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Shri Krishna Leela Stories – Vishnu’s 8th Avatar

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Krishna’s Final Years

Gandhari’s curse came true 36 years later. At a Yadav festival, a fight broke out and many of the Yadavs killed each other. Krishna’s elder brother, Balram, gave up his body with the power of yoga.

Krishna retired to the forest and meditated under a tree. A hunter, by the name of Jara, mistook the movement he could see through the bushes for that of a deer and fired an arrow in that direction, which pierced Krishna’s foot, wounding him.

When he realised his mistake, Jara begged for Krishna’s forgiveness. Krishna explained that in a past life, Jara was Vali, the monkey king who was killed by Vishnu’s 7th avatar of Rama, and that he desired for this act to be made even so for Jara to not worry about this.

Krishna left the Earth after this event, and many believe it was this moment that marked the shift of the world from Dvapara Yuga to Kali Yuga.

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