Janmashtami Legends

 

Janmashtami legends relates to the different interesting stories of Shri Krishna. Beginning from his birth till the days of his later years, people know Shri Krishna as a Protector of human beings. They still remember and commemorate his birth to honor Him for what He did for humankind. On the day of Janmashtami, people pray to Him to destroy all the evil from this earth and make it the best place to live in.

The different Janmashtami legends that gave rise to the celebration of the Janmashtami is very interesting to know.

  • The most famous legendary episode of Janmashtami is the killing of King Kansa who was the maternal uncle of Lord Krishna. According to Hindu mythology, there was a prophecy that declared that the child of Devaki would kill Kansa. And Lord Krishna was that child who was born to Devaki but was brought up by Yashoda and Nand at Gokul.
  • There are many Janmashtami legendary tales regarding Lord Krishna when he was a child. These are known as Bal Leela. These activities of Lord Krishna were also to save the people of Mathura (his birth place) and Gokul. Killing of She-demon Putana and other devil Trinivarta is worth mentioning. It was while killing demoness Putana that the fair complexioned Shri Krishna turned dark. He had actually sucked the poisoned milk from her breast.


  • Lord Krishna also tamed a huge snake called Kalia, who live in the River Yamuna and who had terrorized the people of Gokul.
  • It is said that Lord Krishna lifted the Mount Govardhan in order to save the people of Gokul from the thundershowers and storm sent by Lord Indra—God of thunder. Known as a cowherd boy or Govinda and Gopala, Lord Krishna is one of the most revered Gods. There are numerous tales regarding his divine magic and help extended to people.


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