In the previous episode, we had witnessed an interesting prelude to Bhagawan Krishna’s divine incarnation and how it all began at Mathura jail. This context comes when King Janame-Jaya asks an interim question to Sage Vaishampayana who is narrating all these events of the Mahabharata one after the other. We are at a stage where King Jaraasandha is about to be taken down by Bhagawan Krishna, Arjuna and Bheemasena, and as Sage Vaishampayana was narrating the background story of King Jaraasandha, the context of how the feud developed between Bhagawan Krishna and Jaraasandha comes. To explain this, Sage Vaishampayana uses this opportunity to commence from how Kamsa gave his sister Devaki in marriage to Vasudeva, and how an “Aakaasha-Vaani” thundered from above that Kamsa’s death was going to be in the hands of Devaki’s eighth child. Subsequently, Sage Vaishampayana explains how Kamsa got terribly shocked and furious at the same time and imprisoned both Devaki and Vasudeva at Mathura. As Devaki started delivering child after child, Kamsa ensured that each child be killed the very next day of its birth. However, the divine intervention commenced when Devaki delivered the seventh baby. Before delivering, the child was transferred from Devaki’s womb to Rohini’s womb and the child that was born out of it was none other than Balarama.
Now for the eighth child – As the baby was born, again the divine intervention took place and this baby was transferred by Vasudeva to Gokula, wherein he picked up Yashoda’s girl baby and brought it back to Mathura! Now as Kamsa saw that the eighth baby was a girl child, he couldn’t believe his eyes! However, as he was clear with his mission of killing it, he took his sword and was ready to massacre it. However, the girl baby (An incarnation of the Divine Mother Devi) flew off from Kamsa’s hands and warned him that the eighth boy baby had already taken birth and he was at Gokula, getting ready to kill him! This shocked Kamsa even more! Thus, Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation took place and eventually He grew up and killed Kamsa, which infuriated King Jaraasandha, because both his daughters have lost their husband (Kamsa) to Bhagawan Krishna’s fight! Subsequently, King Jaraasandha wanted to seek revenge for this act of Bhagawan Krishna, and invaded Him seventeen times!
I’m going a bit fast with this, because we’re going to witness all this again when Bhishmaachaarya narrates the entire incarnation of Bhagawan Krishna. I’m just setting up the context here to bring out the point that King Jaraasandha had a long-standing feud with Bhagawan Krishna in this way. Now coming back to what happened at the “Ranga-Bhoomi” of King Jaraasandha, the fight was about to begin. Bheemasena and Arjuna took their spots and were ready to launch a counter attack on Jaraasandha. The fight begins, and it quickly escalates into a huge war! Bheemasena and Arjuna were equally powerful as King Jaraasandha was, and it was an extremely tough fight going on! Jaraasandha was extremely good at the bow and arrow, but Arjuna was giving him a run for his money! As this was becoming a “stale-mate” at one point, Bhagawan Krishna signals Bheemasena to take over the mantle from Arjuna. Thus, Bheemasena invited Jaraasandha for a “Dvanda-Yuddham” (Modern day Boxing / Wrestling). Jaraasandha accepted it too, and again, a huge fight broke out between the duo. Both were equally powerful and were giving lusty blows on each other! The war continued for a long time and as it was proceeding, Bheemasena was not able to win over Jaraasandha! He simply couldn’t understand the secret behind Jaraasandha’s enormous strength. The fight went on for thirteen days non-stop!
So for today, let us understand up to this point, and in the next episode we shall witness how this marathon-fight came to an end and who tasted victory in this! Stay tuned for an absorbing accord tomorrow! 🙂