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Putana

 

Other names: Pootna, Putna

 

 

Ladies who kidnap children are called ‘Putana’. There were many Putanas roaming around in Mathura. There was one giantess in them who was very cruel and wicked. She could transform herself into any form and could fly in the sky and go anywhere. Kans had kept her at his palace. When Kans flung Yogmaya (daughter of Yashoda) on the ground, she transformed into Ashtabhuja (Goddess Durga) and went high in the sky and said, “The one who will kill you has already been born in Gokul”.

Putana- A Demonic Giantess

Putana- A Demonic Giantess

Then Kans called Putna and said, “Go to Gokul and kill all the children”. Putana transformed herself into a beautiful milkmaid. On seeing this beautiful lady, the Gopis (milkmaids) of Vraj thought her to be the Goddess Lakshmi herself. At Nandbaba’s house, the Shashthi Pujan (worship done on the sixth day, after a child is born) was going on. After the pooja, Krishna was kept in the cradle and the Gopis were rocking the cradle one by one. Putana was so magnanimous that none of the Gopis questioned her. As soon as she came, Putna picked up Krishna whose eyes were closed and covered him with her cloth and started breast-feeding him. She had put poison on her breast. Krishna started drinking milk and pressed her breast vigorously.

 

Then Kans called Putna and said, “Go to Gokul and kill all the children”. Putana transformed herself into a beautiful milkmaid. On seeing this beautiful lady, the Gopis (milkmaids) of Vraj thought her to be the Goddess Lakshmi herself. At Nandbaba’s house, the Shashthi Pujan (worship done on the sixth day, after a child is born) was going on.

Lord Krishna Killed The Demon Giantess Putana.

Lord Krishna Killed The Demon Giantess Putana.

Putna told him to leave her but Krishna started pressing her breast harder. Putna started perspiring. She tried to get herself out of Krishna’s hold but fell down in the Cow pen.

 

As soon as she fell, she was transformed into her original form, a demonic giantess. She was looking very horrible. But Krishna was still playing on her breast. Yashoda was very scared and started crying.  When she went to the cowpen and saw a giantess lying dead and Krishna playing on her chest. Yashoda picked up Krishna immediately and went inside. This was the end of Putana’s Jeevanleela (play of life) and she got salvation.

As soon as she fell, she was transformed into her original form, a demonic giantess. She was looking very horrible. But Krishna was still playing on her breast. Yashoda was very scared and started crying.  When she went to the cowpen and saw a giantess lying dead and Krishna playing on her chest.

There is a story behind Putna’s act. In her previous life she was the daughter of demon King Bali. Her name was Ratnamala. Lord Krishna in his Vaman Avtaar once went to Yakshashala (house of a demi- god). There, Ratnamala saw him and she immediately got a motherly feeling for him and thought in her mind, “ I wish I could breast feed this child.” Lord Krishna could read her mind and so said, “So be it.” Later, when Krishna won over King Bali and took away everything from him, Ratnamala was very furious and developed a feeling of enmity for Krishna and again thought, “If I get him as a child, I will breast feed him with poisoned milk.” Krishna again said, “So be it.” Hence in this life, she came as Putana to breast-feed Krishna and with poisoned milk, thus, both her wishes were fulfilled and she attained salvation at the hands of Krishna.

There, Ratnamala saw him and she immediately got a motherly feeling for him and thought in her mind, “ I wish I could breast feed this child.” Lord Krishna could read her mind and so said, “So be it.” Later, when Krishna won over King Bali and took away everything from him, Ratnamala was very furious and developed a feeling of enmity for Krishna and again thought, “If I get him as a child, I will breast feed him with poisoned milk.” Krishna again said, “So be it.”

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