Putana Uddhar Sthal
Putana Uddhar Sthal / पूतना उद्धार स्थल
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- The place where Putana was liberated-Putana disguised herself as a mother, smeared her breasts with deadly poison, and came to this place in Nand-bhavan. Directly in front of Yashoda and Rohini, she was able to very easily pick up sleeping baby Krishna from the cradle, put Him on her lap and begin to breast-feed Him.
- Krishna sucked out the deadly poison together with her life, thus liberating her from the body of a rakshasi. He then gave her the position of a dhatri, a nurse or foster-mother, in Goloka.
- In a previous life, Putana was Ratnamala, the daughter of Bali Maharaja. When, in the palace of her father, she beheld the beauty of Lord Vamandev, she desired to have a son just like Him. But when Vamandev took away everything from Bali Maharaja and bound him with a rope of snakes, she began to cry. She thought, "I would kill such a cruel son by feeding him breast milk mixed with poison."
- Knowing her desire, Lord Vamandev gave her this boon, saying, "Evam astu – so be it." Shri Krishna therefore killed her in that form and gave Putana her proper identity as a nurse.