At midnight on ashtami, the celestial child was born. Vasudeva clasped the child to his bosom and started for Gokula. He jerked his legs and the chains that had bound them fell away. Then the massive iron doors of his prison cell unlocked and opened up.
Torrential rains fell as Vasudeva tried to cross the river Yamuna. He held the baby high over his head so he wouldn’t drown. But he was saved when a five headed snake followed him from behind and provided shelter for both him and the baby.
When Vasudeva reached Gokula he quickly exchanged the babies and rushed back to his prison with the baby girl. All the people of Gokula rejoiced at the birth of Nanda and Yashoda‘s beautiful baby boy. When Vasudeva entered his prison cell in Mathura, the prison doors closed on their own.
Kamsa was immediately notified of the birth and rushed to the prison to kill the newborn child. But this time the child flew from his grip and into the sky. She transformed into the goddess Yogamaya and told Kamsa, “O foolish one! What will you get by killing me? Your nemesis is already born somewhere else.”