Yet another legend says that there was an Ogress known as Pootana.
Lord Krishna's devil uncle Kansa seeked the help of Pootana to kill infant
Krishna by feeding him poisonous milk.
Pootana disguised herself as a simple and pious woman and treacherously fed
baby Krishna with her poisoned breast. Lord Krishna, however, sucked her
blood which revealed the monster behind that pious woman and laid her to
On the night before Holi, there is a practice to burn an effigy of Pootana
- the Ogress who nearly killed Lord Krishna. The tradition is symbolic of
victory of divinity over demonic forces. It also shows the end of winter and
darkness - as typified by Pootana.