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Story Of Balarama And Demon Dhenukasura - Donkey

The story of Balarama, the elder brother of Sri Krishna, and demon Dhenukasura (donkey demon) is found in the Vishnu Purana and Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Sri Krishna, Balarama and other gopas used wander through the woods with their cattle. Once during their mini excursions, they reached the region of forest controlled by demon Dhenukasura.

The area was filled with Palmyra Palm trees – known as Tal or Taltar in Hindi and Panai in Tamil.

The trees were filled with ripe fruit and the gopas wanted to taste them. They asked Balram and Sri Krishna to pluck some fruits.

The brothers shook some trees and brought down numerous fruits.

The fruits made loud noise when they fell down. This alerted Dhenukasura. He took the form of an ass and charged towards the brothers. As per some stories, Dhenuka is referred to as the donkey demon.

The demon in the form of ass began to kick Balram on his breast with his hinder heels. Balrama seized both the hind legs and whirled the demon around until he died.

He then tossed the dead body of the demon to the top of a palm tree. Numerous fruit fell down due to this act.

Numerous other asses that were pets of the demon charged towards Sri Krishna and Balarama. All of them met the same fate of their master.

The ground was filled palm fruits. The brothers and other gopas enjoyed fresh fruits. Cattle grazed unobstructed in the palm grove thereafter.

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