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This story teaches us that truth and goodness always win over evil.

Keywords: God, Righteousness, Miracle

Krishna birth story


Lord Krishna's birth story is one of the most exciting and adventurous stories of all time. Krishna birth story is recorded in the Bhagavatam, one of the holy Hindu scriptures. The story goes like this.

Long ago, in the city of Mathura, there was an evil king named Kansa. He was very cruel and caused a lot of suffering to his people. 

Kansa had a sister named Devaki. Kansa arranged Devaki's marriage to Vasudeva, the son of King Shurasena. 

After the wedding, as Kansa was saying goodbye to his sister Devaki and her husband Vasudeva, he heard a divine prediction that Devaki's eighth son would be born to punish him.

Kansa got scared after hearing these words. He decided to keep Devaki and Vasudeva under his supervision to prevent the prediction from coming true.

Devaki gave birth to six children, one by one, but Kansa separated her from all her children. Devaki and Vasudeva were heartbroken to witness this and pleaded with Kansa not to take their children away, but Kansa ignored their pleas and threatened to take away their seventh child as well.

Lord Vishnu's devotee, Sheshnag, was to be born as Devaki's seventh son. However, before the birth, Lord Vishnu transferred the child from Devaki’s womb to the womb of Vasudeva's first wife, Rohini. Rohini gave birth to Devaki’s seventh son, who was called Balarama.

A few months passed, Devaki was about to give birth to her eighth son. Suddenly, her dark room lit up with a radiant light. Lord Krishna appeared as Devaki's eighth son. Their divine radiance indicated that the time for the end of evil had come.

The doors of their room opened by themselves, and all the guards fell into a deep sleep. Then, a divine voice said, "Vasudeva, it is very important to save this child. Take this child to Gokul and give him to Nanda."

Vasudeva placed Krishna in a basket and carried it on his head as he set out for Gokul. To reach Gokul, Vasudeva had to cross the Yamuna River. It was raining heavily so Sheshnag used his hood to shield Krishna from the rain.

Vasudeva crossed the Yamuna River and arrived at his friend Nanda's house in Gokul. Yashoda had just given birth to a baby girl. Vasudeva placed Krishna in the cradle and took the girl back to Mathura.

Kansa tried to take that girl away from Devaki and Vasudeva, but she was not an ordinary girl; she was a goddess. The goddess showed her true form to Kansa and warned him that the one who would punish him for his evil deeds had already been born on this earth.

In Gokul, Nanda Baba and Yashoda maa lovingly raised Krishna. In his childhood, Krishna performed many miracles that brought great joy to the people of Gokul.

A few years later, when Krishna grew up, he returned to Mathura. He punished Kansa for his bad actions and taught everyone to do good and right things.

Krishna birth story teaches us that no matter how powerful evil may seem, truth and goodness will always win. 

Krishna's birth is celebrated every year across the country as Krishna Janmashtami.

Note: Some elements of this story have been modified to be suitable for children.

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Source: Bhagavad Gita

Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita

परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम्। 

धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय सम्भवामि युगे युगे ॥

Paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya cha dushkritam 

Dharmasamsthapnarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge

I come to the world to help good people and stop bad people. I ensure everyone follows the right path. I do this repeatedly, whenever it is needed.

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