Episode # 150 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna neutralizes Raakshasi Poothana!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed an important juncture, wherein Nandagopa is at Mathura prison to meet Vasudeva, who is his close friend. Since Goddess “Yoga-Maya” was at full force the previous night, none of them knew that the two babies were swapped, although Vasudeva physically did all what was required. Nandagopa shared the happy news that he’s a proud father of a son, and in turn, Vasudeva also explains that he had a girl child and that, Kamsa had tried to kill that too. However, as this conversation was going on between the two fathers, Poothana, the Raakshasi whom Kamsa had sent to kill Bhagawan Bala-Krishna arrives in Gokula. She’s searching her way to reach Yashoda’s house, wherein she spots the baby all alone. Yashoda had just fed the baby with milk, placed it at the corner and had gone out to do some farming work. As the baby was all alone, Poothana saw this as a golden opportunity, enters inside the house, keeps the baby on her lap and tries to feed the poisonous milk that she had in her breasts. 

As Poothana was doing so, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna tries to suck the milk from her breasts, but the baby had other plans! In fact, one typical characteristic of Bhagawan Krishna right from His birth till the last day is that, He never goes in search of anyone voluntarily to kill them. However, this is in sharp contrast with what Bhagawan Rama did! He had His “Dhanush” (Bow) and with that, He had to make sure that He goes in search of the Raakshasas and kills them. We can see this at every instance of the Ramayana – Bhagawan Rama went in search of Maareecha and Shubaahu, killed Shubaahu in the encounter. Later on, He went in search of the 14,000 Raakshasas at the “Dhandaka Forest” and kills all of them, except one Raakshasa called “Akampana”. Similarly, the highlight of the entire Ramayana story – Bhagawan Rama goes in search of Ravana, all the way to Lanka and destroys him. So in all these cases, we’re seeing that Bhagawan Rama goes in search of the Raakshasas and kills them. However, Bhagawan Krishna’s “modus operandi” is very different here – All the Raakshasas come towards Him and get killed! Bhagawan Krishna doesn’t go in search of anyone. Right from Poothana to Kesi, all the Raakshasas came in search of Bhagawan Krishna to kill Him, only for them to get killed! 🙂 Even during the Mahabharata war, Bhagawan Krishna took an oath not to fight a single person with a single weapon. Yet, He used Arjuna at the helm of affairs to finish off the entire Kaurava camp, isn’t it? In fact, it is not only the Kaurava camp that suffered heavy damage. The Paandava camp too was at the behest of heavy damage. Ultimately at the end of the war, only the five Pandava brothers were left out! All the other people who fought the war had to face death at Kurukshetra! 

This is exactly what happens here too in the case of Poothana as well – She’s the first Raakshasi who is coming in search of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to kill Him, only for her to get killed by Him! As she is feeding the breast milk thus, Bhagawan strangles her breasts with His mouth in such a way that she gets scuffed for breath. As the hold becomes tighter and tighter, Poothana is not able to breathe at one stage, and with that, she gets angry as well! She finally reveals her real “Raakshasi” form and tries to scare the baby. However, Bhagawan Krishna is not going to be scared by all these gimmicks. He strangles her even more and finally at one stage, Poothana runs out of breath, and finally falls dead on the floor, with a huge thunderous noise! Poothana thus falls on the ground dead and this marks Kamsa’s first failure to capture Bhagawan Krishna. 

As the Raakshasi was lying dead with a huge form, the neighboring people came running with a lot of panic to check what had happened! They had heard the huge noise coming from Yashoda’s house and found a huge carcass, beside which Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was playing happily! Yashoda comes running inside the house meanwhile too! What’s going to happen next? How is Yashoda going to react to this? Let’s wait and witness in the next episode! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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