But Sri Krishna’s death has its own share of legends. It is said that after making Dwarika his home, he gave up his mortal form near Somnath in Prabhas Kshetra. He was saddened by the demise of his clan. One day he was retiring under a Pipal tree. A hunter called Jara, who had mistaken him for a dear, shot an arrow. The arrow pierced his feet. This is said to be the reason for his death.
But who was that hunter called Jara? Puranic beliefs have it that he was actually Bali of Treta Yuga. Lord Rama had killed him when he was fighting with Sugriva. Rama had shot an arrow at him from his hideout. In Dwapar Yuga, this same Bali became Jara hunter and shot an arrow on Krishna from his hideout. It is said that the incarnation of Vishnu, Lord Krishna actually chose for himself a similar death that an another incarnation of Vishnu Lord Rama had chosen for Bali. It is called an another “Leela” of the Leeladhar Sri Krishna.
Aniruddha Joshi Shatayu