Unfortunately, being so puffed-up with his own self-importance and false
prestige, lndra could not understand that this simple village boy called
Krishna was in fact the Supreme Personality of Godhead enjoying His
transcendental pastimes as a cowherd boy in the land of Vrindavan.
Calling for the samvartaka clouds of devastation that are used to destroy
the whole cosmic manifestation at the end of a kalpa, lndra ordered them to
proceed to Vrindavan and cause extensive floods that would destroy the
livelihood of the inhabitants. Within no time torrents of rain as thick as
pillars, accompanied by thunder, lighting and howling winds, descended on
Vrindavan, causing great misery to its inhabitants. The land became so full
of water that no one could distinguish between high ground and low ground.
Shivering because of the severe cold brought about by the torrential rains,
the inhabitants of Vrindavan approached Lord Krishna for shelter.
Understanding the situation, Krishna immediately lifted Govardhana Hill
with His left hand, just as a child picks up a mushroom, and held it up like
an umbrella. Bringing all their household possessions, the inhabitants of
Vrindavan, along with their cows, took shelter from the torrential rains
under Govardhana Hill. For seven days they remained safe under the hill, not
even disturbed by hunger and thirst. They were simply astonished to see
beautiful Krishna balancing Govardhana Hill on His little finger.
His false pride cut to pieces, baffled and dumbstruck, King Indra called
back the clouds of devastation. At that moment the rains stopped, the sky
cleared and the sun shone again over the beautiful land of Vrindavan.
Krishna asked the Vrajavasis to return to their homes without fear, and then
He gently replaced Govardhana Hill in exactly the same place. Nanda Baba,
mother Yasoda, Balarama and all the inhabitants of Vrindavan embraced
Krishna to their hearts content. The demigods in the higher planets began to
beat kettledrums and shower the earth with fragrant flowers. As the gopis
began to sing beautiful songs about the glorious and uncommon pastimes of
Sri Krishna, all the inhabitants of Vrindavan returned to their respective
homes along with their cows.