After dispelling Brahma's doubts, Krishna and his
Sakhas went on with their grazing trips as usual for a number of days. No untoward incident occurred during these days.
One day the Gualas suggested to Krishna to get to an orchard and enjoy fruit there.
Krishna at once agreed. So, all the Gualas along with
Balram and Krishna made for the orchard. Near the orchard lived a
demon named Dhenuka along with his family. He used to roam in the form of a huge ass and killed the animals and men who passed that way.
When the Gualas reached the orchard, they thought of climbing up the trees to enjoy the fruit. First of all, Balram climbed up a tree
and began to shake its branches. Dhenuka came running and attacked
Balram who launched a counter-attack. Krishna ran to help him.
Dhenuka’s men also reached there and a grave clash took place. Krishna and
Balram caught Dhenuka and his supporters by the legs and struck them against tree-trunks killing them one by one then and there.
After this; the Gualas enjoyed the fruit to their hearts' content and began to dance and sing at their victory over
Dhenuka, the demon.