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Cart Demon

Cart Demon

When Krishna was a baby, He had been placed underneath a household handcart, but this handcart was actually another form of the Sakatasura, a demon who had come there to kill the child. Now, on the plea of demanding to suck His mother’s breast, Krsna took this opportunity to kill the demon. Although Krsna’s mother was engaged in receiving guests, He wanted to draw her attention by killing the Sakatasura, and therefore he kicked that cart-shaped demon.

Although His little legs were as soft as leaves, when He struck the cart with His legs, it turned over violently and collapsed. The wheels separated from the axle, the hubs and spokes fell apart, and the pole of the handcart broke. On the cart there were many little utensils made of various metals, and all of them scattered hither and thither.

When Mother Yasoda and the other ladies and all the men, headed by Krsna´s father, Nanda Maharaja, saw the wonderful situation, they began to wonder how the handcart had collapsed by itself. They began to wander here and there, trying to find the cause, but were unable to do so.

“Is it the work of some demon or evil planet?” they asked. At that time, the small children present asserted that the cart had been kicked apart by the baby Krsna. As soon as the crying baby had kicked the cart’s wheel, the cart had collapsed. There was no doubt about it. The assembled ladies and men, unaware that Krishna is always unlimited, could not believe the statements of the children, and therefore they neglected these statements as being childish talk.

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