In the previous episode, we had witnessed Sage Gargaachaarya naming Yashoda’s new-born baby as “Krishna”. The couple had organized a grand “naming ceremony” as part of the “first month anniversary” of the new born. Even after a month had passed by, the swarms of people coming to Yashoda’s house hadn’t decreased even a bit. The curiosity to see the little baby was only increasing every passing day! People couldn’t take their eyes off the little one as they were overwhelmed upon seeing the baby! Thus, as days passed by, it was time for Yashoda and Nandagopa to celebrate the first month anniversary for their “special child” that has given her all the happiness over this one month. Hence, the couple arranges for a grand celebration and amidst that, Sage Gargaachaarya suits the name of “Krishna” to the child. Upon arrival, he takes a closer look at the baby and whispers this divine name into its ears.
As the new-born gets its name, the celebrations increase manifold! Now the people have a name to address the little one! Till this time, they were pampering the child without a name isn’t it? Now that has been taken care of! Little Krishna was the center of attraction for the whole of Gokula! As baby Krishna was becoming popular, this news somehow reaches Kamsa. As Kamsa comes to know how Baby Krishna was welcomed at Gokula with enormous celebrations, he was both scared, as well as agitated with anger! He was scared because he knew that his enemy is up and growing now, even though he tried hard to sabotage him during his birth itself. As the attempt failed due to divine intervention, Kamsa is not willing to give up any soon! He calls up one of his most trusted lieutenants, Poothana and explains thus, “Oh Poothana! Make your way to Gokula immediately! There would be a baby by name Krishna at the house of Yashoda and Nandagopa. You go there in a disguised form of a beautiful woman. Request Yashoda to have the baby on your lap. While doing so, try to breastfeed the baby and by that, feed poison into it. This would kill the baby then and there!”
As Kamsa orders thus, the plan is set! Poothana hurriedly makes her way to Gokula and to Yashoda’s house. As Poothana was a “Raakshasi” by nature, she had a very fearful form. However, as she nears Yashoda’s house, she assumes a disguised form of a beautiful woman and approaches Yashoda. It was only few minutes back, Yashoda had breastfed Baby Krishna, but He was still crying for more milk! It was as if Baby Krishna was waiting for Poothana to arrive and to take her to task! As Baby Krishna was crying aloud, Yashoda comes back from her kitchen to see what’s going on in the living room. It is at this time, Poothana knocks at the door, disguised as a beautiful woman! As Yashoda opens the door, Poothana enters inside with a beaming smile on her face. She talks to Yashoda thus, “Oh Yashoda! I’m coming from the neighboring town. I heard that you had given birth to a handsome baby! I was so eager to see it for the past one month or so, however, I got some time to drop in to your place only today. So if you give me permission, can I have a glance at your child?”
As Poothana asks thus, Yashoda did not realize that she was a “Raakshasi” and had come with a ploy. She innocently takes Baby Krishna from the cradle and hands Him over to Poothana. As Yashoda gives Baby Krishna to Poothana, little did she realize that she had “Yama-Dharma-Raaja” himself on her lap, instead of “just another baby”. Thus, as Poothana was glancing at Baby Krishna, she builds the trust with Yashoda and smartly sends her back into the kitchen. Now Poothana was alone with Baby Krishna. Sensing this opportunity to execute her ploy, Poothana takes Baby Krishna to her breasts and tries to feed the child with poison.
Now the game starts! As Baby Krishna starts feeding on Poothana’s breasts, He knew that it was poison that He was being fed with. He never showed out any reaction outside, but silently sucked her breasts in such a way that the baby drew up her breath totally! The ploy was totally defeated and Poothana was taken for a ride by Baby Krishna! Afterall He is Bhagawan Vishnu! How can He be taken for a ride like this so easily? As Baby Krishna was sucking the poison, He made sure that Poothana was a victim to her own “Karma” then and there! Unable to bear the pain of Baby Krishna sucking her life out, Poothana falls on the ground dead! All this unfolds within just seconds, although we narrate it in detail.
Upon hearing unbearable sounds from the living room, Yashoda comes running from the kitchen and sees her little new-born, crawling over the body of a huge Raakshasi (Demoness)! Stunned by what has happened, Yashoda’s first reaction was to ensure whether the baby was safe and secure! As she does that, she puts Baby Krishna back on the cradle and frantically cries for help! The entire town of Gokula rushes to Yashoda’s house and realizes what has just conspired! Gokula realizes that a great danger has been vetted off their darling Baby Krishna!
So for today, let us experience and enjoy the first “miracle” of Baby Krishna at Gokula. An important message from this incident awaits us in the next episode! Stay tuned! 😊