Ghanshyam and Krityas
All the people of Chapaiya were delighted because of the manifestation
of God. The great deities came everyday to see God for darshan.
But all of the demons were confused and afraid of this divine child.
The demon Kalidatt had lost his mild-sleep at night because of the
birth of God. He gathered all the devilish people, and then he ordered
them to find out an idea with which they could easily kill Ghanshyam.
Thinking seriously, one of them showed a way to destroy the divine
child. He said, "If we want to destroy him, we have to send Krityas
(wicked, devilish women). They will bring him out of the house and
soon after, they will kill him in a cruel way." All the demons agreed
to this idea.
After the third day of Ghanshyam's birth, the Krityas, with fearsome
dresses and sharp teeth, approached Bhaktimata, the mother of the
Ghanshyam. They violently snatched Ghanshyam from her hands and
ran away. Bhaktimata got frightened and lost her consciousness.
The Krityas went towards the East carrying Ghanshyam. As Bhaktimata
woke up, she loudly shouted, "Help me! My son is carried away by
devils!" Then she started to cry. Hearing her crying, weeping, and
wailing, Rampratapji, the elder brother of Ghanshyam, arrived there.
Suvasini Bhabhi, the wife of Rampratapji, and other neighbours also
came there. Dharmadev, who had just gone out, came back home because
he heard the crying of Bhaktimata. It was midnight, and the people
asked one another about the monsters, but none dared to go after
the devils in the darkness. Even if they wanted to go, where would
While the Krityas were carrying Ghanshyam in their hands, he strikingly
showed bright, divine light from his body. The Krityas couldn't
stand the divine light. Not only that, but Ghanshyam increased his
body weight so the Krityas became tired and couldn't carry him any
longer. They put him down on the ground and started dancing around
him and chanting, "Beat him! Beat him!" and, "Eat him! Eat him!"
Bhaktimata started to pray for Hanumanji, the son of Marut (wind
God), to save and bring back her son. Hanumanji quickly appeared
and asked for orders from Bhaktimata. After listening to the story,
he went after the Krityas. He shouted and the Krityas began to run
away because they heard his fearful thunders. But Hanumanji had
taken a long jump and caught them. He started to beat the Krityas
by kicking and punching them. He grabbed their hair and forcefully
threw them to the ground. They became half-dead and spiritless like
a corpse and humbly requested, "Oh, Hanumanji! Kindly free us from
your clutches! We will never come back to this village anymore!"
Then he let them go and the Krityas ran away as fast as they could.
Hanumanji bowed down to the God and gently picked him up with both
of his hands. He then brought Ghanshyam home. On seeing Hanumanji
with her son, Bhaktimata became very happy and offered many sweets
and fruits to him. They offered him Sukhdi, a kind of sweet that
was the favourite of Hanumanji. Then they offered him a garland
of Ankada, a kind of flower. With great pleasure, Hanumanji promised
Bhaktimata, "Remember me whenever you are in great trouble. I will
always be there anytime to serve Ghanshyam." And then he disappeared.
Answer the following questions.
- Why did Kalidatt lose his mild sleep?
- What plan did the devils figure out?
- Why did Dharmadev come back home?
- Why did the Krityas put Ghanshyam on the
- What did Bhaktimata do to bring Ghanshyam
- How did Hanumanji beat the Krityas?
- What did Hanumanji promise to Bhaktimata?
Who spoke the following sentences?
- "Beat him! Beat him!" and, "Eat him! Eat
- "Help me! My son was carried away by devils!"
- "Remember me whenever you are in great
trouble. I will always be there anytime to serve Ghanshyam." ____________________
- "If we want to destroy him, we have to
send Krityas." ____________________
Fill in the empty spaces in the sentences.
- _______________ lifted Ghanshyam gently
from the ground.
- _______________ sent the Krityas to kill
- Bhaktimata offered _______________, the
favourite kind of sweet of Hanumanji.
- Bhaktimata offered a garland of _______________,
a kind of flower, to Hanumanji.