Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: Baby Steps – XXXIV

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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 in Gokula only. Hence more of his myrmidons were seen in Gokula trying to kill Nanadagopa’s son who had a meghashyam (as dark/blue as the rain-bearing clouds) complexion.

On that fateful day, Yashoda had just completed bathing her little one and sat in the courtyard with the child on her lap. Suddenly, she felt that the baby was very heavy. Unable to bear the burden of the baby, whose weight seemed to keep on increasing, she placed him on the ground. By now the child had fallen asleep. Yashoda did not dwell too much on the experience and went to complete other household chores.

Meanwhile, Kamsa’s ally Trinavarta had come to Gokula looking for the little child. He assumed the form of a whirlwind. The inhabitants of Gokula were taken aback by the overpowering fury of this sudden storm of dust. The power of the gust of wind was almost unbearable. People had to close their eyes and hold on to something, else they would be blown away by the wind. Nobody was in any state to see anything. Darkness had engulfed everything and people were rushing around panic-stricken. Abruptly the wind started subsiding.

Yashoda opened her eyes and rushed to the courtyard. The child was not to be seen. She asked for help but nobody could locate the child anywhere. Dust and stones were raining around but the gopis and gopas of Gokula would not give up searching for their dearest little one.

Trinavarta, disguised as a whirlwind, had carried the child far away, high in the sky. His intent was to rise as high as he could with the child and then dash the child onto the ground. This was his plan to kill the child that would eventually harm Kamsa.

The child, however, had become very heavy.  Trinavarta found it impossible to lift the child. As the child became heavier, he tried to drop the child. But the child would not let him go. He held Trinavarta’s neck with his two little hands. Trinavarta found himself choking. He realised that the fist of the child was strong enough and that now he could not escape.

The fury of the whirlwind came to a sudden halt. The inhabitants of Gokula saw the huge form of the asura fall down. In his arms was Yashoda’s little son. They took the child away and handed him over to his mother.


Somehow, with the joy of getting the child back, nobody paid too much attention to the event. Some people said that those who wish evil on others get caught in their own evil web. Others thanked Narayana for constantly being on their side. Some others thought it was Nandagopa’s good karma that saved his child from such a monstrous asura.

[To be continued] 

 Footnote: Srimad Bhagavatam is often called the Bhagavad Purana. Authored by Ved Vyasa, the stories are about the various avatars (incarnations) of Lord Vishnu, also known as Narayana.

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