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Krishna kills Putana

Kansa, who knows that the eighth child born to Devaki, would be his slayer, sends his soldiers to find the infant. But as they return empty-handed, Kansa sends the Queen of Demons, Putana, to kill Lord Krishna.She schemes to kill Lord Krishna by feeding him her poisoned breastmilk. Putana goes to Gokul, disguised as a beautiful maiden. She reaches Krishna’s home and nurses him with the poisoned milk. Even as she hopes to kill the infant Krishna, he sucks her life out of her breasts and kills her.

Krishna’s dance on Kaaliya

A giant black serpent, Kaaliya enters Vrindavan and begins living, along with his family, in the river Yamuna. Kaaliya slowly turns the river water poisonous with its venom, making the lives of villagers miserable. People try everything possible to get rid of the black serpent.Lord Krishna could not see his people suffering and decides to fight Kaaliya. Krishna gathers the weight of the entire planet, jumps on Kaaliya’s head and starts hitting the serpent by dancing on it. Kaaliya begins vomiting blood and loses all the strength. When Kaaliya is nearing death, his wives appear and pray to Krishna, asking for mercy. Krishna grants mercy to the serpent; Kaaliya realizes the greatness and strength of Lord Krishna and promises to leave the river.The serpent leaves the river and Vrindavan forever, and people rejoice the victory of Krishna.

Krishna and Varuna

Krishna’s father Nanda was fasting on one ekadasi (the 11th lunar day). He goes to take a dip in the holy river Yamuna just before the sunrise. The servants of demigod Varuna capture and present Nanda in front of their lord, accusing him of taking a bath in the river at a demonic time. Krishna and his brother Balrama search for their father after his sudden disappearance. Then they hear sounds coming from the river and understand that demigod Varuna has captured their father. When Krishna visits Varuna, they engage in a heartwarming conversation. Varuna realizes the mistake committed by his servants, apologizes to Krishna, and releases Nanda immediately.

Krishna’s lesson to Lord Brahma

One day, Lord Brahma decides to test Lord Krishna if he really is the Parabrahma (universal lord) or not. In order to test Krishna, Lord Brahma kidnaps every child and calf of Vrindavan and hides all of them in his world. Krishna understands that this is the handiwork of Brahma and decides to teach him a lesson. Krishna multiplies himself into all the missing children and calves. He and all his forms return to the village. People do not find any difference, and life goes on as usual. In fact, they feel happy as they begin to receive increased love and affection from their ‘children’. Lord Brahma realizes his mistake and releases all the children with their cattle and calves.

The battle of Kurukshetra

On the 15th day of the battle of Kurukshetra, Karna has a face-to-face fight with Arjuna. A fierce battle takes place between them, and Karna fires an arrow, which almost hits Arjuna. But Krishna, the charioteer of Arjuna, lowers the chariot and helps Arjuna escape the arrow. Arjuna shoots several arrows at Karna in return when the latter’s chariot gets stuck in the mud. Karna gets down to push his stuck chariot and asks Arjuna to stop shooting. He observes that it is unfair to target him while he is pushing the wheel out. Krishna replies, “You shot at unarmed Abhimanyu, was that fair?” referring to how Kauravas broke the code of war and mercilessly killed Arjuna’s son Abhimanyu. Hearing Krishna, Arjuna is filled with righteous anger and revenge and kills Karna. Lord Krishna stories are about love, mischief, courage, friendship, and kindness. They are interesting and inspire children to follow the right path of goodness, truth, and humanity. Stories about the birth of Krishna, when Krishna kills Putana, and Krishna’s dance on Kaliya are filled with amusement and teachings. Every story provided in the list is unique and offers valuable life lessons. So, read these stories to your children during their free time or bedtime. They will surely enjoy them and learn a lot about mythology and customs.