In the Yadu Dynasty, the king of Mathura – Kansa – was a cruel king. It was foretold that his sister Devaki would bear the child that would defeat Kansa. Enraged and fearful, Kansa killed each and every child that Devaki bore. When Krishna, the eighth child, was born, he was smuggled outside the palace and across the Yamuna and given to his foster parents – Nanda and Yashoda. The young child of Nanda and Yashoda was carried back, in Krishna’s place, and killed by Kansa. The infant ascended to heaven, transforming into a goddess who informed Kansa that his time was to come soon.
Years later, Krishna returned and killed Kansa – the embodiment of cruelty and evil.