Tales from Srimad Bhagavatam: The Arrogant Doorkeepers Reborn Again – XXVI

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Nilanjana retells the story of oracle about Lord Krishna birth and fear and anger of , in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.

As discussed in a post earlier, Jayah and Vijayah, the door-keepers of Lord Vishnu, were cursed by ’s . Hence, they had to take birth in the world of mortals. Lord Vishnu had them that he would also be born around the same time. The first birth of Jayah and Vijayah was as Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu. Their second birth was Ravana and Kumbakarna. Their third birth was as Kamsa and Sisupala. Their obsessive hatred towards the lord would keep reminding them of Lord Vishnu. Eventually, they would die in his hands. This way they will attain moksha (liberation).

Kamsa was very fond of his Devaki. Her marriage was arranged with Vasudeva. After the marriage celebrations were over, Kamsa decided that he himself would drive the chariot and escort his to her new home.

As the procession began to drive the newly-weds home, a voice from the heavens warned, “You fool! This woman whom you are escorting to her husband’s house will be the cause of your death. The eight born to her will kill you.”

Kamsa was wild with fear and anger. He pulled his sister, Devaki, down and attempted to kill her with his sword. Her husband, Vasudeva, intervened. With a bit of quick thinking, he reasoned with Kamsa. He said that the Oracle did not say that Devaki is personally going to kill her brother. Since the son is destined to kill Kamsa, Vasudev will hand over his children to their maternal uncle. Kamsa thought that was a fair deal and let his sister go.

[To be continued]

Footnote: Srimad Bhagavatam is often called the Bhagavad Purana. Authored by Ved Vyasa, the stories are about the various avatars (incarnations) of Lord Vishnu, also known as Narayana.

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Nilanjana Dey

Nilanjana Dey

A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.
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