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The rare war-torn story of Jarasandha and Bhima


Category: Religious | Posted :Monday, December 28, 2015

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The rare war-torn story of Jarasandha and Bhima

Birth of Jarasandha

 
Once upon a time, in the small kingdom of Magadha, King Brihadratha was the ruler who had two wives. His wives were twins and leading princesses of Kashi. The King led a happy and prosperous life but due to the incapability of his wives, he was not blessed with a child. In the midst of sorrowness, one day, he went to a well-known sage ChandraKaushika and explained him the sad truth. To this, the latter gave him an apple of fertility and since he was unaware about his two wives, a miracle occurred. 
The wives gave birth to two half-born lifeless babies and a man-eating witch, Jara brought together the two halves in an attempt to eat. But, after joining the baby, life sprouted within him as he wept and the King, therefore, names him Jarasandha The name Jarasandha is a Sanskrit word which translates to “the one who is joined by the demonessJara”. He was the king of Magadha and a worshipper of Shiva. However, due to his bitter rivalry with the followers of Krishna, he is considered as a negative character.in honour of Jara. ChandraKaushika visited Magadha and told the King about the astounded powers endowed in Jarasandha, he was a gifted child and disciple of Lord Shiva. 
 
Jarasandha: Reigning the throne of Magadha
 
After several years, Jarasandha grew up and became extremely powerful and strong. He received special boons from Lord Shiva, which further added to his strength and vigour. He defeated numerous Kings and promised them to make an allegiance for him to rise as a Supreme Emperor. But, he also had a dark side as he imprisoned all the Kings in order to reach the number to one hundred and one and sacrifice them to Rudra (a form of Shiva). He married his daughters in the Kingdom of Mathura and gave them to Kansa by befriending him.
 
Enmity of Jarasandha and Krishna
 
But, Kansa was killed by KrishnaKrishnaKrishna
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making Jarsandha his enemy. Jarasandha attached Mathura seventeen times and Krishna crushed his army sparing the cruel King alone. Krishna took help of his cousins, Pandavas, who acquired a kingdom of Indraprastha. The eldest Pandava had to perform Rajasuya Yagya, and hence, Yudhishitra had to assume the power of supreme emperor by defeating Jarasandha. Krishna plotted a full-proof plan wherein he asked the three powerful Pandavas, Yudhishitra, Arjuna and Bheema to dress up like Brahmans and set a journey towards Magadha, the wrestling ground. 
 
Rivalry between Jarasandha and Bheem
 
Upon reaching the kingdom of Magadha, Jarasandha realised the three men were not Brahmans and were faking their attires, thus, Krishna revealed their true identities. But, Jarasandha refused to fight with Yudhishtra and Arjuna, picked Bheema instead, for an equal and tough competition.
The wrestling match continued for 14 days and the excitement rose because neither of them succumbed to pain or death. Their amazing tactics and burst of strength always equalled the match till Krishna unveiled the secret to defeat the half-bodied man. Krishna, on the fourteenth day, told Bheema to tear the two halves of Jarasandha and throw them in opposite direction. Bheema tore the body of Jarasandha full strength and power, but the latter joined his parts and got up for the fight again. Then, Bheema got the trick and he threw the equal halves in opposite direction thereby killing the unscrupulous King of Magadha and therefore, freeing all the imprisoned Kings. 
 
Conclusion
 
In my opinion, the exemplar fight between the two powerful machos depicts that determination and patience can defeat even the worst situations in life. At the end, it's always the truth and honesty that overpowers cruelty and malaise. Though both the contenders had an equal strength and power, with an additional boon by ShivaShivaShiva
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given to King Jarasandha, yet he died because of his malpractices and shrewd demeanour. Krishna here acted as an angel from the above who just gave a direction and clue to Bheema. Similarly, in our daily lives, we come across the brutal, nasty and evil people but the best way to defeat them is by doing right, helping society, serving the mankind and performing good deeds to overcome evil over good. 
 

 

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