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The Killing of the Demoness Pûtanâ

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 The Killing of the Demoness Pûtanâ

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'Nanda on his way [home] thought that the words of the son of S'ûra [Vasudeva] were not without a purpose and thus took he, apprehensive of difficulties ahead, shelter of the Lord. (2) As arranged by Kamsa [see 10.4: 43] was there a ghastly murderess who roamed the cities, towns and villages to kill babies. (3) [Now,] wherever one does one's duty and knows to listen and that all [in bhakti], can't there, by the Protector of the Devotees, be no question of cries for murder of ogres and bad elements. (4) That one called Pûtanâ, who could travel by air, once flew to the village of Nanda, converted herself by mystic power into a beautiful woman and entered there just moving about as she desired. (5-6) With her hair arrangement with mallikâ [jasmine] flowers, her very big breasts and hips which outweighed her slim waist, with her fine apparel and the earrings she wore, the brilliance and great attraction of her face surrounded by her black hair and with her appealing glancing at everyone, she attracted with her beauty the attention of everyone in Gokula; to the gopîs it seemed that she, so ravishing with a lotus in her hand, was the goddess of beauty who had come to see her Husband. (7) The baby murderess in the house of Nanda unchecked looking for children saw there lying the Child Putting an End to all Untruth whose unlimited power was covered, just like fire hidden within ashes. (8) Understanding that she was there to kill babies closed He, the Unlimited Soul of the Animate and Inanimate, His eyes the moment she, unaware like someone who takes a sleeping snake for a rope, placed Him, her own death, on her lap. (9) Evil minded trying it like a mother was she like a sharp sword in a nice scabbard, the way she was seen in the room by the two mothers who under the influence of her beauty being impressed stood nailed to the ground. (10) The horror of her placing Him on her lap pushed right there her breast, as a weapon poisoned, in His mouth, but in response squeezed the Supreme Lord her painfully hard with both His hands and sucked He vehemently both the poison and the life out of her. (11) Stressed in all her being she loudly wailing cried 'Help, help me; enough!' and spread her eyes wide open, sweating profusely while she struggling tossed about her legs and arms. (12) The sound of her made the earth with its mountains and outer space with all its stars above and worlds below in all directions tremble with people falling flat to the ground to the vibrations afraid to be hit by lightening. (13) Thus tormented at her breasts squirming, gave she up her life with her mouth wide open and her arms, legs and hair all spread out. Next she expanded to her original demoniac form falling down in the pasturing grounds o King, like Vritrâsura being killed by the bolt of Indra [see 6.12]. (14) Her body in the process of falling down smashed all trees twelve miles around, o King, as it most wonderfully was gigantic.

