Devaki and Vasudevar, blaming their fate , faced life in Mathura’s dark prison. Kamsan’s security guards kept a constant vigil over this fate blown couple. When the first baby was born to Devaki , immediately, the guards informed the tyrant king, Kamsan. Wtihout delay, Kamsan came and snatched the baby from his sister Devaki’s hand. Devaki and Vasudevar pleaded , not to kill the baby. But all their plea went into deaf ears. Much to the anguish of the couple , Kamsan killed the baby in front of their eyes. Devaki’s sorrow knew no bounds. Vasudevar watched all this helpless .
Not only their first baby , all six children born to them met with the same end. The couple was extremely sad. Vasudevar and Devaki helplessly blamed themselves for all the sorrow happenings. When it was time for their seventh child , Lord Vishnu decided to intervene. He asked Yogamaya ,the Godess to transfer the embryo of ‘ SeshNag ‘ ( seventh child) from Devaki’s womb to Rohini’s womb. Rohini is another wife of Vasudevar. She was in Nandigram (Gokulam). The child born to Rohini is Balaraman., brother of Lord Krishna. When Balaraman was born in Gokulam , Devaki gave birth to a baby, which was again killed by the cruel king kamsan.
Time came for the birth of the eighth child of the ill fated couple, Devaki and Vasudevar. Lord Vishnu himself decided to descend on earth . Yogamaya the godess, controller of darkness and ignorance made way for the safe passage of baby Krishna , Lord Vishnu’s incarnation to Gokulam. By Her powers, she made all the security guards in Mathura prison to sleep.
Vasudevar, safely carried his newly born son Sri Krishna to Nandagopar , his friend in Nandigram/ Gokulam. It was raining heavily , and Vasudevar had to cross the overflowing ,river Yamuna. As a respect to Lord Vishnu, river Yamuna parted way for Vasudevar to reach Gokulam. The divine Snake AdiSeshan had the privilege of covering (with his hood), SriKrishna from the heavy downpour of rains
When Vasudevar reached Gokulam and gave his son Lord Krishna to Nandagopar, Nandagopar’s wife Yasodha had given birth to a girl. This baby girl is none other than goddess Durga, an incarnation of Yogamaya. Nandagopar gave his newly born daughter to replace SriKrishna . Without wasting much time, Vasudevar carried back to the prison, this baby girl
When Kamsan’s guards were relieved from the spells of Yogamaya, they saw the couple holding the baby girl in their hands. The information of the baby girl reached the ears of Kamsan. He knew this was the eighth child and as by the prophecy this child would kill him. He stormed into the prison angrily and smashed the baby from the arms of Devaki. When he was about to kill the baby, by thrashing against a rock, the baby sprang up in the sky and took the form of Yogamaya and warned Kamsan, ” O! King Kamsa. You are a fool . Iam not the baby born to kill you. Your destiny are in the hands of a boy . He is safe in Gokulam. ” Uttering these words , Yogamaya vanished.
Krishna was growing up in the beautiful Gokulam as the son of Nandagopalan and Yasodha. Unaware of the fact that Krishna is Vishnu’s incarnation, Nandgopalan and Yasodhha brought up Krishna. So is the case with Rohini. She was not aware about the incarnation of Seshanag as Balaraman.
Krishan and Balaraman grew up in Gokulam. Krishna was a lover of milk, curd , and the pet boy of the whole village. He is affectionately called by the villagers as ” Butter Thief.” Even, now his devotees call him , in the same name with all affection. His pranks knew no bounds. He also did not fail to show glimpses of his divinity. His dance the Kaliya Nartana, the way he killed the demon and demoness sent by Kamsan to kill him, lifting the Govardana hills , to save the villagers and the cows are a testimony to His divinity. He also enchantened every one , even the cow herds by his divinely Flute music. There were instances when people had even swooned by his music.
When Krishna grew up, he went back to Mathura, killed his cruel uncle ,Kamsan and freed his parents. People of Mathura ,rejoiced at the death of Kamsan. Ukkraseana was made king again.
It is more than two weeks since we left Hastinapuram.
Now shall we travel back to Hastinapuram and see what is going on there…..
——to be continued