Lord Krishna is known by many names and has various legends associated with him. Each year, Hindus celebrate the supreme Lord's birthday in the form of Janmashtami. This year, the festival will be celebrated on August 24. On this day, temples are decorated, people are in a jolly mood, exotic delicacies are prepared and devotees are busy chanting 'Hare Krishna'.
Since Janmashtami is about a week away, here is a look at several events from Shri Krishna's life:
1. Showing The Universe to mother Yashodha
It is said that when Shri Krishna was a child, he loved eating soil. One day, when he was caught by mother Yashodha, and the 'Natkhat Gopal' lied to her that he was not eating soil. When she asked him to open his mouth, Shri Krishna did so and mother Yashodha saw the entire universe in the Lord's mouth. Fascinating, right?
2. Taming Kaliya the serpent
Kaliya was a dreaded, multi-hooded snake who poisoned the water of river Yamuna causing the cattle to die. Shri Krishna tamed the snake and sent him away from the river, restoring peace.
3. Saving Draupadi
We all know the story of how Draupadi's cheerharan was prevented by Lord Krishna by continually extending the cloth of her saree. This incident is itched in history forever and it known by every child and adult belonging to the Hindu religion.
4. Krishna in Mahabharata
The Mahabharata is widely known for Shri Krishna's ideas and his pivotal role in helping the Pandavas to win the battle. Mahabharata remains one of the most important events of Shri Krishna's life.
Shri Krishna's 'Rasleela' is famous till date. It is said that in a village in Vrindavan, the lord dances with his 'Gopis' every night, even today. The trees in 'Nidhivan' forest in the city of Vrindavan, according to belief, become Shri Krishna's 'gopis' at night.
6. Sudama's friendship
Krishna and Sudama's friendship portrays how friends should actually be. No matter how successful you are in life, you must never forget your old friends. Sudama, a childhood friend of Krishna visited him in his palace in Dwarka when Krishna became a king. Shri Krishna gave his friend everything he ever wanted and transformed his lifestyle entirely.
7. Killing of Kansa
Krishna's maternal uncle, Kansa was a tyrant and he had made several attempts to kill Shri Krishna upon his birth. Peace was restored when the lord finally killed the evil Kansa who had mercilessly murdered all of Krishna's brothers and sisters the moment they were born.