The tale of Krishna’s birth

“Krishna” : The 8th incarnation of  Śrī-Viṣṇu”

The Divine Story of Krishna’s Birth is the most cherished and celebrated stories in Sanatan (Hindu) tradition, as detailed in sacred texts such as the Bhagavata Purana, Harivamsa, and Vishnu Purana.


Kamsa’s Tyranny: Kamsa, the tyrannical king of Mathura, was notorious for his cruelty and oppression. Despite his malevolent nature, his sister Devaki was married to Vasudeva, a nobleman of the Yadava clan.

The Prophecy: On the day of their wedding, a divine prophecy proclaimed that the eighth son of Devaki would be Kamsa’s destroyer. Terrified by this prophecy, Kamsa imprisoned Devaki and Vasudeva, vowing to kill each of their children at birth.

Birth of Krishna

Divine Intervention: Kamsa killed Devaki and Vasudeva’s first six children immediately after their birth. The seventh pregnancy was mystically transferred to Rohini, another wife of Vasudeva, and she gave birth to Balarama.

Krishna’s Birth: When Devaki conceived her eighth child, extraordinary events unfolded. At midnight, amidst a thunderstorm and celestial phenomena, Krishna was born. He appeared in a divine form, signifying his origin as an incarnation of Vishnu.

The Escape to Gokul

Divine Help: To protect the newborn Krishna from Kamsa, divine interventions occurred. The prison guards fell into a deep sleep, and the chains binding Vasudeva miraculously fell off. The prison doors opened by themselves, allowing Vasudeva to carry baby Krishna out.

Journey to Gokul: Vasudeva carried Krishna across the Yamuna River to Gokul, braving the stormy night. The river is said to have parted to allow them a safe passage. Vasudeva reached the house of Nanda and Yashoda, who were cowherds and devout followers of Vishnu.

Exchange of Babies: At Nanda’s house, Yashoda had just given birth to a baby girl (an incarnation of Yogamaya, the divine energy). Vasudeva exchanged Krishna with this baby girl and returned to the prison with her.

Divine Deception

Kamsa’s Defeat: When Kamsa tried to kill the baby girl, she slipped from his hands and transformed into her divine form, warning him that the child destined to kill him was already born and safe. This intensified Kamsa’s fear and paranoia but he couldn’t prevent his destined fate.

Krishna’s Childhood in Gokul

Growing Up: Krishna grew up in Gokul as the son of Nanda and Yashoda. During his childhood, Krishna performed many divine exploits, engaged in mischievous adventures, and accomplished miraculous deeds. Consequently, he earned the love and adoration of all the villagers. He killed numerous demons sent by Kamsa and performed many miracles, showcasing his divine nature.

Return to Mathura: Eventually, Krishna returned to Mathura, fulfilled the prophecy by defeating Kamsa, and restored justice and peace.


The story of Krishna’s birth and childhood holds deep spiritual and cultural significance in Hinduism. It symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, divine protection for the devout, and the playful, loving nature of the divine.


Every year, devotees celebrate Krishna’s birth on Janmashtami with fasting, singing, dancing, and reenactments of his divine exploits, especially his birth and childhood stories. They decorate temples and homes and gather to celebrate the joyous occasion with great fervor and devotion.

This narrative acknowledges the sacred and historical significance of Krishna’s birth and its profound impact on Hindu culture and spirituality, as detailed in the Puranas.

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