(Last Updated on : 14/09/2009)
Arishta is a demon, whose name is mentioned in the Vishnu Purana. It is said that one this demon came in the form of a savage bull to the spot where Krishna and the Gopis were dancing together. His colour was that of a cloud charged with rain, he had vast horns and his eyes were like two fiery suns, his tail was erect, his dewlap hung low. With this ferocious look, he was a terror to the herds. The herdsmen and their women were exceedingly frightened and called aloud on Krishna. Then he came to their help without any fear. He waited the near approach of the bull, when he seized him by the horns and pressed his sides with his knees. He beat the fierce demon tearing off one of the horns and beating him with it till he died vomiting blood from his mouth. The herdsmen then praised Krishna.
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