Tales from the Hindu Dramatists eBook

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After some time spent in this manner, Sridama takes his leave, and although dismissed with great reverence, departs as poor as he came.  He recollects this on his way back, and consoles himself with observing that wealth intoxicates as well as wine, and that the affection of Krishna is a thing which no one can steal from him.  His disciple is not so submissive, and reminds him that it was not to get mere civility that he was sent on this errand by his wife.

On arrival, they find, instead of the miserable hovel of Sridama, a splendid and extensive town, and that Sridama is in great affliction at the disappearance of his wife, when he is seen and solicited by a Kanchuli or chamberlain, who calls himself his servant, to enter a stately palace.  Sridama, thinking this is a jest upon his poverty, threatens to beat him if he does not depart, but the chamberlain perseveres, and tells him that while he was absent, Krishna had converted his cottage into a town, named after him Sridamapur, and supplied it with every article of use or luxury.  With much reluctance and unyielding incredulity Sridama is prevailed upon to enter the palace, where he finds his wife.

Krishna now comes to pay a visit to his friend.  He arrives in his aerial chariot, accompanied by Satyabhama and the Vidushaka.  His bounties are heartily acknowledged by the object on whom they have been bestowed.

KANSA BADHA

OR

THE DESTRUCTION OF KANSA.

Kansa, the king of Mathura, alarmed by a voice from heaven, that Krishna, the son of his sister, predestined to destroy him, has escaped the precautions taken against him, consults with his minister what he shall do.

The juvenile Krishna performs many exploits.  He accomplishes the destruction of the demon Kesi, one of those infernal beings who in vain attempted to kill the divine child, instigated by their prescience of their fate when he should reach maturity.

Akrura, the paternal uncle of Krishna, repairs to Gokul to invite his nephew to Mathura.  Balarama and Krishna, after bowing to their foster parents, Nanda and Yasoda and receiving their benedictions, depart for Mathura.

The seniors then express their grief for their loss.  While the boys are proceeding on their journey, they are overtaken by a messenger from Radha, in consequence of which Krishna determines to spend some time at Vrindavan.  They resume their journey to Mathura.  On the way, the youths kill the royal elephant of Kansa.  Then they defeat and slay Kansa’s two wrestlers Chanura and Mushtika.  These occurrences are reported to Kansa.  The youths now reach his palace at Mathura and slay him.  The boys are then re-united with their mortal parents Vasudeva and Devaki.  To console Devaki for her brother’s death, Krishna installs her father Ugrasena in the sovereignty of Mathura.

YAYATI CHARITRA.

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