This is the Vishu story in English. Vishu is a festival celebrated in the state of Kerala, India. It is one of the oldest festivals of Kerala. Celebrated on the first date of the Malayalam month of Aries, this festival is celebrated by the Keralites as New Year because according to the Malayalam calendar, on this day the Sun changes its zodiac and enters the ‘Madame zodiac, due to which the new year begins.
The importance of this festival can be gauged from the fact that there is a public holiday in the state of Kerala to commemorate this festival. Many types of beliefs and stories are prevalent about this day, but mainly this festival is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his incarnation Shri Krishna.
Story of Narakasura’s Slaughter
Along with this, people believe that on this day Yogeshwar Shri Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, also killed Narakasura. This is the reason that along with the worship of Lord Vishnu, his incarnation of Krishna is worshiped the most on this day. According to this legend, a demon named Narakasura reigned in the city of Pragjyotishpur. On the strength of his penance, he asked Brahmaji for a boon that no god, demon or demon could kill him.
Because of this boon, he began to consider himself invincible. Being crushed in the ego of his power, he started dreaming of becoming the lord of all the worlds and with his power defeated gods like Indra, Varuna, Agni, Vayu etc. In the pride of power, he also took many saints and 16 thousand women captive.
Disturbed by his persecution, all the gods and sages reached Lord Krishna. Accepting his request, Lord Krishna attacked Narakasura and killed him by cutting Narakasura into two pieces with his Sudarshan Chakra. In this way he ended the tyrannical and tyrannical Narakasura and freed the people from his atrocities.