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Story when Krishna fulfills his promise with Kubja

After slaying Kansa, Krishna visits Kubja with Uddhava as promised. Kubja worships Krishna with her companions and offers him a seat of honour. As Kubja readied herself for Krishna, Krishna made himself comfortable with Kubja fulfilling his promise. By embracing him, Kubja’s desire is fulfilled. She requests Krishna to stay with her for some time, however Krishna left for Uddhava’s residence, promising he will fulfil her desires again.

Story when Krishna straightens Kubja’s body and turns her to a beautiful woman

Kubja is a hunchbacked woman from Mathura, who the Hindu god Krishna is described to have rescued and made beautiful. After meeting his friend Sudama, Krishna and his elder brother Balarama walked through the streets of Mathura and encountered Kubja, a young hunchback maidservant of the king Kansa. Kubja was carrying sandalwood paste for the king. Krishna flatters her in a boyish prank tone. The ugly Kubja becomes upset and fells insulted, considering it a sarcastic taunt. However, Krishna explains to her that he was not referring to her physical state but to her inner beauty of the soul and prophesies that the curse of her physical deformity will soon disappear. Krishna asks her to give him the sandalwood paste, which he will deliver it to Kamsa. Kubja is suspicious of Krishna’s intention, but slowly begins to trust him. Kubja fears that Kansa may behead her if she grants Krishna the paste, but Krishna comforts her that he will protect her from the tyrant. She slowly realizes the divine nature of Krishna and is filled with devotion. She comments how she is waiting for him for several lives and the paste was meant for him, ultimately offering the paste as a mark of complete surrender. In sermons, Kubja offers the ointment even without being asked as a gesture of any devotion. After straightening Kubja, she bows to Krishna. Kubja turns in a beautiful woman.

Story of Yogamaya (Yoganidra), Yashoda’s daughter in Mahabharata

Kansa, the ruler of Mathura had decided to kill his sister Devaki’s son Krishna as soon as he was born. In order to protect Krishna from Kansa, Krishna and Yoganidra or Yogamaya were born at the same time from the wombs of Devaki and Yashoda respectively and were exchanged by Vasudeva. Krishna survived as foster son of Yashoda. While Kansa tried to kill Yogamaya, Yashoda’s daughter, she assumes her real form as Devi and flown to sky. She then retired to dwell in Vindhya hills as Vindhyavasini Devi

Story of Devaki & Vasudeva and why Kansa wanted to kill Devaki’s new born babies

During Devaki’s Swayamvara, a war broke out between Sini and Somadatta, that led to a generation of a feud between the two clans. Sini abducted Devaki for his friend Vasudeva. Devaki’s sisters were also married to Vasudeva. After the marriage ceremony, Kansa volunteered to escort the newly-weds to Mathura and drove their chariot. A celestial voice proclaims that “The eighth child of this damsel that you are ferrying shall become your death!” Angered, Kansa rises to kill Devaki but is stopped by Vasudeva who promises to deliver each child to Kansa.

Story when Kansa jailed Devaki & Vasudeva but could not kill Ekanamsha and Krishna

Devaki and Vasudeva were imprisoned by Kansa due to a delusion caused by Narada in Kansa’s mind. Her six children were killed, while the seventh Balarama appeared as a miscarriage and transferred to Rohini’s womb. Devaki’s six dead sons were named Kírttimat, Sushena, Udayin, Bhadrasena, Rijudasa, and Bhadradeha. Devaki soon gave birth to Krishna and the baby was switched with Yashoda’s daughter Ekanamsha by Vasudeva. She protests against the killing of an innocent girl but Kansa hurls her on a rock. The girl transforms into an eight-armed goddess says “Fool your destroyer has already been born elsewhere.” And vanishes into the heavens. Devaki and Vasudeva’s imprisonment came to an end after Kansa’s death.

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