Gajendra was the king of elephants. He lived with his
family on a mountain.
On a hot summer day as temperature soared he and his family
descending the mountain to bathe in the cold waters of the lake below.
Gajendra became playful and began spraying the chilly water with his
trunk. A crocodile lived in that lake. As the still waters moved, the
crocodile got disturbed. Angry, he stealthily attacked Gajendra and sunk his teeth into his leg.
Startled, Gajendra cried out in pain. As his leg bled, he tried to pull it
out from the crocodile's jaws. Deeply bruised, his strength failed him. Anxious Gajendra began praying to Vishnu.
In the while, the majestic figure of the Lord seated on Gajendra
emerged. Though crying in pain, Gajendra welcomed Vishnu with
a Lotus. Vishnu jumped into the lake
and swam out to the crocodile. Then tearing it jaws apart he killed the
animal and saved Gajendra.