5 Childhood Stories of Lord Krishna for Children

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Written by Arunima

Lord Krishna is considered the most colorful character in Indian mythology. His mischievous nature, his love for his friends and stories of his childhood are narrated in every household. Kids love him and grown-ups adore him, in whatever form he is worshiped, be it infant eating butter, the young boy playing the flute, with Radha – the love of his life, or in his larger-than-life avatar giving a discourse to Arjun on the battlefield at Kurukshetra.

Here are 5 stories from the life of Krishna that kids love:

Krishna and Arishtasura

Krishna’s Uncle, the evil king Kamsa, tries every method to kill Krishna. On one occasion, he sends Arishtasura, the wild bull demon to Vrindavan. On reaching Vrindavan, the demon creates havoc, uprooting trees, destroying the houses and scaring away the villagers.

Lord Krishna killing the demon bull arishtasura

The villagers run to Krishna, who is playing with his friends on the banks of the Yamuna river. He sees that the bull is no ordinary bull, but a demon in disguise. He takes the bull by its horns and flings him around, finally shattering his horns.

When the bull is thus subdued, the spirit leaves the body of the bull and bows before Krishna. He tells him that he was actually a disciple of Brihaspati, the deva-guru (Guru of the Gods) who disrespected his teacher and had thus been cursed to be a demon till he would be find his release at the hands of the Lord.

Read the complete story here.

Krishna and Keshi

When Krishna defeats the bull demon Arishtasura, the sage Narada goes to Kamsa and tells him that Krishna is indeed Devaki and Vasudev’s eighth born, who will be the cause of Kamsa’s end.

krishna and Kesi

Infuriated, Kamsa calls upon the long-haired horse demon, Keshi to kill Krishna. Keshi takes the form of a huge horse and scares the villagers of Vrindavan. Krishna challenges Keshi to a duel and knocks out all his teeth with his elbow. He then thrusts his elbow into the demon’s mouth choking him to death, earning him the name Keshava – the one who destroyed Keshi.

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Krishna Tames The Serpent, Kaliya

Once Krishna and his friends were playing by the banks of Yamuna with their ball. The ball falls into the river, where the poisonous hundred and ten-headed serpent Kaliya lives with his family.

Krishna kills black snake kaliya with multiple mouths

Kaliya was blinded by hatred and his venom had started poisoning the waters of Yamuna. Krishna dives into the waters to retrieve the ball, and encounters Kaliya. He orders Kaliya to stop poisoning the water and live peacefully, Blinded by rage, Kaliya refuses.

Krishna fights the giant serpent. Krishna assumes the weight of the entire universe and dances on the naga’s head, soon overpowering him. He then tells Kaliya to leave Vrindavan and the river and never return.

Krishna Saves The Villagers Under Giri Govardhan

Each year, the villagers of Vrindavan would make elaborate offerings to Lord Indra, to appease him. Krishna saw this and questioned the practice, debating that the ‘karma’ of the villagers lay in doing their duty towards their farms and cattle.

lord krishna lifting mountain giri govardhan

He argued that the Giri Govardhan (Govardhan Mountain) had a larger role to play in the life of the villagers than Lord Indra as Govardhan provided fodder for their cattle. Reluctantly, the villagers agreed and stopped the annual festival. Indra, in his vanity, was furious and sent torrential rains and floods to Vrindavan. The villagers approached Krishna and asked him to rescue them, since it was because of him that Indra was angry.

Krishna then grew in size and picked up Govardhan Giri (hill) with the little finger of his left hand, making a giant umbrella under which all villagers could take refuge. For seven days and seven nights, the rains did not abate. Finally Indra realized his mistake and accepted defeat.

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Krishna eats mud

Once when Krishna was still a toddler, he was tagging along with elder brother Balarama and his friends as they collected fruits from the courtyard.

Yashoda sees entire world in lord krishna mouth

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Unable to reach the trees like his elder brother, he picked off dirt from the ground and crammed his mouth full of it. When the other children saw what he was doing, they ran to mother Yashoda and told her that Krishna was eating mud. Yashoda ran out to Kanha (as she used to call him lovingly) and asked him if he was indeed eating mud. Scared to open his mouth he nodded his head, saying no.

Yashoda then told him to open his mouth, but Kanha was afraid he would get a scolding, so he kept his mouth shut tight. Yashoda looked at him sternly and ordered him to show the inside of his mouth. He looked at Yashoda and opened his mouth. When Yashoda peered into it, she saw the entire universe inside – the earth and mountains and seas and galaxies and stars, every moving and stationary object, all the planets and moons. She was dumbstruck. When Kanha closed his mouth, she looked at him with a new respect, for she now understood that this was no ordinary child, but the Lord himself.

Which are your favorite stories from Kanha’s life. Tell us in the comments below.

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