Krishna Slays Bakasura, the Crane Demon: Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Vishnu)

The gopas (cowherds) of Brindavan were drinking at a tank when they were suddenly disrupted by Bakasura, a demon sent by Kamsa to kill Krishna. The demon swallows the god but is quickly forced by the intense heat in its throat to disgorge him. Krishna then grabs Bakasura’s beak and breaks it in two.

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