Story telling is not only a way for parents and children to bond but also an easy and fun way of discussing morality and imparting values. Read on to discover Lord Krishna’s childhood stories which children are sure to love.
Stories Of Lord Krishna With Morals For Children
Lord Krishna is one of the most popular Hindu Gods amongst children and adults alike. His stories are anecdotes filled with fun, laughter and good ideals. Here are the top 15 stories of the Lord for children to enjoy:
1. The Story of Krishna’s Parents
A long time ago, there was a King named Ugrasen, who had two children – a son named Kansa and a daughter named Devaki. Devaki was a gentle person, but Kansa was evil. When he grew up, he put his father in jail and took over the king’s throne, while his sister got married to King Vasudev.
One fine day, Kansa heard a warning from the skies (akashvaani) – “The eighth son of your sister will one day grow up to kill you.” This shook the evil Kansa to the core, and he wanted to kill his sister., But Vasudev begged for her life and agreed to let Kansa kill their eighth child. Kansa imprisoned his own sister and her husband. The eighth child of the couple was Lord Krishna, who survived all the attempts Kansa made to kill him, and eventually vanquished his evil Uncle.
Moral – If you are evil and have evil intentions, you will be punished for your sins. Always be positive and think of doing good deeds to others.
2. The Birth of Lord Krishna
Devaki and Vasudev were imprisoned by her brother Kansa. Every time she would give birth to a child, Kansa would himself come and kill the baby with his bare hands. Devaki miscarried her seventh son, but he was mystically transferred to the womb of Queen Rohini in Vrindavan, who came to the world as Krishna’s brother – Balarama.
Their eighth child came to the world at midnight and was born in jail. This was Lord Krishna and that special day is celebrated as Janmashtami.
Moral – If something good is to happen, it always will. Good will always prevail over evil.
3. How Vasudev saved Krishna’s life
Krishna was born in the form of Vishnu, and his parents prayed that he would turn into an ordinary baby so they could hide him from Kansa. The Lord advised his father to take him to Vrindavan and exchange him with a new-born baby girl. Then, magically, the guards at the prison fell into a slumber and all the locks and chains opened by themselves.
Vasudev took little Krishna and left for Vrindavan. When he came across the Yamuna River, it was flooded. As Vasudev still attempted to cross the river, carrying little Krishna over his head, the waters receded almost mystically, as soon as they touched Krishna’s toe, allowing him to carry on his journey. He then reached Yashoda’s house, exchanged the babies and returned to the prison with the baby girl. Devaki and Vasudev hoped that Kansa would spare the girl as the prophecy had predicted a boy would kill Kansa, but he did not care. He snatched the baby from their hands and hit her against a stone to kill her. But the girl transformed into Goddess Durga and told Kansa that Krishna was alive and would punish him for his bad deeds.
Moral – Sometimes, there are forces beyond one’s control. If you only have evil intentions, you will never succeed.
4. Krishna and the Witch Putana
Krishna’s uncle Kansa was desperate to kill him, so he told a witch called Putana to go ahead with the task. The witch dressed up as a beautiful woman and flew to Krishna’s nursery.
She had smeared poison on her nipples and offered to feed Krishna some milk. Krishna’s mother did not know her real intentions, and she allowed Putana to feed him. But Krishna closed his eyes and sucked the life out of her, killing her. The poison did nothing to him, but since she had done a good gesture by offering her milk to Krishna, her soul was freed.
Moral – Never hurt anyone intentionally, as you will end up paying for it.
5. Lord Krishna’s love for butter
Lord Krishna loved eating butter. Everyone in the town of Vrindavan was aware of his mischief and attempts to steal butter, that’s why he was called ‘Maakhan Chor’. Krishna’s mother Yashoda would tie the butter high above the ground to hide it from Krishna!
Once, when Yashoda was not around, Krishna called his friends. They climbed one on top of the other, and he managed to reach the pot of butter! They all brought it down and relished it immensely! But unfortunately for them, they did not realise that Yashoda had come back! All his friends ran back to their houses, but Krishna got reprimanded for being naughty.
Moral – Always listen to your elders and never steal.
6. Lord Krishna and Yashoda
Lord Krishna was a mischievous child, and his mother Yashoda was tired of it! One day, she decided to tie him up to stop his antics. Yashoda brought a rope to tie him, but realised it was too small. She then brought a bigger one, but that one turned out to be small too! She got a third one, but that also fell short! That’s when she realised there was something miraculous about her son. But after that, Lord Krishna allowed his mother to tie him up, just so that she could become happy!
Moral – Believe in miracles, they can happen. Always do things to make your parents happy.
7. Krishna eats mud
One day, Krishna and his elder brother Balarama were collecting fruits and berries in the garden. Since Krishna was still a toddler, he couldn’t reach the trees, so he picked up mud from the ground and stuffed it into his mouth. The other children saw what he did and complained to his mother. Yashoda ran to him and asked him whether he had eaten mud. He shook his head as if to say no! Yashoda asked Krishna to open his mouth, but he was so scared, he refused! But when his mother gave him a stern look, he opened his mouth.
