Talk of God Krishna, and the first thing to strike your mind will be the number of tricks and cleverly-timed feats which would leave us spellbound when we hear them. Janamasthami marks one of the most celebrated avatar of God Vishnu. There are innumerable episodes in the entire lifetime of Krishna. Krishna’s birth is itself a delighting episode. Krishna Janamasthami is celebrated on ashtami (eighth day) of Shravan. We bring to you a list of Krishna Leelas that will give an insight to the life of our very own Maakhan Chor!
1. Krishna birth, itself a godly-phenomenon
The story of God Krishna’s birth is itself a miraculous snippet. On the day when Kansa’s sister Devaki and Vasudeva married, there took place was an ‘Aaksahvani’ or ‘voice from the sky’ stating that the eighth son of the couple will kill the cruel Mathura ruler Kansa. That eighth son was to be Krishna. Kansa, in fear imprisons the couple under severe scanner. A night before Krishna is to be born, another voice tells Vasudeva to change their kid (Krishna) with a kid in Gokul (Nandlal and Yashoda’s son). The next night, when Krishna is born, chains and doors of the prisons break free by themselves and even the guards fell in deep slumber. When Vasudeva reaches a river, the flood-prone river makes way for Vasudeva and a seven-faced snake appears which covers the child. Vasudeva successfully exchanges the son, and the rest they is history!
2. Surprises Yashoda Maiyaa; Universe in Krishna’s mouth
Yashoda (mother of Krishna) used to consider Krishna as a child always. Once being sad for this behaviour of her mom, Krishna plans to play a little trick with her mother. He intentionally gulps mud and makes sure it is visible on her lips. Yashoda, angry and worried over this antic pleads Krishna to open his mouth. Krishna denies. Yashoda pleads repeatedly and Krishna relents. Just as when Krishna opens his mouth, Yashoda sees the whole universe in his son’s mouth. She immediately shuts his son’s mouth and understand’s that it was just another Krishna Leela!
3. Saviour of Gokul, lifts Govardhana Mountain on his little finger
In order to destroy the Rain God Indra’s arrogance of power, Krishna requests Gokulwaasi (people of Gokul) to worship Govardhana Mountain instead of Indra. And as people start worshipping the mountain and not Indra, the Rain God in his fury makes sure that the Gokul region faces stringent floods. People turn towards Krishna to them for their plight. So in order to save them, Krishna picks up the Govardhan Mountain just on his little finger. To add a little more to Krishna Leela, he also plays the flute with the other, while Gokulwaasi watch in surprise and shock equally.
4. Dance with every Gopi, but himself with Radha
On a Sharad Purnima night, when Gopis in Gokul plead Krishna to sing and dance with every one of them, Krishna as usual had a trick up his sleeve. Krishna doesn’t decline their request and what he did then was delightful. Krishna incarnates himself in as many numbers as they were Gopis. Every Gopi felt that Krishna was only singing and dancing with them and not with others. The cuter part of the episode was that Krishna himself indulges in ‘Rasleela with Radha’!
5 Draupadi episode
When the Pandavas lost everything, including themselves to Duryodhana in the game of ‘Chaupada’– a plan ill-devised by Shakuni; in the heat of moment Yudhistra also loses her wife Draupadi in the game. In order to disgrace her, Duryodhana orders his brother Dusshasan to undress Draupadi of her saree. Draupadi after seeing Pandavas’ head hanging in helplessness minces words of ‘Krishna, Jai Shree Krisha, Hey Krishna’. Finally, Krishna answers her prayer and to everyone’s surprise in the court, as Dusshasan starts disrobing Draupadi, the saree fails to be stripped fully. After trying for long to disrobe, Dusshasan who was dubbed to have power of 10,000 elephants failed, as Krishna Leela prevailed.
6. Krishna advises Bheema to eliminate Jarasandha
Jarasandha, the ruler of Magadha, was a powerful king. Once, he had imprisoned 95 kings and needed five more to perform a Yagna, which he though would make him win the powerful Yadav army. The captive Kings managed to pass on their message of their imprisoned condition. Krishna in order to eliminate Jarasandha, devised a clever plan. He made Bheema wrestle with Jarasandha. The fierce battle ensued for 14 days, and with no end near Bheema looked up to Krishna for help. Krishna picked up a stick, tore it and threw it away. Bheema got the hint and tore Jarasandha’s body and threw it away. Jarasandha’s body got attached ala Terminator, which baffled Bheema. He again looked at Krishna. Krishna did the same thing, but Bheema noticed something. He saw that Krishna threw the parts of torn stick in opposite directions. Bheema did the same and won the battle. (Krishna knew that a demon named ‘Jara’ had brought Jarasandha to life after joining two halves).
7. Cleverly plays with clouds to hatch a plan for Jaydratta
Jaydratta was the King of Sindhu kingdom in the epic Mahabharata. In the course of war, when Arjuna learns that Jaydratta was the cause of his son Abhimanyu’s death, he pledges to kill Jaydratta next day in the battle, failing which he’ll sit on the pyre of fire. As the sunset nears next day, Jaydratta hides in the army camp and waits for the sunset. Krishna gets to know the intention of Jaydratta. Krishna cleverly moves clouds over the setting Sun, which makes everyone in Kaurava camp happy. Jaydratta comes out of his hiding and taunts Arjuna of his pledge. Just as when Jaydratta comes out, Krishna moves away the clouds in front of the sun and Arjuna finally slays Jaydratta.