Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Birth of Krishna

One of the stories that I find myself repeating very often to my four-year-old at sleep time, is that of the birth of Krishna. But unlike in my own childhood where I had only still images from Amar Chitra Katha to expand my imagination, my son has his animation CDs that help permanently embed the stories in his mind. So much that, if I make a small mistake in the narration, he corrects me immediately!

I like the Little Krishna CDs, by the way. The little Maakhan Chor looks so adorable!

The following story of Krishna's birth is taken from this site:

A divine message came to Vasudev soon after the birth of Lord Krishna, "Take this child across the Yamuna River to Gokul and exchange him with Yashoda’s daughter. You will return to the prison before anyone comes to know about the birth of this child." 
Vasudev immediately followed the advice. As he carried the child in his arms, he found that the prison doors opened automatically and the guards were put to sleep by God. Vasudev approached the Yamuna River, which was very turbulent due to fierce winds and rain. However, as soon as Vasudev reached the riverbank, the river parted and made way for Vasudev carrying the divine child. Vasudev reached the opposite bank of the river safely and found all the people of Gokul fast asleep. He entered the palace of king Nanda and queen Yashoda, and put the baby Krishna in the place of Yashoda’s baby girl. Then Vasudev returned to the prison with the baby girl. 

As soon as Vasudev laid the baby girl by Devaki’s side, the prison doors shut automatically. The guards were now awake and were startled by the cries of the baby girl. The guards ran to Kansa and announced the birth of the eighth child.

Kansa rushed to execute the child in the prison, remembering the divine warning that the eighth child would kill him. Devaki appealed, "O Kansa, this baby is a girl, and not the boy that the divine warning told you about. How can this child harm you?" However, Kansa ignored her, snatched the child from her lap, and hurled the child against the prison wall.

The child did not fall down; instead, she flew up and appeared in the sky as a Goddess with eight arms, each arm carrying a weapon. She said, "O evil king! You will gain nothing by killing me. The one who will destroy you is elsewhere." 
Then the Goddess disappeared.

Click here to read the complete story.


  1. Dear Jeena,

    Being a strong devotee of Lord Guruvayoorappan, I thoroughly enjoyed the post. Talking on those lines, there are lot of miracles reported within Guruvayoor Temple and around. One such incident was narrated in my blog post in December 2009 -

    May Lord Krishna bless you all.

    Best Regards,

  2. From a completely different viewpoint -- I have been impressed by Francis Yeats Brown's observation that, while the talk in the Bible of deserts and such are almost fantasy to modern people in the west, the stories of Krishna are very immediate to the people of (1930's) India. Looking at this video, it seems that there is still something RIGHT NOW about the story, which we in the West cannot duplicate. It is as if the modern world came along at just the right time to make that jump and let the "old stories" remain vital and relevant. It is a miracle of timing that we in the West have missed out on!