IT was too much for Kamsa to tolerate. He resented the drums being beaten in celebration of Krishna’s victory. He was angry that all his powerful supporters had been killed. He therefore ordered the drumming to be stopped. He shouted in frustration, “Drive out these two boys from Mathura. Arrest Nanda and kill him for his treachery. Also kill that rascal Vasudeva without delay. The faithless father of mine, Ugrasena, who has always supported my enemies, should be killed.” Krishna could not tolerate the disregard Kamsa was showing to the elders. He became furious. He made his body very light and with one leap reached the very high dias on which Kamsa was seated. Seeing Krishna dashing towards him with great speed, Kamsa, who was bold in his own way, got up quickly from his seat and took his sword and shield to resist. Krishna with one push knocked the crown from the head of Kamsa and grabbed his long hair in his hand. He then dragged Kamsa from his throne to the wrestling arena and threw him on the ground. Kamsa died. Krishna dragged his body up and down in the arena as a lion would do with the body of an elephant it had killed. All the spectators cried. ‘Oh! alas! Oh, alas!
Kamsa had eight brothers, headed by Kanka. All of them were younger to him. When they learned that their brother had been killed, they joined together and rushed towards Krishna in great anger to kill him. Balarama took charge of killing all of them. He took up the elephant tusk and killed the eight brothers one after another, just as a lion kills a group of deer. The wives of Kamasa and of his brothers came there weeping and waiting. Krishna consoled them all. He arranged for the necessary ceremonies for the dead.
Then Krishna and Balarama released their father and mother, Vasudeva and Devaki, who had been imprisoned by Kamsa. Krishna and Balarama fell at their feel and received their blessings. They also released Ugrasena, the father of Kamasa from the prison and crowned him again as the king. Nanda and Yasoda spent some days happily at Mathura and then returned to Vrindavan leaving behind Krishna and Balarama under the care of Devaki and Vasudeva.