Mathura, 2016.11.10 (VT): Kamsa Vadh was celebrated in Mathura on Thursday. The town of Mathura became alive and colorful on this day. An effigy of Kamsa was made and people gathered around for thrashing it as an enactment of the pastime of Krishna.
It is celebrated as a commemoration of freedom from the cruel king Kamsa and Lord Krishna’s bravery for killing him. A grand procession of Krishna and Balaram sitting on elephant was taken out through the city. Several tableau of various pastimes were also taken out in the procession.
The Young boys of the Chaturvedi clan, carried ‘lathis’ (sticks) in their hands walked with the procession. They wore the traditional clothes of Mathura. The devotees stood in queue in both sides of the road to witness Krishna Balaram going to kill Kansa. They showered flowers on the procession.
Finally, the procession reached to the place where the effigy of Kamsa was kept. People began to beat the effigy with the lathis, after getting permission from the Lord. The effigy was ripped into the pieces, as the celebration reached the climax.
This day falls on tenth day of Shukla Paksha of Kartik month of Hindu Lunar Calendar. It is celebrated to commemorate the killing of King Kamsa, the ruler of Mathura by Lord Krishna. Various cultural activities like dance music and dramas portraying the pastimes of Lord Krishna and enactments of many of his legends took place.
Kamsa was the maternal uncle of Lord Krishna and Balaram, and the King of Mathura. Narada Muni informed Kamsa that he would be killed by Devaiki’s (Kamsa’s sister) eighth son.
In spite of killing off all of Devaki’s sons right after birth, Lord Krishna and Balarama was safe in Nanda Baba’s house. On hearing that the eighth child, Lord Krishna had survived, Kansa made numerous attempts to kill him but failed. After his final attempt, Kansa was killed by Lord Krishna and this is celebrated as ‘Kansa Vadh’.
The festival was organized by Mathur Chaturved Parishad.
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