Kankali Devi Temple is one of the important temples devoted to Goddess Shakti. This temple is situated on a hill called Kankali where thousands of pilgrims visit throughout the year just for a glimpse of the goddess. Earlier, Kankali Devi was called Kamsa Devi. Her existence was associated with the birth of Lord Krishna. The Temple is another important Sacred Place In Mathura after the birthplace of Lord Krishna.
Kankali Devi was mentioned in several religious books and texts. Even the Vishnu Purana, Krishna Katha and Bhagavadgita explain the grandeur and magnificence of Kankali Devi. According to a legend, the birth of Kankali Devi is related to the birth of Lord Krishna. It is said that when the residents of Mathura were terrified of Kamsa , a prophecy stated that the eighth child of Devaki (mother of Lord Krishna) would kill Kamsa. Kamsa was horrified about this and as a result arrested his sister Devaki and her husband Vasudev. He imprisoned them and waited for the eighth child of Devaki. He killed all the six children of Devaki.
The seventh child was Balarama, brother of Lord Krishna. He was transferred from Devaki’s womb to Rohini’s womb. He was saved from Kamsa. The eighth child was Lord Krishna. After the birth of Lord Krishna, Vasudeva carried his son to Nand (friend of Vasudeva). He exchanges his son to Nand’s daughter. Vasudeva brings back the baby girl to the prison. Kamsa rushes to the prison to see the eighth child of Devaki. He was shocked to see a baby girl. He thought it was a plan of Lord Vishnu and decided to kill that baby too. Kamsa banged the girl to a rock to kill her. But, she escaped from his hands and flies into the sky. She tells to Kamsa that the eighth child had already taken birth and he will be killed in a short period. After saying this, she disappears from there. Since then, this place is known as Kansa Kali (Kankali).
Kankali Devi Mandir Mathura
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