We’re amidst a very important juncture wherein Little Krishna had jumped into the waters of River Yamuna, so as to take on the poisonous Kaaliya snake. As Kaaliya was wreaking havoc in the Gokula town by poisoning the waters of the river, cow after cow fell unconscious after drinking water from there. People also started falling unconscious because of this. It was at this time, Little Krishna realized that it is time to teach this Kaaliya snake a lesson. On the pretext of playing “ball-catching” with His little friends on the river bank, Little Krishna purposefully threw the ball to such a distance that it fell into the river. Trying to reclaim the ball from the water, Little Krishna jumps into the river to swim across and pick the ball up. As Little Krishna was doing so, at one point, instead of moving towards the ball, He dived in deep into the river. This was exactly the place where the Kaaliya snake was sitting happily and enjoying life!
Although the water started to become more and more poisonous, Little Krishna managed to make His way to the vicinity of the Kaaliya snake. Upon seeing a little boy coming towards him, Kaaliya was surprised and asked him who was he! Little Krishna replied back saying that He had lost His ball and came there to take it. Sensing that he had got a great opportunity to feast on some “delicious food” for the day, Kaaliya tried to catch Little Krishna with his long tail. As this was happening, a great fight followed between the two. Kaliya didn’t anticipate such an intense fight with this little boy, and hence, he was complacent initially. He had took Little Krishna for granted. But he had to pay a hefty price for that, as the fight progressed further.
As Kaaliya caught hold of Little Krishna, he tried to squeeze Him to death in that instance itself. However, Little Krishna was way too powerful for Kaaliya to do that. He resisted Kaaliya’s squeeze to such an extent that He freed Himself from the squeeze within a jiffy. Subsequently, Kaaliya tried to bite Little Krishna with his ultra-sharp fangs, which were full of high-intensity poison. This also eventually failed, as Little Krishna caught hold of his head and started to squeeze him! Now it was Kaaliya’s turn to get squeezed. Initially, he tried to squeeze Little Krishna, but the tide has turned on to him now! Little Krishna started to slowly exert more and more of His power and started squeezing Kaaliya tightly! At one point, Kaaliya was unable to breathe and with that, all his poison started flowing out from his mouth.
With this, the color of the Yamuna river started turning pale. Upon seeing this from outside, all the people who had gathered there, including the kids and Yashoda were all tensed. At one point, all of them came to a conclusion that the snake had killed Little Krishna! However, within the next few moments, Little Krishna came out of the water, standing on top of Kaaliya’s head. Sage Sukhaachaarya describes this scene beautifully here – He says that the Kaaliya snake had a hundred heads, and Little Krishna started to dance over all these hundred heads! He dances in such a way that He goes from one side to the other keeping His feet on all the odd-numbered heads in one direction, and while coming back, He keeps His feet on all the even-numbered heads! In other words, while going from left to right, Little Krishna’s feet press the heads 1,3,5,7,9, etc. until the 99’th head. While moving from the right to left, Little Krishna’s feet press the heads 2,4,6,8,10, etc. till the 100’th head! In this fashion, Little Krishna performs a beautiful dance over the Kaaliya snake’s hundred heads.
Upon seeing Little Krishna dancing in this fashion, the entire Gokula town erupted in joy! They burst into a rapturous and a victorious sound together, hailing Little Krishna’s victory over the treacherous Kaaliya snake! People of Gokula heaved a huge sigh of relief for two reasons – The primary reason being that, their darling Krishna was back with them, safe and secure. Secondly, Kaaliya’s atrocities have come to an end, thanks to Little Krishna’s “divine heroics”! 😊 The entire town is into celebration mode now, as Little Krishna enthralls the people with His talent of performing different styles of dance over Kaaliya’s heads.
As Little Krishna does thus, Kaaliya realizes that he had been overpowered quite easily by the little boy. Thus, Kaaliya seeks forgiveness for his mistake of poisoning the Yamuna river’s waters. As Kaaliya seeks forgiveness, Little Krishna asks him for a promise thus, “Oh Kaaliya! I’m letting you go scot free now. But you should assure me that you wouldn’t come into the zone were people are living. You shouldn’t wreak havoc by unleashing your poison into any river.” Kaaliya on his part, gives back the assurance that he would not wreak havoc anymore on anybody and thus, leaves the place happily.
As Kaaliya moves away from the Yamuna river, the waters become devoid of poison and now it becomes totally safe for everyone to consume its waters. Little Krishna thus protects the people of Gokula with His divine powers and the entire town heaps praise on Him. Yashoda stands by her darling son, as a proud mother! So for today, let us enjoy this blissful experience of Little Krishna and let us wait till the next episode to move on with the next “Krishna Leela”! Stay tuned! 😊