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CaptionAfter giving up the body of a deer, Bharata took birth in a brahmana family. By the Lord's mercy, Bharata could remember his past lives and in order to avoid fall-down, he acted like a madman while internally he remained always thinking of the lotus feet of the Lord. Most everyone thought he was dull and dumb. The leader of the dacoits, desiring a son, planned to worship the goddess Bhadra Kali by offering her a dull man in sacrifice, considered to be no better than an animal. The dacoits found Jada Bharata sitting in a paddy field, and they thought him to be a perfect man-animal for their sacrifice. After the preparations for the sacrifice, the dacoit took up his sword and chanted the mantra to Kali, preparing to offer her the blood of Jada Bharata. Kali understood that Jada Bharata was a great devotee. Suddenly, the deity's body burst and the goddess Kali emerged personally, infuriated, and decapitated all the rogues and theives with the very sword with which they had intended to kill Jada Bharata.
-Taken from Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 5 Chapter 9

Painted in 1975.
HeadlineThe Goddess Kali Protects Jada Bharata
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