Once, when Krishna was about seven
years old, the men of the cowherd village were planning a sacrifice
to honor the demigod Indra, who sends rain. Krishna is always the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, whether acting as a little boy or not, and He
did not really like this idea. Why should these fortunate people, who
had Krishna Himself in their very midst, offer a sacrifice to a mere
demigod, whose only power was to give material help?
Using persuasive powers far beyond those of an ordinary boy, Krishna
talked His father and the other men into simply offering the sacrifice
to Govardhana Hill, which is an expansion of Krishna, and which is blessed
daily by His lotus feet as well when Krishna and His friends herd the
The men agreed to do this, but when Indra looked down and saw that the
sacrifice meant for him had been diverted by this “talkative little
boy,” he called for the clouds that bring the rains of devastation.
These are not ordinary clouds, and are very dangerous. The clouds came
and poured water and hail upon the helpless village of Vrindavan, and
as the land disappeared under flooding waters, the villagers appealed
desperately to Krishna for help.
Krishna protected them by lifting Govardhana Hill and holding it aloft
like an umbrella, balanced on the little finger of His left hand, for
seven days while the entire village and all the cows and calves remained
sheltered beneath. For seven days no one felt any fatigue, hunger, or
Finally Indra understood his mistake. He called off the clouds, and
after the floodwaters receded, he met Krishna in a secluded place to
offer his apology and his obeisances.