This son of Maiya Yashoda is extremely naughty. When what mischief he will do, nobody knows. He cannot stay without fighting, and in teasing and troubling girls he is a master. And even the girls are such that they can’t stay away from him. But, in this how are the poor girls to be blamed? This Bhuvana mohana is such that even birds and animals can’t stay away from him, how can man stay behind.
Everyday before sunrise, the Gopa kumaras come running to Nanda Bhavan. On just waking up they enter the spree of meeting Kanhai. Their mothers somehow wash their mouths, ready their tiffin and hand it to them. All have to eat breakfast only with Krishna chandra. Whole day they will stay together in the forest, and even on returning in the evening, how many moments do they last in their homes? All somehow bathe, put something in their mouths and run to Nanda bhavan. They are such that at night, their mothers take them home only when Kanhai starts feeling drowsy and they themselves start getting bored.
After returning, the gopas want Shyam to stay near his Baba, in the barn, till he sleeps so that they get a chance to stay near him for some time.
Old, adolescents and youth- all the gopas somehow complete their household chores before the milking of cows and rush to Braja raj’s barn. If Maiya’s would run, she wouldn’t even allow Ram-shyam (Krishna-Balaram) to enter the barn after they come. She keeps melting in this worry that the children have just come tired after a day-long’s work, still they go running here and there in the barn on the pretext of milking the cows and staying near baba.
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The love of Gopis for Krishna
The gopis- old and young, all agree with Maiya here that Mohan should stay indoors after returning from the forest. As soon as Shyam enters, the grannies settle themselves near Vrajeshwari. Poor adolescents and housewives have to move mid-way killing their hearts. They have to cook in their homes, they have to handle the milk. The gopas eat food at home only once they return from Nanda bhavan, after Braja rajkumar has slept. The gopis keep on coming to Nanda bhavan on the pretext of asking something, taking something or saying something, but on reaching there, their feet just don’t’ want to move. They only get some time between evening and the previous night to stay near Nanda Nandana. Mostly, he is out in the forest with his sakhas. Everybody eyes and lives stay thirsty to see him. In such circumstances, only the girls have the least chances. In Nanda bhavan all the elderly and aged grannies settle themselves. Even if the girls come there, they can’t sit near Kanhai. Next morning he has to go to the forest. Only in the morning while going to the forest and returning back behind the cows at noon, do the girls get a glimpse of him, and that too from a distance- through the window. The girls on the pretext of selling butter carrying small butter-pots on their heads go to see Madan mohan in the forest, is there any surprise?
Krishna’s mischevious nature
Kanhai from his very nature is mischievous. He tickles the Sakhas, pulls Madhumangala’s tuft of hair, and pokes his finger into his tummy. He hides his Sakhas’ tiffin or sticks. He even sits on the lap of Brajaraj or Upananda baba and dances his finger in their beard, or with his thin little finger measures the depth of their navel. He may whenever go and sit on the shoulders of a young gopa. Even in-front of Maiya, hiding his face under the veil of an aged gopi, putting her dry breast in his mouth or pestering a young gopi to feed him her milk- is an ordinary thing for him. After tying the pigtails of two forward-sitting gopis, he shall laugh clapping his hands.
Krishna troubles the gopis
Now he is such a prankster and the gopis come to the forest on the pretext of selling butter. Kanhai will snatch their butter- fight and grapple with them, tickle them, push them or smear the butter on their faces, this is an everyday’s routine. All his sakhas become his helpers in this. The broken butter pots lie scattered. This portion of the forest land has grown white with butter. Small-small animals like squirrels, rabbits- even deer lick the butter spilled on the grass. Between them groups of birds clean the butter.
The girls stand gathered handling their disorderly clothes. Even some of their ornaments have broken- Scattered lie the beads of their pearl necklaces. Their feet, hands and face is smeared with butter and they wipe each other’s face with their scarfs. Outward anger, laughter and extreme love makes their eyes and facial expressions divine. All are absorbed in seeing this prankster. The gopa children have sat down with the broken pots to eat the butter. They laugh looking at the girls. They even tease their sisters and now this prankster placing the curd pot before Dau dada sits down calmly. Only sometimes he looks towards the girls. Butter-coated hands, milk drops fallen on lips and body parts- He looks wonderful.
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