandhan festival.

Krishna Protects Draupadi from Hungry Durvasa-muni As per the other condition of the gambling match, Pandavas along with Draupadi were to go into exile for twelve years, and then dwell quite incognito during another year. Once the period of thirteen years was successfully completed, they were at liberty to return. Once, while the Pandavas were in exile, Durvasa Muni, who was known for his quick anger, suddenly decided to drop in along with his many thousands of disciples. www.dharmabee.org - A Project of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh 58

The Story of Sri Krishna He would naturally want something to eat for himself and his followers. Pandavas had a bowl that gave unlimited amount of food. The bowl would provide food for that day only until Draupadi had finished eating. The day when Durvasa came, the Pandavas and Draupadi had just eaten. There was no more food left and the bowl would not provide any more food. Fearful of Durvasas anger, Draupadi prayed to Krishna. Krishna appeared and asked if she had anything to eat because he was hungry. Draupadi answered that she had nothing left. Krishna pointed out at the one grain of rice, which was sticking to the vessel and asked Draupadi to bring it. He ate that single grain of rice but that made Durvasa and his disciples fell full. When Durvasa and his disciples arrived after bathing in the nearby river they felt so full that they did not want anything to eat, and thus left peacefully.

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