Sri Radhe-Krsna's playful pastimes (vihara)

Sri Radhe-Krsna's playful pastimes (vihara) - Sankari-khor

At this dana ghati, Sri Krsna and His gopa friends would become tax collectors and demand milk, yoghurt and butter
as toll-tax from the gopis. When the gopis refused to give any tax, Krsna would forcibly plunder and relish their milk products.

The gopis, being tired of these daily encounters, decided one day to retaliate strongly. They decided that on a chosen day they would all hide in the caves and dense kunjas on the hill on both sides of the narrow pathway. A few gopis would then cross Sankari-khor carrying pots of milk, yoghurt and butter on their heads. The plan was that the moment Krsna and His sakhas would stop them and try to plunder their load, the gopis would call out to their friends hiding nearby, who would at once descend from their hideouts. Then, under the leadership of Lalita, they would teach Krsna and His sakhas a good lesson.

And so it happened that the next day thousands and thousands of gopis divided into groups and hid themselves in the dense kunjas and large caves around Sankari-khor. Then, as usual, a few gopis placed pots of milk and yoghurt on their heads and made their way towards Sankari-khor. Krsna, Madhumangala and the other sakhas obstructed their path and forcibly began to plunder their milk and yoghurt. At once, these gopis signalled the gopis who were hiding, and a wonderful pastime took place. Five to ten gopis forcefully caught hold of Krsna. Another five to ten caught hold of Madhumangala, and further groups captured Subala, Arjuna, and the other sakhas. They slapped their cheeks till they were swollen. They then tied the tuft of hair on the back of their heads (sikhas) to the branches of the trees and asked them," What pleasure is there in plundering our yoghurt? Will you ever do it again?" Madhumangala folded his hands and prayed at the feet of Lalita. "Please spare me. I was very hungary. I am a simple brahmana boy who fell under the influence of that fickle Krsna. I shall never behave like this again." The gopis thus taught the sakhas a lesson.

Srimati Radhika, Visakha and some other gopis had captured Krsna. They slapped His cheeks a few times and then forcibly dressed Him like a woman with a blouse and skirt. They even put vermilion in the parting of His hair, bangles on His arms, anklets on His feet, and so on. They covered half His face with a veil, placed a pot of yoghurt on His head and began to make fun of Him by demanding tax on the yoghurt. From the top of the hill, Lalita sakhi aimed a stone at the pot of yoghurt on Krsna's head, breaking it and drenching His whole body. All the sakhis began to laugh and clap, and Syama felt very ashamed. "Will You dare to demand tax on our yoghurt ever again?" they asked. "Hold your ears and vow,' From today, I will never try to tax the gopis yoghurt.'" They forced Krsna to repeat this.
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  • Shree Radheyyyyyyyyyy
    very nice
    but one thing I want to knw
    kya sach me iske baad krishna ne
    tax lena band kr diya tha??
  • Radhe Radhe mataji
  • it is very nice story, mataji ....
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