Daily Archives: October 14, 2014

Glories of Lord Hari-The deliverance of Manigriva and Nalakuvera

You can read the first part here

Krishna stood for some time fuming. He looked at the rope which tied him to the mortar and fumed some more. ‘First she doesn’t feed me and then she ties me to this mortar, huh…….I should do some mischief which makes her realize her mistake’, he thinks.

And so saying he starts dragging the mortar.

He goes a long way crawling in the backyard dragging the mortar when he looks up and sees two Yamala Arjuna trees and then he smiles


Long long ago, when Narada is airborne to one of the celestial planets, he chances upon Manigriva and Nalakuvera; the two sons of Kubera, the treasurer of Heaven.

As Kubera is dear to Narada, he rushes down to meet his sons. But the sons heavily intoxicated and surrounded by apsaras; the celestial girlsĀ  are having a jolly time in the lake.

While the girls try to cover themselves with their hands, bow down in front of Narada in respect and then rush off in shame; the two young men remain standing without bothering to cover themselves or offering any respect to the great saint Narada.

Narada is torn apart looking at the two brothers. ‘Their father is such a saint with so many noble qualities and here are his sons, intoxicated no doubt with alcohol and their father’s wealth’, he thinks.

‘So you are so fond of remaining upright and that too without any clothes, is it?’, he says pointing to their nakedness and to their refusal to bow down at his feet, ‘so let me fulfill your wishes…..from now on you become trees. Then there is no need to cover yourself or to bow down to anybody’.

These words of Narada jolts them out of their intoxicated selves. And they fall at Narada’s feet asking for forgiveness.

Narad being merciful, says to them, ‘ I can’t take back my words but yes I can make it into a benediction. Go and become trees in Brijdham. In Dwapar Yuga when Krishna appears in Nanda Baba’s house, he will only releaseĀ  you.

The two listen to Narada’s words and do likewise and so they stand as trees for hundreds of years meditating on Krishna


And so Krishna looks at the twin trees and smiles for he remembers his pure devotee-Narada’s words.

And so he comes near the trees. There is only a tiny gap in between the trees which only a child can cross. He edges across but the mortar is stuck. Krishna looks back and then gives a tug to the rope and so great is his might that the two trees topple down and the two celestial beings step out.


The bow down and sing beautiful prayers and then Krishna blesses them and says, ‘Now that you have learnt your lesson, go back to your place’.

Meanwhile the Gopas; the friends of Lala are in shock looking at the happenings and stand agape.

Yashoda and Nanda hearing the loud voice rush to the spot. Yashoda immediately takes Krishna on her lap while Nanda unties the rope. Nanda starts chastising Yashoda for punishing Krishna when the Gopas come running and narrate what all that has happened.

‘You and your imagination’, Yashoda says, ‘two celestial beings stepping out of the trees and what not… It is definitely someones evil eye which tried to harm my lala. I must go to the Devi’s temple near the Yamuna in the evening and thank Her for saving my son’s life’.

Such is Yashoda’s love. The Lord lies in her lap and she takes care of him as a small defenseless boy.

Krishna meanwhile smiles and winks at his friends.

*pictures courtesy google images



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