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Krsna and Balarama in Talavan

Krsna and Balarama in Talavan

Revealing Their boyhood phase of pastimes, Krsna and His brother Balarama were one day bringing the cows to pasture when They entered an attractive forest decorated with a clear lake. There They began playing forest sports along with Their friends. Tired, Lord Balarama laid His head upon the lap of a cowherd boy and rested as Lord Krsna helped relieve His elder brother’s fatigue by massaging His feet. Then Krsna also placed His head on the lap of a cowherd boy to rest, and another cowherd boy massaged His feet. In this way, Krsna, Balarama and Their cowherd friends enjoyed various pastimes.

During this play, Sridama, Subala, Stoka-krsna and other cowherd boy friends described to Balarama and Krsna a wicked and irrepressible demon named Dhenuka, who had assumed the form of a jackass and was living in the Talavana forest near Govardhana Hill. This forest was full of many varieties of sweet fruits. But fearing this demon, no one dared try to relish the taste of those fruits. Balarama and Krsna, hearing of the situation, set off for this forest to fulfil the desire of Their companions.

Arriving at the Talavana, Lord Balarama shook many fruits out of the palm trees, but as soon as He did so, the jackass demon, Dhenuka, ran swiftly to attack Him. Balarama grabbed his hind legs with one hand, whirled him around and threw him into the top of a tree, thus slaying him.

All of Dhenukasura’s friends, overcome by fury and rushed to attack, but Balarama and Krsna took hold of them one by one, swung them around and killed them, until the disturbance was finally finished.

When Krsna and Balarama returned to the cowherd community, Their mothers Yasoda and Rohini placed Them on their respective laps. They kissed Their faces, fed Them with finely prepared food, and then put Them to bed.

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