Performance of Indra -Yajana had been a
practice in Vraj right since ancient times. These
yajanas were performed to thank Lord Indra for timely rains.
Gokul was also preparing for this yajana.
So, Yashoda sent all her
Gopis to make preparations for the aforesaid Yajana and
she sat down churning curd. Krishna was enjoying a sound
sleep at that time. Suddenly he woke up and insisted on suckle.
Yashoda leaving her job of churning began to suckle her son. She had kept some milk on the fireplace for boiling. All of a sudden,
the milk boiled and began to spill out of the vessel. Seeing this,
Yashoda ran towards the fireplace leaving Krishna
where she was suckling him.
Krishna was still hungry and wanted to suck milk for
some time more. So, he got furious and struck the pot of curd with a piece of stone. As a result, the pot was broken and the entire
yogurt was spilt on the ground. Still not satisfied, Krishna got to
the cabin where butter was stored. Getting onto a big mortar, he brought down a pot full of butter and began to disburse among his
Sakhas and some monkeys that were frisking about there.
When Yashoda came back after removing the boiling milk from
over the fire, she found her churning pot broken but she could find
Krishna nowhere. Suddenly she discovered Krishna's footprints
and followed them with a stick in her hand. Reaching the cabin, she found her son feeding his mates and monkeys with butter.
Seeing his mother with a stick in her hand, Krishna got down
from the mortar and rushed outside, his mother followed him. But when he got tired at last, he stopped and began to weep
bitterly. Maiya could not stand the sight of her weeping son
and threw away her stick. She caught Krishna by the hand and said,
"Lala you have become extremely naughty now. I must punish you
today." Saying so, Yashoda brought
Krishna near the mortar on which he was standing some time before. She started tying him to the mortar but the rope fell short.
Now Yashoda tried a longer rope but it fell short too. She tried several ropes, each longer than the previous one, but all of them
failed to do the job. At last Yashoda joined all the ropes through
knots in order to tie her son to the mortar. Strangely enough, such a long rope fell short too. Not knowing what to do,
Yashoda sat down weeping and said,
"Krishna! Why should you bother me to that extent? I won't speak to you at all. "Finding his
Maiya helpless and troubled at heart, Krishna began to smile and tied
himself to the mortar with his own hands. Feeling satisfied, Yashoda
set about doing some household job. Krishna sat down on his
knees and caused the mortar to tumble down so that it could roll when drawn.