ACK-008: Krishna

Krishna is the very first ACK № 11 (reprinted as №. 501) published on Indian topic. First 10 were published based on international books. It's said that it was revised many times ( check special post HERE).

In Hinduism and Indian mythology Krishna is the eighth avatar or incarnation of lord Vishnu and was born in the Dvarpara Yuga. Krishna is the embodiment of love and divine joy that destroys all pain and sin. Krishna is the protector of sacred utterances and cows. Krishna is a trickster and lover, an instigator of all forms of knowledge and born to establish the religion of love.

The Sanskrit word Krishna has the literal meaning of "black", "dark" or "dark-blue". Krishna is often described as a dark-skinned man during his earthly descent, often depicted as a baby, as a young cowherd boy playing a flute as in the Bhagavata Purana, or as a youthful prince giving philosophical direction and guidance as in the Bhagavad Gita.

Position of Stars at the time of Birth
According to some scholars, Krishna was born on Wednesday, the eighth day of second fortnight in Sravana month in the year of Visvavasu around 3228 BC (July 19th 3228 BC to be more accurate) when, the moon entered the house of Vrishabha in Rohini Nakshatra (star) that Lord appeared, also known as Dwapur Yug. He lived for 125 years and disappeared on February 18th 3102 BC (according to Puranic sources) on the new moon night of Phalguna. His death (it is believed that he disappeared as he appeared, not born) was the onset of the current corrupt age known as Kaliyug. Detailed story of Janmashtami or Lord Krishna's birth has been narrated in Puranas. It is generally celebrated in the month of August-September according to the Christian Calendar. Legend has it that Sri Krishna was born on a dark, stormy and windy night to end the rule and atrocities of his maternal uncle, Kansa.

Events Before The Birth of Sri Krishna
Mathura, a prominent town of Northern India and the birth city of Sri Krishna was ruled by King Ugrasen, a Yaduvanshi (Belonging to the Community of Yadavs). He was a great king loved by his subjects. He had two children, a son Kansa and a daughter Devki. Kansa was quite cruel by nature, his wickedness knew no bounds when he jailed his father and forcefully became the king of Mathura. The people of Mathura were extremely unhappy with the wicked king Kansa. It was to put an end to his evil ways and other demons that Lord Vishnu decided to take birth on Earth in human form. According to Akashvani (heavenly voice) at the wedding of his beloved sister Devki, Kansa got to know that the eighth child of his sister will take birth to kill him. So, in turn he rushed to kill his sister. Kansa gave up the idea of killing after being assured by Vasudev that he will handover all his children to him. Kansa decided to imprison them under close supervision and let them live. Kansa killed all the six infants as soon as they were born. The seventh child (Balram) was saved due to divine intervention, when he was transferred from Devki's womb to that of Rohini's (other wife of Vasudev).

Birth of Balram
Kansa succeeded in killing all the six new born babies of Devki and Vasudev, however the seventh child was saved by divine intervention as the child was transferred from Devki’s womb to that of Rohini's, Vasudev's other wife. Thus Balram, the elder brother of Krishna was born but Kansa thought that Devki had a miscarriage.

Events During the Birth of Lord Krishna
Krishna was born in a prison cell in the captivity of King Kansa. From the time, Devki conceived Sri Krishna, she began to glow and exude divine light. The prison walls glowed with the aura of the new born infant. Atmosphere of peace and happiness prevailed all over, Forests were all green and full of trees with all kinds of beautiful flowers, rivers were all swollen due to joy, peacocks began to dance in sheer joy, people in all villages started being happy. He took birth in divine form with lotus like eyes, his palms bearing the signs of a lotus and discus. He had a swastika sign on his sole. Wearing a yellow colored silk cloth, adorned with precious diamond earrings and a crown made of emeralds. Soon after the birth, a chain of events astonished Vasudev, when he saw the gates of the cell flow open and all the guards fast asleep. He immediately thought of Nand, his close friend in Gokul and decided to handover his child to him in order to save him from the clutch of Kansa.

