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Kansa Vadh

Kansa Vadh normalKansa was Krishna’s maternal uncle and the King of Mathura. He was in line to become King after the death of his father Ugrasena. However, greed got the better of Kansa and he decided to overthrow his father to gain the kingdom. After this Kansa established a tyrannical rule over Mathura and committed many atrocities. The people of Mathura were obviously none too happy about this. It was it this time that Narada Muni informed Kansa that his sister Devaki’s eighth child would kill him.

Kansa, feeling threatened, promptly imprisoned Devaki and her husband Vasudev. Henceforth, whenever  Devaki gave birth to a child, Kansa executed the child. This continued until Devaki, pregnant with her seventh child, had a miscarriage. However, what Kansa did not know was that Devaki unborn child had secretly been transferred to Rohini’s womb, Vasudev’s first wife. Thus, when Devaki was pregnant for the eighth time, Kansa was not sure as to this would be the child prophesized to kill him. That confusion this did not stop him from killing the child upon birth however. But what Kansa did not know was that Devaki’s son and Yashoda’s daughter had been switched by Vasudev.

Hence, Krishna lived and grew up to kill his Uncle as per the prophecy by Narada Muni. This day is celebrated as Kansa Vadh in Mathura and Vrindavan. Effigies of Kansa are made and people gather round and throw stones at this to commemorate the occasion of Krishna killing Kansa.

 

More about Krishna Bhumi…

Considering that Vrindavan is now excellently connected and is soon developing into an important transition city, it is not a surprise that many residential projects are coming up. Earlier on people could not visit Vrindavan as much they liked due to poor connectivity and not so great accommodation options. However, developers have realized this need of the people and now Vrindavan has become a second home destination for many. One such noteworthy township that is coming up is Krishna Bhumi. What is so unique about Krishna Bhumi that you should choose it over the other options? The other complexes are not built around the tallest Krishna temple in the world.

The makers of Krishna Bhumi understand that Krishna bhakti and luxury are not necessarily concepts that are divorced from each other. This is why they have come up with homes that allow you to enjoy both. Starting from studio apartments to lavish 4000 square feet villas, Krishna Bhumi is envisioned to house the solitary pilgrim as well as the joint Indian family. Whatever the size and whatever the budget, Krishna Bhumi has something for everyone. Our studio apartments start from just 20 lacs after all. Come alone or come with all, but the place you have to come to is Krishna Bhumi.

 

The Krishna of Bhagavata Purana

Krishna in Bhagavata PuranaHinduism boasts of eighteen ‘maha puranic’ texts. The Bhagavata Purana happens to be one of these eighteen texts. The main thing that this book does is that it tells us to show our loving devotion or ‘bhakti’ to Lord Vishnu, in his incarnation as Krishna. This book presents a picture to us in which there is a war between the gods and the demons and the demons have won. It is through the ‘lila’ of Lord Vishnu that the evil forces are finally defeated. The text emphasizes again and again that only through bhakti towards Krishna can mere mortals like us hope to achieve self knowledge, bliss and salvation.

All of us have heard innumerable tales of Krishna’s childhood from our elders while growing up. The origin of all these stories is the Bhagavata Purana. The text is famous for its description of God in an almost human form. A form that is not so exalted and one that people can relate more easily to. Vaishnavs, or worshippers of Lord Vishnu throughout the world, consider the Bhagavata Purana to be a highly revered text. This text is also considered to be the guiding text for all the Vaishnav Bhakti literature that was produced later.

 

Krishna in the Mahabharata

Krishna in MahabharataEven though the Mahabharata is an epic that tells the story of the Kauravas and the Pandavas, Krishna happens to be an important character in it. In the Mahabharata, Krishna is described as the son of Vasudev and Devaki. Given his parentage, he was also sometimes known as Vasudeva Krishna. A lot of political details have been provided about Krishna , the most important of these is probably the fact that Krishna and the Yadavas and the Pandavas of the Kuru Kingdom established a strategic partnership. The Pandavas helped Krishna and the Yadavas overthrow Jarasandha, the king of Magadha, who was their biggest enemy.

In return, Krishna helped the Pandavas in the war of Kurushetra. However, Krishna was fair and offered his help to both the Pandavas as well as the Kauravas. He made several attempts to nip the war in the bud before it began. However, when it was evident that the war was inevitable, he told the Pandavas and the Kauravas that they could choose to be aided by either him or his army. The side that picked him however, should be aware that he personally would yield no weapons in the war.  After this declaration, the Pandavas chose Krishna himself and the Kauravas chose Krishna’s army.

Krishna assumed the humble role of charioteer of Arjuna’s chariot. But a war is as metal a strife as it is a physical one. There were times that Arjuna could no longer take the pressure of battling and killing his own family. At these crucial moments, if it had not been for the wisdom that Krishna imparted to Arjuna and urged him to go on, the Pandavas would have lost the war.

Vrindavan, the religious heritage site

Vrindavan is a famous tourist destination for all sorts of people. But for people who follow the Vaishnavism tradition of Hindiusim, Vrindavan holds a special place in their hearts. It is one of the foremost centres for Krishna devotees and includes places like Gokul and Govardhan. Millions of people flock to Vrindavan every year to pay homage to Radha Krishna and take part in the numerous festivals that Vrindavan is famous for.

When devout followers of Krishna visit Gokul, where Krishna was raised by Nanda Maharaj and Yashoda, or walk through the Vrindavan forest, where Krishna spent most of his childhood with Balaram and his friends, the spiritual ecstasy they feel is unmistakable. ‘Krishnabhumi’ aims to capture this very essence of Vrindavan. The project is most known for the tallest Krishna mandir in the world. However, another attraction of this project is also the recreation of the twelve forests or ‘vanas’ of Vrindavan.

All of this, coupled with the indoor Krishna leela theme park, the heritage museum, the cosmology exhibit and the viewing gallery perched at a height of 700 feet, Krishnabhumi will bring you closer to Krishna with the help of modern inventions. This is also a great way of introducing children to the story of Krishna. They may not be as spiritually inclined as the elders in the family, but Krishna will make a place in their hearts with this project’s amusement park like ambience.