Lord Krishna’s childhood story
Sakha Bhadra came close and asked- “Kanu! What are you doing?”
He had sensed someone in the barn and had come to see who it was.
Cows, calves, and bulls have all gone to graze. None of the servants have arrived to clean the barn. Only the newly-delivered cows and their calves sit in one end of the barn.
Cow dung, cow urine and the left-over grass trampled by their hooves lies scattered all over the barn. Currently, the barn is unclean.
At this hour, Kanhai has secretly entered the barn. He just woke up from sleep and before his Maiya could spot him he’s into the barn.
Bhadra is often seen with Baba. After getting the cows milked, Baba has gone to escort the cows with the gopas a little away from the village. Hence Bhadra was about to leave homewards for breakfast, but since he had sensed someone in the barn, he had immediately turned this way.
Kanhai is only three years old. Currently, He is wearing a very loose bloomer (Kachni) on his waist. The kajal dots on his forehead have smudged. The kohl of his eyes has smudged till his cheeks. His hair is disheveled. His earrings are peeking through his curls. Little Kanhai is sitting cross-legged.
At last, Bhadra came and stood leaning against Shyam Sundara’s left-hand side. He ended up asking him- “What are you doing?”
Little Krishna busy
“I am making a Devata!”- He lifted his face covered by his curly locks and looked at his Sakha- “You get me some gobar (Cowdung).”
“How big shall be your Devata?”- Indeed, Bhadra too liked this idea of making a devata.
But he is a little doubtful-
“Maharishi Shandilya makes a clay devata and he makes it small.”
Well, Bhadra has possibly seen Maharishi Shandilya perform deity worship. If he were to make it that big, then enough gobar lies before him.
Then, Why does he ask for more?
Bhadra asked- “Will you use Gobar to make the deity?”
Shyam said- “Why not! Gobar is purer than clay. Didn’t Maiya say that yesterday? Gobar will give us a better Devata. I will make a big devata. You go and get me some cow dung!”
Indeed, this could be why the govardhana custom has begun. Also, this must have inspired Samartha Swami Ramadas to make Shenmaruti.
In Marathi, we call Gobar ‘Shen’. Hence, ‘Shenmaruti’ (Hanuman idols made out of cow dung) established by Samartha Swami Ramadasa are innumerable in Maharashtra.
“Okay, Make!”- Bhadra too has fancied this job. To the best of his ability he collects gobar in his tiny palms and puts it before Shyam. Kanhai has already made a small mound of gobar between his two half-spread legs. Piling the gobar brought by Bhadra, he taps it with both his hands. Thus, he is busy making the mound larger.
His Kachni, buttocks, thighs, feet and legs are completely soiled in Gobar.
Also, there is cow dung on His two lotus hands. His thighs, knees, his entire feet, everywhere you see cow dung. Even his chest is also not left untouched, and Bhadra’s feet and hands are all soiled in Gobar. He brings enough gobar towards his feet, thus soiling his bottom.
Yashoda and Baby Krishna
Now, Maiya suddenly arrives in the barn. Bhadra has not reached home and Kanhai is also not visible. So both must surely be in the barn, she had already guessed it.
When Maiya came, Dau dada also followed her. Eventually, on seeing his younger brother make mounds of gobar, he came forward and sat leaning against him. He then inquired curiously- “Shall I make it? What are you making?”
“I am making a Devata.” Shyam lifted his face and looked at his mother as if to ask whether he was doing the right thing.
Maiya sweetly laughed and said- “Are you all any less than a devata? Now leave the clay deity, and come and take a bath, take breakfast. Worship the devata sometime later.”
Would Maiya listen? Immediately, she lifted Shyam on her lap and held Bhadra’s hand. The gobar can soil her clothes, this she has never thought of.
Now, the Devata must wait a bit more to grow in size.
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