Identified as an asura, he is an assassin under the command of Kṛṣṇa’s maternal uncle, Kaṃsa. He came to Vrindāvan in the form of a vicious serpent and devoured Kṛṣṇa, his companions and even his cattle, all of whom wandered into his mouth taking it to be a beautiful prairie. However, the perceptive Kṛṣṇa soon realised this; he entered Agha’s throat and killed him by asphyxiating him. Agha’s soul, however, found salvation as it died in the hands of Kṛṣṇa, an incarnation of the Almighty.