Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya: Chapter 22: Part 7

  • 241) In those instances, Balarama would win the duel. But, whenever the Avesha of Sri Vishnu wasn’t present, Bhima would always emerge victorious. Balarama would possess the Avesha of the Shukla-Kesha of Sri Vishnu (during his victories), wouldn’t he?
    • Note: Sri Krishna was born from the Krishna-Kesha or black hair of Vishnu while Balarama had the presence of the Shukla-Kesha or white hair. Such Avatara and Avesha from the hair of Paramatma is only symbolic. Otherwise there is no difference between any of the parts of Sri Vishnu.
  • 242-243) In this way, when Sri Krishna, the one with lotus in his navel, was staying at Dwaraka along with Balarama, Usha Devi, the daughter of Bana, once had a dream in which she united with Aniruddha (the grandson of Sri Krishna). She called Chitralekha and told her – “Bring him to me”. Later, she (Chitralekha) drew the pictures of men on a cloth and she (Usha) identified him. She got to know from her (Chitralekha) that he was Sri Krishna’s grandson. Chitralekha brought him to her at night.
    • Note: Chitralekha was Usha’s friend and she possessed the unique art of being able to draw the faces of people just from her imagination.
  • 244) Usha obtained the noble Aniruddha by virtue of Chitralekha bringing him to her, and she spent several days sporting with him.
  • 245) The guards of the ladies’ inner palace got to know that Aniruddha was staying there secretly and they informed Banasura of the same. He sent his guards to have him arrested.
  • 246) The powerful Aniruddha hurt them (the guards) when they arrived to catch him with his Parigha and chased them away. Then, Banasura himself came there to battle. He struggled a lot and eventually arrested him with a Nagastra.
  • 247-248) Later Sri Krishna climbed Garuda along with Balarama and Pradyumna and came there. At first he fought with the Agnis and the Aangirasa and defeated and chased them away in an instance. Thereafter he chased away the Pramatha Ganas of Shiva and then faced the ‘Jwara’.
    • Note: Aangirasa was the son of Sage Angirasa. The Jwara was a fever owing allegiance to Shiva. It was therefore a Shaiva Jwara.
  • 249) When Balarama was afflicted by fever by virtue of the attack of the Jwara in the form of an ash-attack, Sri Krishna, the lord of the Universe, hugged him and relieved him from the fever.
  • 250) Sri Janardana played with it (Shaiva Jwara) for a while and smashed it with his fists. Being Achyuta, the one without any aberrations, he created the Vaishnava Jwara.
  • 251) Although he himself had defeated the assistant of Shiva, the capable Sri Krishna wanted to get him defeated through his own assistant and hence created a separate Jwara there itself.
  • 252) When the Vaishnava Jwara started troubling the Shaiva Jwara and was about to consume it, the latter took refuge in Sri Krishna himself. When he was praised by the Jwara, the lord released it.
  • 253) The omnipotent Sri Krishna, although he never undergoes any suffering, puts on a display of having won over even ordinary people through great efforts. He does this for sport, and to confuse the Asuras. Otherwise, how can the eternally independent lord have pain or any other trouble?
  • 254) When the Jwara and others ran away from there, Shiva himself came against Sri Krishna. A battle took place between them. Sri Krishna stunned Shiva with the Vijrumbhanastra.
  • 255) When he was stunned thus, Shiva, who was standing still without any movement, and had not realized Sri Krishna due to the Avesha of Asuras, was warned through appropriate words by Lord Brahma.
  • 256) Holding on to Shiva, he entered Vishnu’s abdomen and showed him the form of Shiva that was stunned in a forest called Bilva. He also showed him that the efforts of Shankara to attain the post of Shiva had gotten halted there.
  • 257) Once the mask that had engulfed his mind due to the Avesha of Asuras had gone away, Shiva, who has the Vrushabha as his mast, realized Sri Krishna was Sri Hari himself. After that, Banasura started fighting with Sri Krishna, who cut off his thousand arms. Later, he picked up the Chakra in order to behead him.
  • 258) Then, Shiva bowed to Sri Krishna in order to protect Bana. Sri Krishna accepted Bana as a devotee and protected him, after leaving just two of his arms.
