The next morning in Gokul, the word spread that Nanda had a little boy and he was named Krishna. Now kansa knew that his would be slayer was still alive and was in Gokul, so he summoned a wicked demoness name Putana. He ordered Putana to go to Gokul and kill every baby born in the month of Shravan. Now Putana using her magic turned into a beautiful woman, she then applied poison on her breasts.
In Gokul she then searched for all
the babies of the right age. She would act as if she was playing with them
and then she would nurse them with her poisoned breasts. In this way, she
killed many babies. Finally she came to Nanda's house and found baby Krishna
there. She acted as if she was playing with the child, and then she picked
him up and started to feed him. Now baby Krishna being divine, instead
of succumbing to her evil ways, sucked the life out of her.
Krishna grew up a playful, mischievous
child. He grew up amongst the cowherds of Gokul and even came in contact
with his brother Balrama. Another miracle Krishna performed as a teenager
was the taming of Kaliya. Kaliya was a poisonous snake with many heads,
and inhabited a lake in Gokul. Kaliya would devour any cow that would drink
from the lake. Krishna, angered by this, took a vow to tame Kaliya. He
jumped into the lake and fought Kaliya. Alarmed by this, his friends ran
to the village and informed his parents. Upon returning to the lake they
found pools of blood on the surface of the lake. They though that surely
Krishna was dead. After a while, the many headed Kaliya rose to the surface
with Krishna dancing on top of him. Kaliya was tamed. Krishna then ordered
Kaliya to leave the lake and the inhabitants of Gokul alone.
The people of Gokul used to worship
Indra, the arrogant King of the devas, more out of fear than of love of
him. Krishna thought that this was wrong. He said that they should instead
worship the Mountain Govardhana (Gokul was on the foothills of this mountain)
who had given them so much. The people started to worship Govardhana, this
made Indra really angry. Indra, in order to punish them for their insolence,
sent storms their way. It rained for many days and Gokul was flooded. The
people of Gokul approached Krishna for help. Krishna lifted the entire
mountain Govardhana with his little finger and gave shelter to the people
of Gokul under it.
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