Here in 'Mathura, Kamsa was beginning to
feel more and more alarmed. Keshi, another rakshasa whom he sent, was also killed. Kamsa
threw Vasudeva and Devaki into the prison and planned to invite Krishna to Mathura and
kill him there. He, therefore, sent his cousin Akrura to Brindavan to bring Krishna.
Akrura was a great devotee of Krishna. He told Krishna of Kamsa's evil intentions. Krishna
rejoiced. He said, "Let us all go to Mathura." With him went Akrura, Balarama,
Nanda and some other gopalakas.
The news of the visit of Krishna spread in Mathura. So everywhere there was curiosity,
excitement and joy.
As Krishna and Balarama were approaching the palace a big elephant of the name
Kuvalayapida rushed towards Krishna. Kamsa had deliberately stationed the elephant there
to kill Krishna. Krishna cut off the trunk. The huge animal fell down and died.
As the brothers approached Kamsa's court two wrestlers, Mushtika and Chanura by name,
stepped forward. They were famous all over the country for their wrestling. They were very
strong. The spectators were filled with pity and murmured, "Poor boys! What can they
do against these rocklike? Wrestlers!"
Krishna took on Chanura and Balarama took on Mushtika. And the two wrestlers were
killed. When he saw his two formidable wrestlers killed by the boys, Kamsa was bewildered
and filled with fear. Krishna pounced on Kamsa, caught hold of his hair and pushed him to
the ground. Kamsa tried to get up to save himself. He tried to fight. But Krishna killed
him. The people of Mathura sighed in relief. They celebrated Krishna's victory with great
joy because Kamsa had been a tyrant. Krishna did not ascend the throne, but crowned
Ugrasena, his grandfather.