On seeing that the inhabitants of Vrindavana had neglected to worship him, Indra, the king of heaven, decided to punish them by sending terrible rain clouds to inundate the land of Vrindavan. Seething with rage, king Indra was thinking that simply on the advice of a talkative village boy named Krishna, the Vrajavasis had stopped the Indra-yajna and instead worshipped Goverdhana Hill, the brahmanas, and the cows. Unfortunately, being so puffed-up with his own self-importance and false prestige, Indra could not understand that this simple village boy called Krishna was in fact the Supreme Personality of Godhead enjoying His transcendental pastimes as a cowherd boy in the land of Vrindavan.

Calling for the samvartaka clouds of devastation that are used to destroy the whole cosmic manifestation at the end of a kalpa, Indra ordered them to proceed to Vrindavan and cause extensive floods that would destroy the livelihood of the inhabitants.