River Yamuna Bows To The Feet of Sri Krishna
The night of birth was witnessed by heavy rains which led to River Yamuna being in floods. As soon as the feet of Lord immersed in the river, the flow became normal and Yamuna made way for the Lord. Sheshnag, the serpent formed an umbrella to save the new born baby from rain.

Exchange of the Babies
Vasudev kept his child next to fast asleep Yashoda and took the baby girl lying with him back to Mathura. The baby girl is believed to be the sister of Lord Vishnu.

Disappearance of The Divine Child
On hearing the news of birth of the eighth child of Devki and Vasudev, Kansa rushed to the prison-cell and lifted the baby girl to kill her. He paid no heed to Devki’s plead of sparing the girl. However, instead of hitting the stone, the child flew up in the air and announced that the annihilator of Kansa was born and in safe hands. The girl child was none other than Yogmaya (divine illusion).

Army of Demons
King Kansa had an army of demons who helped him spread fear and accomplish his evil tasks. Putana, Bakasura, Aghasura were his close aides.

Ongoing Efforts to Kill the Child
Soon, after getting to know that the eighth child of his sister was born and safely growing in another village, Kansa ordered his soldiers to kill all the one-day old male infants in and around Mathura. He made quite a few unsuccessful attempts to kill the child.

Episode of Putana-The Demoness
As per the instructions of King Kansa, demoness Putana disguised herself as a beautiful woman. Having applied poison on her chest she went from house to house in various towns and villages, feeding all the one day old male infants and killing them. She killed many infants but in the end she was killed by baby Krishna who sucked her life while being fed poisonous milk. The eighth child grew up as Yashoda and Nand’s son in Gokul . As a child, Krishna had great love for his foster-mother Yashoda.

Killing of Demon Trinivarta
On hearing the death of Putana, King Kansa, sent his another servant- demon Trinivarta to kill Sri Krishna. Trinivarta took the form of a whirlwind, and carried the young Krishna away with itself, in the hope of throwing him away. Lord Krishna increased his weight which made the demon unable to move any further. After some time, the weight of Lord Krishna became too heavy for the demon to handle, so he fell on Ground and died.

End of Bakasura
At the instigation of Kansa, his friend Bakasura, changed his form to that of a crane, and went to kill Young Krishna, He hit him with his beak but Lord caught hold of his beak and tore it apart, killing him instantly.

Slaying of King Kansa
King Kansa, tired of the killing of all his servants, invited both his nephews, Balram and Krishna for a wrestling match in Mathura. He made use of elephant Kuvalyapeeda to kill Krishna at the entrance of the arena, Krishna killed him followed by killings of Charuna and Toshalaka- chosen atheletes of Kansa. Krishna went to Kansa, took him by hair and threw him on the ground; finally killing him. The slaying Of Kansa ended his tyrannical rule and people rejoiced and celebrated his death.He re-installed Kamsa's father, Ugrasena, as the king of the Yadavas and became a leading prince at the court.

Before Mahabharata war

In this period, he became a friend of Arjuna and the other Pandava princes of the Kuru kingdom, who were his cousins. Later, he took his Yadava subjects to the city of Dwaraka (in modern Gujarat) and established his own kingdom there.

Krishna married Rukmini, the princess of Vidarbha, by abducting her from her wedding. According to some texts, Krishna had 16,108 wives, of which eight were chief - including Rukmini, Satyabhama and Jambavati. Krishna also married 16,100 maidens who were being held in captivity by demon Narakasura, to save their honor. Krishna killed the demon and released them all. According to strict social custom of the time all of the captive women were degraded, and would be unable to marry, as they had been under the control of Narakasura, however Krishna decided to marry them to reinstate their status in the society. In Vaishnava traditions, Krishna's wives are believed to be forms of the goddess Lakshmi - consort of Vishnu.

