Cart Demon

While Lord Krishna was lying underneath a handcart in the courtyard, His mother, Yasoda, was busy receiving guests. She did not hear Krishna's crying. Wanting to drink His mother's breast-milk, Krishna angrily threw His legs upward. Although His little legs were as soft as leaves, when He kicked the cart, He broke it to pieces, and all the metal utensils on the cart scattered. A ghost named Shakatasura had taken shelter in the cart and had come there to kill the child, Krishna. When Krishna kicked the handcart, the demon was immediately pushed down to the earth. So, Krishna simultaneously attracted the attention of Mother Yasoda, and killed the demon, Shakatasura, fulfilling His whole purpose.Painted in 1978.