Shri Krishna Leela Stories – Vishnu’s 8th Avatar
There is no way to fit the entirety of all the Shri Krishna Leela Stories into one single article. There is just so much to cover, so much to say, so much to learn from Lord Krishna’s time on Earth.
From birth in Mathura, to upbringing in Gokul and Vrindavan, to establishing his own kingdom in Dwarka – then there is of course the epic of the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita. And the story of how Krishna’s departure from this Earth started the dark age of Kalyug.
So for now we will keep things simple and focus on the Shri Krishna Leela Stories as simply and concisely as we can, and the rest will follow soon!
Birth of Shri Krishna
In the ancient kingdom of Mathura, Princa Kansa’s greed for power caused him to imprison his father and become king. His sister Devaki and her husband Vasudev were not harmed however.
One night, a divine voice spoke to Kansa and warned him of a prophecy that Devaki’s eighth child would kill him and end his reign. Kansa reacted angrily and imprisoned Vasudev and Devaki and began killing each of their children. He killed the first six children as soon as they were born.
The seventh child was thought to be a miscarriage. However, the womb was transferred to Rohini, who was Vasudev’s first wife. This child was born and grew up to be Balram.
When the 8th child was born in the middle of the night, which happened to be Shri Krishna,the Gods allowed Vasudev to sneak out of prison with the child and carry him across the Yamuna River to Gokula, to his foster parents, Yashoda and Nanda in Gokul.
Shri Krishna would then grow into an adult with Yashoda and Nanda.