(15-17) The gopas and gopîs, who in their hearts, ears and heads were already shocked by the loud screaming, were terrified to see that massive body of which the mouth had teeth as high as a plow, the nostrils were like mountain caves, the breasts were as boulders, the wild hair scattered looked like copper, the deep eye sockets were like blind wells, the thighs were like river banks with the limbs as bridges and the abdomen was as a dried up lake. (18) And on top of it was there the child, fearlessly playing, which quickly was picked up by the gopîs who all thrown in excitement came near. (19) Together with Yas'odâ and Rohinî waved they a cow's tail around the child in order to assure it a full protection against all dangers. (20) With cow's urine was the child thoroughly washed and again covered with dust thrown up by cows. Next applied they for the child's protection as well the Holy Name in twelve places with cow-dung [*]. (21) The gopîs took a sip of water [âcamana] and after placing the letters of the [following **] mantra on their own bodies and two hands, they then proceeded so with the child: (22-23) 'May Aja protect Your legs, may Manimân protect Your knees, may Yajña protect Your thighs, may Acyuta protect You above the waist, may Hayagrîva protect Your abdomen, may Kes'ava protect Your heart, may Îs'a protect Your chest, may Sûrya protect Your neck, may Vishnu protect Your arms, may Urukrama protect Your mouth and may Îs'vara protect Your head. May Cakrî protect You from the front; may the Supreme Personality of Gadâdharî, the carrier of the club, protect You from the back; and may the killer of Madhu and Ajana, the carrier of the bow and the sword protect Your two sides. May Lord Urugâya, the carrier of the conch shell, protect You from all corners; may Upendra protect You from above; may [the One riding] Garuda protect You on the ground; and may the Supreme Person of Haladhara, protect You on all sides. (24) May Your senses be protected by Hrishîkes'a, Your life-air by Nârâyana, may the Master of S'vetadvîpa protect the core of Your heart and may Your mind be guarded by Yoges'vara. (25-26) May Pris'nigarbha protect Your intelligence, may Your soul be protected by Bhagavân, may Govinda protect You when You play and may Mâdhava protect You in Your sleep. May the Lord of Vaikunthha protect You when You walk, the Husband of the Goddess of Fortune protect You when You sit down and may Lord Yajñabhuk, the fear of all evil planets, protect You enjoying life. (27-29) The demoniac women, devils and haters of children that are like bad stars; the evil spirits, hobgoblins, ghosts and spooks, the ogres, monsters and witches like Kotharâ, Revatî, Jyeshthhâ, Mâtrikâ and Pûtanâ who drive people mad, are the ones who bewilder the memory and give trouble to one's body, life-air and vitality. May those nightmare-beings causing so much difficulties attacking the most wise and the children all be vanquished, scared off by the chanting of the names of Vishnu'.

(30) S'rî S'uka said: 'This way were by the elderly gopîs, thus bound by their maternal affection, all measures taken to ward off the evil. Next gave mom Him the nipple and put she her son in bed. (31) In the meantime had the gopas headed by Nanda returned from Mathurâ and when they in Vraja saw Pûtanâ's body were they all struck with great wonder [and said]: (32) 'It must be so, o friends, that Ânakadundubhi has grown into a great master of yoga or something, this indeed we can see now because this is the kind of situation he predicted!' (33) The mass of the body was with the help of axes by all the inhabitants of Vraja cut in pieces and, taken away a long distance, thrown down, covered with wood and burned to ashes. (34) And as they burned the body proved the smoke emanating to be as serenely fragrant as aguru incense because, being sucked by Krishna, it had instantly been freed from all contaminations [see also 1.2: 17]. (35-36) If Pûtanâ, that child murderess and she-devil hankering for blood, despite of her lust to destroy, after offering her breast to the Lord, could attain the supreme destination, then what to speak of those with faith and devotion who have an affinity alike indeed those affectionate mothers to whom Krishna, the Supreme Personality, is the dearmost? (37-38) With His lotus feet, which the devotees always have in their hearts and which are held in devotion by those praised everywhere [like Brahmâ and S'iva], trod the Supreme Lord her body and her breast and went she, even though she was a murderess, taking the position of a mother, to heaven; what would that mean to the motherly cows from the teats of whom Krishna enjoyed the milk? (39-40) From all women from whose love for the child the milk was flowing that He, the Supreme Lord, the bestower of Oneness, Giver of Liberation and son of Devakî, drank to His satisfaction; from all those who constantly made Krishna their maternal concern, may one never think, o King, that they would return to the material ocean where one lusts in ignorance [see also B.G. 4: 9].

(41) Smelling the fragrance of the smoke emanating wondered all the inhabitants of Vrajabhûmi: 'Where is it coming from?' and thus speaking with one another reached they the cow-village. (42) Getting there were they greatly surprised to hear what the gopas all had to say about the havoc Pûtanâ had created, how she had died and what all for the good of the baby was done. (43) Nanda taking his son on his lap as if He had returned from death, simple and straight smelled His head and achieved the highest peace o best of the Kurus. (44) Any mortal who with faith and devotion should hear of this wonderful Krishna childhood pastime of the salvation of Pûtanâ will grow fond of Govinda ['the Protector of the Cows'].' 

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SOURCE: Translation: Anand Aadhar Prabhu, http://bhagavata.org/

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