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.”
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.”
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