The evil King Kamsa once sent
his friend and ally, Keshi, to kill Krishna. Keshi had great powers,
and he turned himself into a great and terrible horse. He galloped into
the village of Vrindavan, his hooves thundering and his mane and tail
flying. Everyone was terrified.
Krishna met him. Keshi at once recognized Krishna, and galloped full
speed straight toward Him, intending to trample Him. Krishna, however,
grabbed Keshi’s legs and threw the great horse a hundred yards.
Keshi landed with a terrible thud, and was unconscious for a few moments,
but he regained consciousness and got up to attack again.
This time he galloped toward Krishna with his mouth wide open and teeth
bared, but Krishna shoved His fist deep into that mouth and flipped
Keshi onto the ground. Krishna’s fist felt to Keshi like hot iron,
and all his teeth fell out. Krishna swelled up His hand in Keshi’s
mouth until it choked Keshi, and the great horse died. All the villagers
congratulated Krishna, and the demigods watching above sent showers
of flowers down upon Krishna.