Author: Nilanjana Dey

Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Naming the Children – XXXV

Nilanjana retells the story of the naming of two boys by Maharishi Garga, at Gokul, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Yashoda was busy feeding her baby when she noticed that the baby must have had his fill and was looking sleepy. She put him in his bed as he started yawning. As […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Baby Steps – XXXIV

Kamsa’s ally Trinavarta had come to Gokula looking for the little child. He assumed the form of a whirlwind. Child Krishna vanquished a mighty asura for the third time. Nilanjana retells the story, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The death of Putana and Shatakasura almost convinced Kamsa that his dreaded enemy was […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Crawling Baby – XXXIII

Nilanjana recounts the wonders and miracles of the crawling baby, Krishna, who was the special one. More about it in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Putana’s death gave an important clue to Kamsa and his allies about the whereabouts of the child, who was supposed to destroy Kamsa. As a result, all the […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Putana – XXXII

Nilanjana recounts the tale of Putana and how she was slain by child Krishna, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Putana was loyal to her king, Kamsa. When he requested her to help him out, she immediately agreed without a qualm. She began wandering around the kingdom in search of babies under one […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Anxiety and Joy – XXXI

Nilanjana recounts the story of Krishna’s birth, the baby swapping, celebrations in Gokul and the evil counsel of Kamsa’s ministers, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. A man is known by the company he keeps. When Kamsa was in the presence of Devaki and Vasudev, good sense had prevailed on him. However, when […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Vishnumaya – XXX

Nilanjana retells the story of the Bhagavatam. She talks about the incarnation of the Devi, Vishnumaya, and how she was swapped with Lord Krishna, as a part of the great cosmic game. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. After Devaki had given birth to her eighth child, Vasudev was asked to […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Birth of Krishna – XXIX

Nilanjana recounts the story of the birth of Krishna, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Devaki was glowing with her eighth child. The glow was rather unusual. The wise men knew that the divinity growing inside her was emanating this glow. Kamsa got the news that his sister was pregnant for the eighth […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Birth of Balarama – XXVIII

Nilanjana retells the story of Balarama. Rohini, childless, was another wife of Vasudeva, who was in the prison with Devaki. A miraculous transfer of womb happens, when Rohini meets them in the prison. Yogamaya was born too. All these were in the preparation of Krishna’s birth. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Unrighteous Rampage – XXVII

Nilanjana retells a well-known story from the Bhagavatam, a Krishna lore, about how Kamsa killed six children born to his sister, Devaki, out of fear. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Devaki and Vasudeva stayed in a palace that was specially built for them. In course of time, Devaki gave birth […]

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Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Arrogant Doorkeepers Reborn Again – XXVI

Nilanjana retells the story of oracle about Lord Krishna birth and fear and anger of Kamsa, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. As discussed in a post earlier, Jayah and Vijayah, the door-keepers of Lord Vishnu, were cursed by Brahma’s sons. Hence, they had to take birth in the world of mortals. Lord […]

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