When Yashoda looked inside, instead of mud she saw the whole universe inside his mouth! Stars, skies, mountains, oceans- everything! She was dumbstruck, and all Krishna gave her was one sheepish smile! That’s when she realised that he was no ordinary child, but the Lord himself!
Moral – Always listen to your mother and never lie.
8. Krishna and Kaliya
One day when Krishna and his friends were playing by the banks of the river Yamuna, their ball fell into the river where the hundred-and-ten headed serpent Kaliya ruled and lived with his family.
Krishna dived in to retrieve the ball, but Kaliya started poisoning the water with his venom. Krishna encountered him and asked him to stop poisoning the water, but Kaliya refused. That’s when Krishna fought and defeated the large serpent by dancing on his head. He ordered the serpent to leave the river and never return.
Moral – Peace is a better solution than war.
9. Lord Krishna and Arishthasura
One day, a massive bull came to Vrindavan and started attacking the people. Nobody knew where it came from, and everyone started running helter-skelter to save their lives. They then came to Krishna to ask for his help.
When Krishna came face to face with the bull, he realised it was actually a demon! But Krishna being powerful, managed to tackle the bull and pierce his horns! When the fight ended, the demon left the bull’s body and bowed before the Lord. He told him he was a disciple of Lord Brihaspati and was cursed to become a demon bull because he did not respect his teacher.
Moral – Never disobey your elders and teachers
10. Krishna and Keshi
After Krishna defeated the demon bull Arishtasura, a sage called Narada went to Kansa and told him that Krishna was the eighth born of Vasudev and Devaki, and was fated to end his life. This angered Kansa so much that he summoned the long-haired horse Keshi to kill Krishna.
The horse demon went and scared the people of Vrindavan, hoping to kill Krishna. But Krishna was not scared! He challenged Keshi to a fight, and knocked out all his teeth with his elbow! Krishna then choked the demon horse to his death, and was given a new name after that- Keshava, the one who killed Keshi.
Moral – Do not be scared and stand up for yourself.
11. Lord Krishna and Lord Brahma
Lord Brahma decided to play a prank on Krishna once. He told all Krishna’s friends to take the cows and hide inside a cave. When Krishna was not able to find anyone, he took all their avatars and returned to Vrindavan. Flummoxed and confused, Lord Brahma came to Vrindavan to see Krishna as everyone, and realised he should not have tested him!
Moral – You should always help your friends.
12. Lord Krishna and the Hill
Lord Indra is the God of rain, and that’s why everyone prayed to him for a timely monsoon. But one year, Lord Krishna suggested that the villagers should rather worship the Govardhan hill. This made Lord Indra very angry, so he raised a storm over Vrindavan.
Krishna, however, protected his people by lifting the whole mountain of Govardhan hill on a single finger! This made Lord Indra realise his mistake, and he apologised to Krishna for the storm.
Moral – Never take rash decisions in anger, they can never be fruitful.
13. Krishna and Kamadhenu
One fine day, a cow called Kamadhenu approached Lord Krishna. Kamadhenu told Krishna that she had come from a place called Devaloka, which is the kingdom of heaven. She said she wanted to do Krishna’s crowning ceremony.
The cow bathed the Lord in the holy water from the heavens and even thanked him for protecting all beings. After that, Lord Indra himself appeared with Airavata, and declared that Krishna would be known as Govinda, which means Indra of the whole world!
Moral – Respect everyone- humans and animals.
14. Krishna and Aghasura
One day when Krishna was playing with his friends, they reached a cave in a mountain. What they did not know was that the cave was the home of the witch Putana’s brother, demon Aghasura. Aghasura took the form of a giant snake to kill Krishna and his friends. They did not realise that Aghasura opened his mouth as wide as the cave’s opening so that they would walk right in and he would eat them.
Krishna realised something was wrong and decided to enter the cave himself. All the demons became happy while the Gods became upset, thinking Krishna had met his end. But the demigods pleaded to Krishna, who then understood what was happening. He grew larger and larger in size till he choked the snake demon to death. He was just, as he then gave liberation to the demon’s soul.
Moral – Always listen when someone gives you good advice.
15. Krishna kills Kansa
When Krishna defeated all the demons and witches sent by him, Kansa got anxious. He sent his servant Akrura to bring Krishna and his brother Balarama back to Mathura. He plotted to challenge the boys to a wrestling match with two of his strongest wrestlers. Krishna and Balarama accepted the challenge, and easily defeated their opponents and killed them.
Kansa lost his temper and ordered his soldiers to banish the boys and kill Vasudev and Ugrasena too. Hearing this, Krishna jumped into the stands, knocked Kansa’s crown off and dragged him by his hair to the wrestling ring. Desperate to prove he’s a better fighter, Kansa accepted the offer to fight Krishna. Krishna however, killed him with one nifty blow! Kansa’s eight brothers attacked them, but Balarama single-handedly killed them all with his club. Krishna was then united with his birth parents, Devaki and Vasudev.
Moral – Truth and goodness shall always prevail.
These stories and many more form a vast pool of knowledge for children to learn from. Start your journey into storyland with your little ones, and help them find their way to a good life, and rewarding relationships.