The most adored baby God in his adorable form as Laddoo Gopal has been venerated for centuries. His divine ‘leelas’ might subject to much debate and comprehension, yet are highly regarded. They’re even represented in folk dances, paintings,drama and other art forms like Krishnattam, Kuchipudi, Saanchi, etc.
This Krishnashtami, Wordhazard brings you five of his untold stories:
Shiva was born as his son Samba
It is said that Lord Krishna had a desire for an extraordinary son, just like Lord Shiva. To appease Lord Shiva, Krishna meditated for years. When Shiva was pleased, Krishna sought to be blessed with a son like Shiva himself. Krishna wanted a son who had the destructive powers of Shiva as he could foresee the decline of the Yadavas who needed to be eliminated in future. Soon Jambavati gave birth to a son, who was named Samba, after the name of Shiva.
Ekalavya and Krishna were Cousins!
Ekalavya was actually Krishna’s cousin. He was the son of Devsharava (Brother of Vasudeva) who got lost in the forest was and found by Nishada Hiranyadhanu. Nishada raised Ekalavya as Bheel Archer and he learnt Dhanurvidya, made a bust of Dronacharaya who he accepted as his Guru. For his great sacrifice while paying Gurudakshina (thumb of his right hand) to his Guru Dronacharaya, he is still revered and quoted time and again.
Arjuna and Krishna fought against each other!
Yes, you heard correctly. Arjuna did fight Krishna in the battlefield. The courtier of Indra, Gayan disrespected Krishna. For such an offence, Krishna swore to behead Gayan.
Gayan was terrified so he went to all the Devas, none of them were much too ready to grant him asylum. Narada as usual ready to stir mischief, asked Gayan to go and ask refuge from Arjuna without telling it to him whom does he want asylum from. Thus commenced a ferocious battle between Krishna and Arjuna where the deadliest of weapons, the Sudarshan Chakra and the Pashupatastra were ready to use until Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma intervened.
Arjuna handed Gayan to Brahma, Brahma handed him to Krishna,and Krishna beheaded him. To keep Arjun’s word, Brahma rejoined his head.
In Mahabharata, Navagunjara is a creature composed of nine different animals.
Once, Arjuna carried out penance on a hill, and Krishna-Vishnu appeared to him as Navagunjara. He had the head of a rooster, and stood on three feet(of an elephant, tiger and deer or horse). His fourth limb was a raised human arm carrying a lotus or a wheel. The beast had the neck of a peacock, the back or hump of a bull and the waist of a lion. The tail was a serpent.
Initially, Arjuna was terrified as well mesmerized by him. Finally, Arjuna realized that Navagunjara was a manifestation of Vishnu and dropped his weapons and bowed before Navagunjara.
Hanuman and Krishna met so many times!
Contrary to the popular belief, Krishna did meet Hanuman more than once.
He gave Hanuman butter to eat in his childhood, Hanuman on Krishna’s command broke Bheema’s over confidence. Hanuman sat on the Flag of Arjuna’s chariot and protected it from harm, and again on Krishna’s command he vanquished Satyabhama’s, Sudarshan’s and Garuda’s haughtiness.
There are so many mysteries and stories that are beyond human comprehension. Fathoming such depths is beyond our control. Maybe this is why Krishna comes to our homes, to soothe the tangled web we’re caught in.
This Krishnashtami, Wordhazard wishes you a very joyous Janmashtami!