Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya: Chapter 21: Part 5

  • 161) In order to make known his strength and also due to his resolve not to hit at the vulnerabilities, Bhimasena did not attack him in his vital parts.
  • 162) When his body split, a big sound occurred as if the world had burst. The three lokas shook due to the same.
  • 163) Having killed Sri Krishna’s enemy, he offered it as a worship. Sri Krishna had accompanied him there in order to personally receive that great worship.
  • 164) Sri Janardana received that offering of Bhima and became very pleased and gave Bhima a deep hug. Bhima bowed to him repeatedly. Arjuna performed a sashtanga namaskara to Bhima.
  • 165) Due to the grace of Sri Krishna, when Bhimasena violated the boon of Shiva in that manner, Brahma and the other Devatas became pleased and departed. The Asuras too left even as they became extremely sad.
  • 166) Sahadeva, the son of Jarasandha, was an intelligent person. He took refuge under Sri Krishna, Bhima and Arjuna. He offered his sister and a chariot to Bhima. He bowed to Sri Krishna with extreme devotion.
  • 167) That chariot was given by Sri Hari to King Vasu through Indra. Since Jarasandha was born in the lineage of Vasu, he had inherited the same. Bhimasena offered that chariot of Sri Hari to Sri Hari himself.
    • Note: The Vasu referred to in this shloka is Uparichara Vasu.
  • 168) Sri Krishna remembered Garuda who came and sat in the chariot’s mast. Sri Krishna along with the two Pandavas climbed the chariot. Bhima accepted the kanya on behalf of his brother Sahadeva.
    • Note: The sister of Sahadeva therefore ended up marrying the Pandava Sahadeva.
  • 169) Nakula had already been given a daughter by King Shalya. Like her, this kanya too was the Avatara of Usha Devi. Nakula and Sahadeva enjoyed their lives with these two. Usha Devi is the wife of Ashwini Devatas.
  • 170) Later Nakula and Sahadeva started interacting with Draupadi considering her to be their sister-in-law. The son of Jarasandha worshipped Sri Krishna and the two Pandavas with many jewels and returned after taking their permission.
  • 171) As per the instructions of Sri Krishna, Sahadeva performed the pitru karyas. As per his orders he released the Kings as well. Sri Krishna, who was worshipped by those released Kings, followed them along with Bhima and Arjuna and returned.
  • 172) Those Kings were all treated well by Sahadeva. All of them praised Sri Krishna and Bhima and returned to their homes. Jarasandha, the enemy of Sri Krishna, eventually obtained Tamas.
  • 173) Sri Krishna and the two Parthas climbed on to a single chariot and proceeded towards Dharmaraja. Hearing the sounds of their conches, Dharmaraja realized their arrival and their victory, and became extremely pleased.
  • 174) Later Bhagavan Sri Vyasa came there and instructed the Pandavas to make all preparations for the Yajna. He asked them to perform a Rajasuya combined with the Parama Ashwamedha Yajna, something that none apart from Brahma had performed.
  • 175) One who performs such a joint Yajna, if he also possessed qualities equal to that of Brahma, would obtain the position of the creator. Sri Vyasa, the Guru of Brahma, asked them to perform such a Yajna in order to ensure that the maximum results accrue to Bhima.
  • 176) The individual who is the most important reason behind the performance of a task obtains the complete benefit from the same. The others obtain limited results. Thus is the decision of the Shastras. This applies to all apart from Sri Vishnu. After all, isn’t he beyond Karma and its effects!!
  • 177) The Devatas, even if they are responsible for sinful tasks, do not normally suffer its effects. Similarly, the Daityas do not obtain results of noble deeds. Human beings get their share from both types of deeds.
  • 178) The killing of Jarasandha, the victory over Karna, Keechaka and others – since all these were invincible, it is said that the main instrument of the Rajasuya was Bhimasena.
    • Note: – Since Bhima killed or defeated all of them, the most difficult challenges in the performance of the Yajna were resolved by him. Hence Bhima was the main, rather actual, performer of the Yajna.
  • 179) Arjuna was the second important instrument. Yudhishthira was third in the order. In this way, to ensure Bhima obtained the position of Brahma, Sri Vyasa ordered them to perform the Yajna which none other had performed, and asked them to start the digvijaya.
  • 180) Then Arjuna said – “O Lord! I possess an excellent bow, flag and chariot. Therefore, it is my desire that I should be handed over the responsibility of the digvijaya”.
  • 181-182) When Arjuna spoke thus, Sri Vyasa, the Lord of all, said – “It is true that you possess the necessary means in abundance. Similarly, you possess immense strength. However, Keechaka and the others as also Karna will not come under your control”.
  • 183) “Although you are more powerful than Karna, due to competition over you he will never surrender and pay tax as long as he is alive. It is not possible for you to kill him now”.
  • 184) “Since he possesses the kavacha and kundala you will be unable to kill him now. Therefore, let Vrikodara proceed in the direction that is dear to your father (east)”.
  • 185) “Out of fear that he may be captured alive, Karna will surely pay tax to Bhima. Let there be no doubt about this. After all, hasn’t he already lost to Bhima earlier?”
  • 186) “Due to Shiva’s boon, Keechaka and Paundraka Vasudeva are invincible. Yet they will come under the control of Bhima. Similarly, the King of Chedi (Shishupala) too will come under his control”.
  • 187) “Since the killing of Jarasandha by Bhima, all of them fear getting caught by him. Either after losing, or even before that, they shall pay tax”.
  • 188) “You proceed in the direction ruled by the God of wealth (North). Attain victory against the seven islands and against the Nagas, Daityas in all directions and also against the Daityas in the nether worlds and return quickly”.
  • 189) “You have a divine chariot that flies in air. Similarly you possess divine weapons and a divine bow. Yet, let Bhima proceed against Bana and others who are invincible due to the boon of Shiva”.
  • 190-191) “Thereafter, as per my orders, the other Kings too will pay tax to Bhima. Let Nakula and Sahadeva too go towards the western and southern directions and attain fame and punya” – when Sri Vyasa instructed thus, all of them bowed to that great ocean of noble attributes with devotion and went in the directions decided by him.
  • 192) Bhimasena defeated numerous Kings. Later he went to King Virata. There, having defeated Keechaka, he obtained tax from him.
  • 193) After that he won against many Kings routinely, and reached the Chedi country. Due to the words of his mother, and out of fear, Shishupala accorded Bhima respect.
  • 194) Bhima stayed at the house of his aunt for a few days happily, and collected a lot of tax (from Shishupala). He then continued his conquest in the eastern direction.
  • 195-196) He systematically defeated all the Kings and then fought against the powerful Paundraka and Karna and rendered them chariot-less. He collected taxes from all of them and then won against Indra and the other Devatas who were present on the peaks of the Himalayas. Having contested against him for joy, the Devatas happily gave him lots of jewels.
  • 197) The mighty Shesha and Garuda too contested against him for sport. Bhima defeated them and happily accepted the ornaments given by them. Out of friendship in their hearts, they gave him a deep hug.
  • 198) The powerful Bhima then reached the city of Banasura by swimming across the ocean. There, he defeated Shiva who came in the form of an elephant. Hara, who fought with him for sport, became very pleased with Bhima.
  • 199) When asked by Shiva, Bhima narrated all the details of his conquest, including the defeat of Devatas such as Garuda, Shesha, Indra and others who had fought against him in the guise of Lions, Tigers and other animals.
  • 200) Shankara listened to all of that and, having realized that it was Sri Hari who was going to conduct the Yajna, got Banasura, the son of Bali, to hand over a heap of jewels.

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