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Story of Balrama and Demon Dhenuka - Donkey

The story of Balrama, the elder brother of Sri Krishna, and demon Dhenuka (donkey) is found in the Vishnu Purana and Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Sri Krishna, Balrama 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 Dhenuka.

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

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 Dhenuka. 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 with 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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