The Kurukshetra war and the Bhagavad Gita
Krishna reveals his Vishvarupa form to Arjuna during their discourse of the Bhagavad Gita. Krishna was a cousin to the Pandavas and Kauravas - the two parties in the Kurukshetra war (the Mahabharata war). Once battle seemed inevitable, Krishna offered both sides to choose between having either his army or simply himself, but on the condition that he personally would not raise any weapon. Arjuna, on behalf of the Pandavas, chose to have Krishna on their side, and Duryodhana, chief of the Kauravas, chose Krishna's army. At the time of the great battle, Krishna thus acted as Arjuna's charioteer. The Bhagavad Gita is the advice given to Arjuna by Krishna on the battlefield just prior to the start of the fighting.

Later life
Following the war Krishna lived at Dwaraka for thirty-six years. Then at a festival, a fight broke out between the Yadavas who exterminated each other. His elder brother Balarama then gave up his body using Yoga. Krishna retired into the forest and sat under a tree in meditation. A hunter mistook his partly visible left foot for a deer and shot an arrow wounding him mortally. According to the Mahabharata, Krishna's death was caused by a curse by Gandhari. Her bitter anger after witnessing the death of her sons caused her to utter this curse, because she believed that Krishna did not do enough to stop the war when he had the full capability to do so. Upon learning of the curse, Krishna smiled and accepted it, stating that his duty was to fight for, and protect, the righteous people, not to prevent the war.



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22 comments:

adibud34 July 3, 2008 at 1:07 AM  

Hi, thanks for this comic! Wonderful! But correct me if I'm wrong - didn't Krishna die because that hunter thought his foot was a deer's foot? Did he just disappear or did he accidently get shot by an arrow? I think there was a curse on him right, which is why that happened?

Prabhat's Books and Comics July 3, 2008 at 2:22 AM  

adibud34: He was believed to be shot by a hunter (Bali in his previous life) by mistake. Lord Krishna used to keep a peacock feather on his head. When He was resting in a forest, the hunter shot Him by mistake. When the hunter came to know whom he has actually shot, he regretted it very much. But Lord Krishna informed him about his previous life in which he was Bali (who was killed by Lord Rama). It is believed that he was God he couldn’t die, but as he came in this world he had to follow the law of earth. His body was disappeared after that his soul left the body. One can find his whole life from childhood to last day of life in various old literatures, but not the funerals.

adibud34 July 3, 2008 at 7:37 AM  

Thanks, Prabhat. That was very informative - BTW, did you mean Bali or Vali? The brother of Sugreeva, right, or did you mean the Asura king? You know the whole Ramayana would have been avoided if Vali had just gone to Lanka and kicked Ravana! But I personally have one character I totally despise in the Ramayana - that Vibheeshana! Such a big blood traitor, he was!

SagNik July 3, 2008 at 9:00 AM  

I love d tales of Krishan,articles on him OR SIMPLY these ACK-Krishna series as there r many issues on Krishna!!
But I wish to correct one fact,THERE WERE indeed #1 to #10 ACKs bit those were NOT by IBH(But same banner style),coloring was bi-color n strories like Aladin/Cyndarels etc fairy-tales,,,later IBH took d publicatn & so these NEVER considered as main ACK-series .Thus IBH ACK starts frm No.11 only!

Prabhat's Books and Comics July 3, 2008 at 11:52 AM  

adibud34: I meaned the brother of Sugreeva. Yes know about the Ramayana incidents.
dara: your information is very intereseting, never read before. Can you provide the list or scans or site from where we can read more about it?

Anonymous July 4, 2008 at 1:51 AM  

Simply awesome!:)

ruchi July 4, 2008 at 4:42 AM  

thank you , keep up the good work

SagNik July 4, 2008 at 9:05 AM  

As those 10 issues were NOT published by IBH,the major publisher of ACKs,,those were NEVER reprinted,,
As I said,stories were like Fairy-tales,,coloring was only pink/blue OR orange/white conmbo,,later frm No.11 IBH initiate their journey,n may be to keep d continutn,they numbered their 1st issue as No.11!!

