Chapter 21 How Jarasandha is Killed
Brihadratha, who oversaw three regiments, ruled the Magadha empire and gained fame as a great hero. He promised each of them that he would treat them equally when he married the raja of Kasi’s twin daughters.
For a long time, Brihadratha was denied the gift of procreation. When he grew old, he gave his ministers control of the kingdom, took his two wives to the forest, and began to live a life of austerity.
He went to the Gautama family’s Sage Kausika with a heartbroken desire for offspring. And when the sage asked him what he desired after being moved by compassion, he responded, “I “am childless and have fled my kingdom to the wilderness. Give me kids, please.”
A mango fruit accidentally dropped onto the sage’s lap while he was contemplating how to assist the king. The sage was overcome with compassion. He took it and blessed it before giving it to the king “Grab it. Your request will be granted.”
The fruit was divided in half by the monarch and given to each of his wives. He did this in order to uphold his promise to neither side to be partial. The women’ pregnancies occurred some time after they consumed the fruit.
The delivery happened on schedule. But instead of giving them the anticipated joy, it engulfed them in even more misery. Because just one-half of a kid was born to each of them. Each half was a horrifying birth that appeared as a lump.
Of one eye, one limb, half a face, one ear, and so on, they were in fact two equal and complimentary parts of one infant. They were so distraught that they gave the order to their servants to wrap the horrifying fragments in a cloth and throw them away.
The servants followed orders and placed the cloth bundle on a pile of trash on the street. That location was discovered by a cannibal Rakshasi.
She was overjoyed to see the two pieces of flesh, and when she picked them both up at once, the halves unintentionally fit together correctly.
They instantly bonded with one another and transformed into a complete, flawless kid.
The startled Rakshasi had no desire to murder the kid. She pretended to be a lovely woman and went to the monarch to introduce the infant, telling him, “This is your child.”
The monarch gave it to his two wives and expressed his extreme joy.
This youngster was given the name Jarasandha. He developed into a man with great physical power. But due to the fact that it was created by the fusing of two distinct pieces, his body had one weakness: with enough power, it could be divided in half again.
This intriguing tale effectively conveys the crucial lesson that two weak, susceptible to splitting pieces linked together will still be weak. When it was decided to conquer and kill Jarasandha, Sri Krishna said: “Jarasandha’s associates Hamsa, Hidimbaka, Kamsa, and others are no more. The moment is opportune to murder him now that he is alone. Armies are of no service in battle. He needs to be engaged in a single conflict and killed.”
A kshatriya was required to accept the challenge to a duel, whether it involved weapons or not, in accordance with the codes of honour of the time.
The last kind was a catch-as-catch-can wrestling match to the death or a battle to the death with weighted gauntlets. For the purpose of killing Jarasandha, Krishna and the Pandavas followed this kshatriya practise.
With bark-fiber garments on and sacred darbha grass in their hands, they pretended to be men who had taken religious oaths. As a result, they crossed into the Magadha kingdom and arrived at Jarasandha, the capital.
Jarasandha was troubled by ominous portents. He had priests conduct propitiatory ceremonies, and he personally engaged in fasting and penance, to fend off the looming peril.
Arjuna, Bhima, and Krishna came unarmed inside the castle. They were greeted with reverence by Jarasandha because of their dignified attitude, which seemed to reflect an honourable origin. To avoid having to utter falsehoods, Bhima and Arjuna did not respond to his words of welcome.
They heard Krishna speak for them: “As part of their austerities, these two are now keeping their vow of silence. Only after midnight can they communicate.” After entertaining them in the sacrificial hall, Jarasandha went back to the palace. Jarasandha called at midnight to visit them since it was his custom to see aristocratic guests who had made vows and speak to them at their leisure and convenience.
Jarasandha was sceptical of their behaviour, and he also saw that they possessed the haughty demeanour of kshatriyas in addition to the scars left by the bowstring on their hands. When Jarasandha pressed them for the truth, they said directly: “We are here to fight you right away. You are free to pick whichever of us you want to fight with.”
After familiarising himself with their identities, Jarasandha said: “Krishna, Arjuna is a little kid, whereas you are a cowherd. Bhima is well known for his might. I thus want to fight with him.” Jarasandha bravely consented to battle Bhima without a weapon since he was unarmed.
As Krishna and Arjuna watched in alternating hope and worry, Bhima and Jarasandha engaged in a continuous 13-day battle without stopping for rest or food due to their equal strength.
When Jarasandha began to exhibit indications of tiredness on the fourteenth day, Krishna told Bhima that it was time to put an end to him.
Bhima immediately lifted him, spun him around a hundred times, threw him to the ground, grabbed his legs, and tore his body in half. And Bhima screamed with joy. The two parts instantly fused, and Jarasandha, now entire, sprang into vigour and once again assaulted Bhima. When Bhima witnessed Krishna take up a straw, break it in half, and hurl the pieces in opposing directions, he was horrified by the sight and unsure of what to do.
When Bhima tore Jarasandha apart again, he got the hint and hurled the two pieces in separate ways so they couldn’t reunite and merge. Jarasandha died in this manner. Princes who had been imprisoned were freed, and Jarasandha’s son was made king of Magadha. Arjuna, Bhima, and Krishna then made their way back to Indraprastha.
Now that Jarasandha was no longer a threat, the Pandavas could execute the Rajasuya with all due pomp and circumstance. Emperor Yudhishthira accepted the role.
Only one event ruined the jubilation. At the end of the festivities, when the first honour was being paid, Sisupala misbehaved in front of the princes and incited a fight with Krishna in which he was killed.
Keep Mahabharat Book at Home and Read Daily – DO NOT FALL TO FAKE PROPAGANDA and Allow Enemies to Weaken our Dharma and Bharat
This historical epic Mahabharat is known as fifth Veda. It is a common misconception spread by mlecchas; muslims and christian missionaries, and secular Hindus that reading Mahabharat or keeping it at home will likely lead to arguments and fighting. All of this misinformation was spread by illiterate mlecchas and anti-Hindus, and it is completely incorrect. It is done to mentally weaken Hindus so that they avoid reading Mahabharat. Because Mahabharat invokes bravery, pride and sense of confidence in Hindus.
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