This is the story of most dreaded Kaliya and the exploit of Lord Krishna who jumped into the pond, danced on the hood of deadly snake, thereby turning the lake turbid - and when Kaliya surrendered, He benevolently favoured him too….
Kaliya also known as Kalingan was a poisonous Naga living in the Yamuna River, in Vrindavan. Over the years, the water had turned totally poisonous, thereby causing trouble to fish, cattle, birds and all living things. Legend had it that Kaliya had chosen that place as Garuda was prevented from entering there.
Lord Krishna was playing with cowherd colleagues, when the ball fell into the water source. Krishna playfully jumped into it. Kāliya with his anger, rose up emitting poison and wrapped himself around Krishna's body. The folk around and all others were mortally afraid and started praying. Lord Krishna subdued him, sprang into Kāliya's head and danced on its head. The serpent king’s wives came and prayed to Lord Krishna with folded hands. Kāliya, too, recognizing the greatness of Krishna, surrendered, promising he would not harass anybody. Lord Krishna pardoned him and showed him the divine path, once he vowed to eschew violence and fell at His Lotus Feets. The chastising of the Naga King is described in great detail. Lord Krishna whose birth was to subdue envious demons, climbed atop a Kadamba tree and finally changed the very nature of Kalinga.
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