Apoorva Chandar July 4, 2008 at 7:58 PM  

this is a great site...got to know about this site when i visited thecomicproject...

keep it up guys..

i used to love amar chitra katha (and indrajal comics) when i was a kid...visiting this site brings back those good old memories...

கோகுல் சத்தியமூர்த்தி July 4, 2008 at 11:59 PM  

Good Work Guys. Thanks a lot for the hard work y'all put into this.

Ajnaabi July 5, 2008 at 2:58 PM  

Hello, Prabhat. Just dropped in here today. Beautiful Blog u have converted it into. Keep up the great works. :)
Downloaded "Krishna" today. Thanks for it. But after i saw it i realised that this issue is NOT the original "NO.11" one. It must have been a redesigned issue in the future by IBH.... ... maybe they might have lost the REAL old unique one. I have a DIFFERENT "IBH KRISHNA" as a bengali version. (The cover is the same, but the internal pages r different with better artworks. If someone want to go for a scanlation project (from bengali to english)with it, drop me a line, for the scan of that UNIQUE issue.

Anonymous July 6, 2008 at 12:29 AM  

Hello Ajnaabi,

Please upload the "scanlation" version if you can! It sounds interesting.

Dhaval July 6, 2008 at 12:32 AM  

Hello Prabhat/CW,
I was waiting for this issue for a long time.. Thanks a lot.
I really appreciate the efforts that you all are putting in to it. Keep up the good work.

Prabhat's Books and Comics July 6, 2008 at 12:41 AM  

ajnaabi: Very glad to see you here. Thank you very much for your scans, it helped a lot. As my goal is post all ACK in this blog, your support is much needed. Pls scan the original version, I think one of my friends will help. Why only English, will be glad to add the original Bengali version too.

Prabhat's Books and Comics July 6, 2008 at 1:49 AM  

anonymous: Welcome.
ruchi: Welcome.
apoorva chandar: Welcome friend. There are some IJC (55 eng+10 Hindi) in my personal blog. Check it.
gokul sathiyamoorthy: Our friends are enjoying it is the best rewards for us. Keep visiting.
dm: Collective work always make any work easy. I’m really very thankful to CW who trusted me to post his scans.

Comic World July 6, 2008 at 11:10 PM  

Thanks to all those who appreciated the comic.Prabhat you deserve to be trusted for all the selfless efforts which you are putting behind this ACK project,thanks to you for reviving this blog.

jerome July 7, 2008 at 2:40 AM  

you did a great job here! I read a few of the comics when I was little, and now I can continue :)

greetings from germany
j

Prabhat's Books and Comics July 7, 2008 at 9:49 PM  

jerome:Welcome!Keep visiting, your active visit will encourage our contributor friends and us.

acme2ajax July 15, 2008 at 7:34 PM  

Hi,
this is in reference to ACK 1-10.
i think ack did publish these issues but for some reason did not republish them ( as can be established frm the fact that they started from Krishna 501).
However, if i remember correctly, i came across a book on Parmahansa Yogananda, numbered ACK#3. i think these are rare books..i hav since misplaced this book for which i will always regret....

Prabhat's Books and Comics July 15, 2008 at 8:12 PM  

dear friend, Dara answer the question.

I also listened about Parmahansa Yogananda from the scanner of "Draupati", but other friends who have almost all ACK not confirmed it, but not rejected too. No authentic source I found to confirm it. I will personally will glad to find out I was wrong.

Anonymous July 23, 2008 at 11:38 AM  

cool .... more ACK`s brings back those childhood memories .....

thanx 4 that ....

bt problem with "C S Azad" book .... last pages r missing ....

can any1 plz upload ONLY those last pages & post it here .... & not entire book ......

last pages besides its tiltle ....

hope some1 does it ....

Prabhat's Books and Comics July 31, 2008 at 1:40 PM  

Dear friends! I revised the text- "The very first ACK № 11 (reprinted as №. 501). There are no issues assigned numbers 1 to 10." Dara is saying facts, soon few of first 10 will be posted.

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