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How Kans was Born?
From  Padm Puraan 2/8

There is a Mathuraa Nagaree in Maathur region. There rule a Yadu Vanshee king named Ugrasen. At the same time. Satyaketu named king was ruling in Vidarbh Desh. He had a daughter named Padmaavatee. She was very good in all women-like behaviors. Ugrasen married Padmaavatee and soon drowned in her love. He did not take even food without her.

After a while Satyaketu remembered her daughter and sent his messengers to Ugrasen. The messengers asked Ugrasen's welfare, told their own king's welfare and requested him to send Padmaavatee for some time as the king wanted to see his daughter. Ugrasen sent his dear wife to her father's house. When Padmaavatee came to Vidarbh Desh, she became a father's daughter again, like before.

One day Padmaavatee went to a mountain for entertainment. There was a beautiful forest in its foothills. She saw a pond also named Sarvatobhadra there. Padmaavatee got very happy to see the beauty of the forest and the mountain, so she entered the pond and started playing in its water. At the same time, a Daitya servant of Kuber named Gobhil was going somewhere by skyway. When he was flying over the pond he saw Padmaavatee playing in it. He had extraordinary powers, so he knew that "she is the daughter of Vidarbh's king and the wife of Mathuraa's king Ugrasen. But she is Pativrataa also, so she is difficult to get for other men. How can I go to her and have her? Ugrasen is a first class fool who has sent her to her father's house."

Thinking thus he found a way. He disguised himself as Ugrasen, got down on that mountain and started singing sitting under an Ashok tree. Padmaavatee also heard the song, she thought "who is singing this song." Out of curiosity she went around and found a man singing the song sitting under a tree, and he looked like Ugrasen. She thought, "But how and when my husband has come here so far leaving his kingdom alone there?" She was thinking like this that Gobhil himself called her - "Come Dear, I cannot live without you. Now I cannot live without you anywhere."

Padmaavatee felt embarrassed and went close to him. He took her by hand in a lonely place and had her. Ugrasen had a certain mark on his body part which she did not see, so she got doubtful. She put on her clothes carefully and spoke to him angrily - "Tell me O evil soul, Who are you? Your form is like a Daanav. You are cruel." and saying this she started weeping. She got ready to curse him - "You have come to me in disguise of my husband, you have made my body unholy and destroyed my Paativrat, I curse you..." At the same time Gobhil said - "O Pativrataa woman, All Raakshas run away from Pativrataa women, Vishnu and Braahman's Shaap. I am wandering here and there according to my Daanav nature. First you tell me my fault, that on which fault of mine you are ready to give me Shaap?"

Padmaavatee said - "I am a Pativrataa woman. I desire only for my husband, I do Tapasyaa only for his progress, but you have destroyed my Dharm by your Maayaa, that is why I will burn you to ashes." Gobhil said - "O Princess, If you think proper then listen to me. I am telling you the only Dharm for you. Whoever woman serves her husband by mind, speech and action (Manasaa, Vaachaa, Karmanaa); feels pleased when her husband is pleased; does not abandon him even he is angry; does not pay attention to his faults; and cooperate her husband in all his endeavors, the same woman is said to be Pativrataa. If any woman wishes to be Pativrataa, she should not abandon even her fallen, sinful, full of diseases, leper, A-Dharmee husband. Who enjoys in the absence of her husband, she is not a Pativrataa woman.

I know Ved and Shaastra. Why did you come here leaving your husband and Grihasth Dharm? And you claim that you are a Pativrataa woman? I can't see you as a Pativrataa by your Karm. You are wandering here and there in this forest, you are a sinner. I have brought you on right path by punishing you in this way. Now you cannot behave in this way. Tell me, why have you come here leaving your husband? Why have you worn these ornaments and good clothes? Speak O sinner, why have you done this? You are 400 Kos far from your husband, where is your feeling of Paativrat? Don't You feel shame? Don't you hate your behavior? What can you speak in front of me? Show me your Tej, show me your power."

Padmaavatee said - "O evil Asur, My father has called me with love, where is the sin here? I have not come here abandoning my husband for any reason. I live here thinking about my husband only. You have deceived me by appearing in disguise of my husband." Gobhil again said - "Listen to my justified logic. Blind men do not see anything. You are blind - without Dharm eyes, then how could you recognize me? At whatever time the feeling rose in your heart to come to your father's house, you became free from the feeling of your husband at the same time. Continuous thinking about husband is the mark of Gyaan. When that Gyaan was lost, how could you recognize me?"

Hearing this Padmaavatee sat down on the ground, she was very sad. Gobhil spoke again - "You will have a son who will trouble three Lok." and that Daanav went away. Padmaavatee broke into tears. Hearing her weeping, her friends came there and asked her - "O Princess, Why do you weep, what happened? And where the King Ugrasen has gone?" Padmaavatee told them everything and her friends told everything to her mother, and her mother told everything to her father. Satyaketu got very sad hearing all this, he sent her back to her husband's house - Mathuraa. Ugrasen got very happy to see Padmaavatee and repetitively said to her, "I cannot live without you. You are very dear to me." Her child in womb grew gradually. Padmaavatee was worried about the child day and night. She bore him for 10 long years and then Kans was born. He was a threat to three Lok and finally he was killed by Krishn.

MBH, G-0-prolog/15 says that he was the incarnation of Kaalnemi Daitya.



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