When Krishna had chest pain, he told Sataybhama about it and she offered him juice, tulsi water or milk as cure. But he wanted the dust of feet of his queens as the right treatment for his sickness. The queens were shocked and Narada who was present on this occasion was also surprised by Krishna’s strange request. Narada then told Krishna that nobody would give the Lord of the Universe the dust of their feet. Then Krishna sent Narada to Gokula to talk to Radha and the gopis who were ardent devotees. When Narada went there, the gopis – who were anxious to know from Narada about their lord’s health – were informed of Krishna’s request for the dust of their feet. The love of Radha and the gopis for Krishna was so intense that without second thoughts, they gave the dust of their feet to be given to Krishna for curing his problem. Krishna took this and got cured.
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Interesting Story of Krishna, Satyabhama & Narada – When Krishna asked for dust of feet of his queens for treatment
Motivational Story – When Rukmini’s Tulsi Leaf lifted Krishna’s pan into the air and failed Satyabhama’s wealth
Indian folktales often tell stories of Krishna’s competing wives, especially Rukmini and Satyabhama. A tale narrates how once Satyabhama, proud of her wealth, donated Krishna to the divine sage Narada and pledged to take him back by donating wealth to him as much as Krishna’s weight. Krishna sat on one pan of a weighing scale and Satyabhama filled the other pan with all of the wealth, inherited from her father, but it could not equal Krishna’s weight. The other wives, except Rukmini, followed suit but Krishna’s pan did not leave the ground. The wives requested Satyabhama to approach Rukmini. A helpless Satyabhama asked her foremost rival, Rukmini, for help. Rukmini, who was kidnapped by Krishna, had no wealth of her own. She chanted a prayer and put the holy tulsi leaf in the other pan, as the symbol of her love; removing the wealth of Satyabhama and the other queens from the pan. Krishna’s pan was suddenly lifted into the air and the other pan touched the earth, even though only a tulsi leaf in it.
Among the queens, Satyabhama was most feisty, aggressive, highly temperamental and argumentative. She always used to offer an argument, which Krishna would enjoy. Not only was Satyabhama a very courageous and strong-willed woman, she was also skillful in archery. She even accompanied Krishna to kill the demon Narakasura. While Krishna kills the demon in Krishna-oriented scriptures, Satyabhama, the manifestation of Bhudevi – the mother of Narakasura, kills the demon to fulfil a curse that he will be killed by his mother in Goddess-centric texts. At Satyabhama’s behest, Krishna also defeats Indra, the king of heaven and the gods and gets the celestial parijat tree for her.
The marriage of Satyabhama and Jambavati to Krishna is closely linked to the story of Syamantaka, the precious diamond given by the Sun-god Surya to his devotee Satyajit, father of Satyabhama. Krishna requests Satyajit to present the gem to the Yadava elder Ugrasena, which the latter refuses and instead presents it to his brother Prasena. Prasena wears it on a hunting expedition, where he is killed by a lion, who is in turn killed by Jambavan, the bear-king. When accused by Satyajit of stealing the jewel, Krishna goes in its search and finally following trials of the corpses of Prasena and the lion, confronts Jambavan. After 27/28 day duel, Jambavan – the devotee of Rama surrenders to Krishna, who he realizes is none other than Vishnu. He returns the gem and gives Jambavati to Krishna. When the presumed dead Krishna returns to Dwarka, a humiliated Satyajit begs his forgiveness and offers Satyabhama’s hand in marriage along with the jewel.