We’re currently witnessing one of the most joyous moments in the entire Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana text wherein Bhagawan Krishna takes birth at Mathura city, then moves to Gokula, wherein for the first ten years of His incarnation, He is going to be the son of Yashoda and Nandagopa. We are at a stage wherein the new-born isn’t even given a name yet. Even before all these formal ceremonies take place, people in the Gokula town are celebrating with lot of grandeur, so as to welcome their darling child with loads of love and affection. Just like how we celebrate Shri Krishna Jayanti even today, the subsequent 2-3 days after the baby was born were all equivalent of the Shri Krishna Jayanti celebrations! People couldn’t hold back and control their excitement. They wanted to see the child again and again, infinite number of times! The moment the have a glance at the baby, they’re literally not able to take their eyes off!
As days go by with all these celebrations, it is now going to be the first month anniversary for the baby! In today’s scenario, we do not even have the time nowadays to celebrate our yearly anniversaries (birthdays) properly, given our “fast-paced” lifestyle! But Yashoda was very particular that she celebrates her darling son’s anniversary every month! So on whichever day the baby’s birth star falls, there would be enormous amount of celebration at Yashoda’s place! In these lines, the first month’s anniversary arrives and she organizes a huge function! It is going to be the “naming ceremony” for the baby. As per the practice, the baby was put in a cradle and Yashoda was along with Nandagopa, swinging the cradle gently. However, the baby wasn’t liking the cradle much! He started crying profusely whenever he was put in the cradle! It was as if the baby was communicating the message to the world thus, “Oh fools! You’re trying to restrict the “Purushothama” of this world into this small cradle? I’m never going to fit into this how much ever you try!” As the baby was crying incessantly, Yashoda tried to keep the baby on her lap and console it. Even then the baby didn’t stop crying. It cried on and on! Again, it was like conveying a message to the world thus, “Oh! How can a “Parandhaama” be restricted to just the lap of a woman or a man? This is not going to be possible ever!” Thus, as the baby was crying on and on, Yashoda was clueless as to how to control the baby’s cry! Such was the notorious behavior that the baby was exhibiting right from Day one! 😊
Now as it was time for the “naming ceremony” and Sage Gargaachaarya was making his way through to Yashoda’s place. Sage Gargaachaarya was their “Kula-Guru” and it is he who is going to suit a name for this kid. As Sage Gargaachaarya has a deep look at the baby, he suited the name called “KRISHNA”. “Krishi” means “Mother Earth”. “Nah” means “A person who’s going to give infinite joy and bliss”. Thus, if we combine these two “Shabdhaas” together, the name “Krishna” means, “A person who has taken birth to give infinite joy and bliss to this entire world!” It is to be remembered by readers here that this was the very purpose for which Bhagawan Vishnu has incarnated here. We should remember the conversation between Bhoomadevi (who’s none other than Mother Earth Herself) and Bhagawan Vishnu at Vaikunta. Mother Bhoomadevi was in tears and requested Bhagawan Vishnu to incarnate and restore the “Dharma” and happiness in the world, isn’t it? If we relate this incident to the name which Sage Gargaachaarya has given to the baby, it nicely correlates. The very name “Krishna” means that He who has taken birth to restore the “Dharma” and “Happiness” in this world!
This very cradle wherein Baby Krishna was put in, can be worshipped even today. If we go to the place called Nandagrama near to Mathura city, we can see the cradle and the devotees who visit this place have to crawl their way from one corner of the temple premises, towards the cradle. This indicates that we’re visiting Baby Krishna, who is none other than the Supreme Consciousness in a human form with all our “Bhakti” and “Respect”, and at the same time, with all our love. As we crawl towards the cradle, we’ve to put up our hands and laugh heartily! This is a great divine place and all of us should visit Nandagrama when we get an opportunity to visit Mathura and Gokula. We’re of course going to see many more such places around Mathura city wherein Bhagawan Krishna had set foot. All of these places are extremely divine and with enormous sanctity even today. If we visit these places, we would definitely feel that Bhagawan Krishna is still amongst all of us.
Thus as the celebrations continue to galore, the naming ceremony comes to an end. It is at this time, when Kamsa tries to unleash his fury on this newly born Baby Krishna! Let us wait till the next episode as to what “tactics” is Kamsa going to unleash! Stay tuned! 😊