  • 259) Sri Krishna got Aniruddha released and headed back after being worshipped by Bana. In this way, Sri Krishna effortlessly won against the Agnis, Aangrirasa, Jwara, Shanmukha, Shiva and Banasura and left for Dwaraka.
  • 260) When Sri Krishna easily defeated Shiva, the destroyer of all the worlds himself, what else is to be said about his victories over the Jwara and others?
  • 261) Without the grace of Sri Hari, none of the infinite number of Shivas, Brahmas nor Mahalakshmi can get the ability to even move.
  • 262) Similarly, none of them can have knowledge or any other attributes, nor even existence without his grace! Therefore, there is no surprise in the victory of such a powerful Sri Krishna against Shiva.
  • 263) Along with Chitralekha, Usha and Aniruddha, Sri Krishna climbed Garuda and reached Dwaraka, even as he was joined by Balarama and Pradyumna. There, the eternally blissful Sri Krishna spent a lot of time sportingly.
  • 264) Such pastimes of Sri Krishna, the best amongst Yadavas, one with incalculable greatness and one with great energy, are infinite. These (pastimes) are always sung by Mahalakshmi, Brahma, Shiva, Indra, Surya and the others. They bestow Mukti.
  • 265) In this way, when Sri Krishna, one who is the very essence of strength and valour, was staying at Dwaraka, Sage Lomasha, having been sent by Indra and Arjuna, undertook a Yatra of all Tirthakshetras and joined the Pandavas.
  • 266) The Pandavas traveled the world in the order of ‘Pradakshina’ (clockwise) and undertook bathing in all the tirthas as mandated in the shastras. They worshipped Sri Hari in all those tirthas and, in order to offer all of that to Sri Krishna, reached Prabhasa.
  • 267) In order to felicitate them, Sri Krishna came there along with Balarama and all the Yadavas.
  • 268) The Pandavas offered a special worship to Sri Krishna and all the Yadavas. As per the orders of Sri Krishna, the Yadavas too felicitated the Pandavas.
  • 269) When, after looking at Bhima in the guise of a Tapasvi, Balarama started berating Duryodhana out of extreme affection for Bhima, Satyaki spoke.
  • 270-271) “Let us all slay Karna and the Kauravas and place Abhimanyu on the crown to rule the Kingdom till the Pandavas finish their thirteen year exile and return. After that, Dharmaraja can rule just as earlier”.
  • 272-273) When Satyaki said thus, Sri Krishna looked at the faces of the Pandavas and said – “O Satyaki! Pandavas do not desire any Kingdom given to them by others. They will kill their enemies with their own strength and earn the Kingdom”. When he spoke thus, the Pandavas said – “Indeed”. Later, the Yadavas returned, with Sri Krishna leading them.
  • 274) The Pandavas too thereafter reached the Himalayas. There, while on a very difficult terrain, they noticed Draupadi appearing to get tired, and remembered Haidimba (Hidimbaa’s son – Ghatotkacha). He came there along with several Rakshasas.
  • 275) Ghatotkacha carried Draupadi while his servants lifted the Pandavas. They reached Badarikashrama and worshipped Sri Narayana there. Having finished other appropriate chores there, they travelled further towards the North.
  • 276) Later they crossed the Himalayas. They went past the Hemakoota and Nishadha mountains. Next, they reached Badarikashrama, the best place on Earth, that was located in the Gandhamadana mountain, by traveling east of Meru.
  • 277) At Badari, they were accorded great respect by those excellent amongst Munis. They engaged in constant worship of Sri Narayana through penance that involved (acquisition of) knowledge and meditation. They propagated excellent philosophical truths.
  • 278) In this way, when they were relaxing at Badari, Bhimasena was once alone with Draupadi. At that time, Garuda, that excellent vehicle of Lord Vasudeva, pulled a snake out of a big pond.
  • 279) Due to the wind from the wings of Garuda, that mountain shook and an excellent golden lotus flower fell near Draupadi and Bhima. It was radiant like the rising Sun and possessed excellent odour.
  • 280) Seeing that excellent golden flower, that was of exceedingly good perfume, Draupadi, overcome by curiosity, asked Bhimasena to bring her many such flowers. She knew very well the great capability of Bhima, one that could not be tolerated (faced) by even Devatas or Daityas.

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