At 19:50 onwards

So what happened to her in the video?
Why did she die?
[How can someone die when she is breastfeeding?]

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    That is what is Krishna’s mahima :D
    – Adiyarkku
    Mar 20, 2021 at 13:57
  • @Archit what do you mean by "mahima". :-) Mar 20, 2021 at 14:08
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    Mahima means Greatness
    – Adiyarkku
    Mar 20, 2021 at 14:21
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    That's the God's leela. He'll kill someone just via breastfeeding and even make a mere arrow to make it as a nimitt to end his purpose on earth! The sweet past times of the Lord are incomprehensible for us human minded wits.
    – Vivikta
    Mar 20, 2021 at 14:41
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    SrimanMadvacharya said that their 2 jivas in pootana, one is urvashi due to curse she was present in the rakshashi body and another is oootana rakshashi herself, the one which attained moksha by feeding milk to krishna is actually Urvashi and not rakshashi pootana..She is past incarnation of sister of mahabali when Vamana avaatara of vishnu went in to collect alms his body is like that of boy with golden color sun. seeing the beautty of the boy, pootana i.e. Urvashi inthe body of pootana wanted to feed the beautiful resplendent boy with her breast milk
    – Prasanna R
    Mar 21, 2021 at 7:58

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Your answer to why Pūtanā died is because of Bhagwan Shri Kṛṣṇa’s greatness. He being God, sucked the life out of her while she was nursing him. Let’s look at how the Purāṇas describe Bhagwan sucking her life out of her:

Kṛṣṇa, laying hold of the breast with both hands, sucked it with such violence, that he drained it of the life; and the hideous Pūtanā, roaring aloud, and giving way in every joint, fell on the ground expiring
-Viṣṇu Purāṇa 5.5

Taking Śri Kṛṣṇa into her lap there, that cruel woman put into the baby’s mouth, her dreadful breast besmeared with deadly poison. Squeezing it hard with both his hands, the Lord full of indignation forthwith sucked the poison along with her (very) life
-Śrimad Bhagavatam, 10th Skandha, Chapter 6.9-10

And a similar account of sucking her life finds mention in the Harivamsa Purana, Vishnu Parva, Chapter 6, verse 26

Also as per the Srimad Bhagavatam 10.6.33-44, Putana’s sins are wiped off (and because of nursing him like a mother) she attains the Lord’s supreme abode just the way Yashoda and Devaki would.

Note: The translation by Gita Press Gorakhpur for the Srimad Bhagavata Purāṇa has been referred to

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    You can add that Putana attained Moksha.
    – Surya
    Mar 20, 2021 at 14:54
  • @Surya how did she attained moksha, she was evil. Mar 20, 2021 at 15:07
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    @Dark Knight due to the fact that she breastfed the Supreme Lord, her karmas were destroyed at that instant when he sucked her soul, and therefore she attained Moksha.
    – Surya
    Mar 20, 2021 at 15:11
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    @Archit Check Bhagavatam 10.6.33-44
    – Surya
    Mar 20, 2021 at 17:10
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    @Archit see the last verse "Ya Etat Putana Moksham Krsnasya Arbhakam Adbhutam"
    – Surya
    Mar 20, 2021 at 17:34

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