Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 36:13-26

Book 10: Thirty-six Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 36: Verses 13-26

Seizing tightly the demon by the horns, even as he came rushing, and throwing him to the ground, the Lord set His foot on him and (pressing him at one end with His feet) wrung him even as a drenched cloth; and (then) pulling his horn struck him with it till he fell prostrate. Vomiting blood, discharging urine and dung profusely and throwing up his feet with his eyes rolling, the demon experienced (great) agony and (eventually) met his end at the hands of Death (himself in the disguise of Sri Krsna,the Destroyer of Death). The gods (in heaven) applauded Sri Hari, covering Him with flowers. Having thus disposed of the (demon in the form of a) bull and being glorified by His own kinsmen (the cowherds), Sri Krsna (the feast of the Gopis' eyes) accompanied by Bala (who had joined him on hearing of his encounter with the bull) entered Vraja (once more).
The demon Arista having been slain by Sri Krsna of miraculous deeds, the holy Narada, who was gifted with divine vision, presently (called on and) told Kamsa of the female child (which was supposed to be the eighth progeny of Devaki and had escaped death[1] at his hands) being (as a matter of fact) a daughter of Yasoda, as well as of Sri Krsna being the (eighth) offspring of Devaki, and of Balarama being a son of Rohini as also of the two Brothers-by whom Kamsa's men (agents) had been actually made short work of--having been placed by the terrified Vasudeva (Their real father) in the charge of his friend, Nanda, Kamsa, the chief of the Bhojas, whose mind was agitated through anger to hear this (revelation), snatched a sharp-edged sword with the intention of killing Vasudeva. Stopped (however) by Narada and coming to know (from the same sage) of the two Sons of Vasudeva to have been ordained (by providence) to be his Death, he bound Vasudeva along with his wife (Devaki) with iron fetters. The celestial sage having (now) returned (to his abode in the highest heaven), Kamsa conferred with Kesi and despatched him (to Vraja) with the order "Let Balarama and Kesava (Sri Krsna) be disposed of (by you) I" Summoning in his presence Mustika, Canura, Sala, Tosalaka and others (who were renowned experts in wrestling) as well as his ministers and keepers of elephants, Kamsa (the king of the Bhojas) then said, "0! Let this (command of mine) be listened to (and obeyed forthwith), 0 heroic Canura and Mustika ! I hear the two sons of Anakadundubhi (Vasudeva), Balarama and Krsna, are dwelling in Nanda's Vraja;
at their hands I am told has my death been decreed. Let the two boys, when arrived here, be killed by you in a game of wrestling. Let galleries of diverse designs be erected (in the form of an amphitheatre) round the arena for the wrestlers, (and) let all the people of the city as well as of the country (the kingdom of Mathura) witness the voluntary combat. 0 keeper of (my) elephants, 0 blessed one, let the (mighty) elephant Kuvalayapida be brought to (and stationed at) the (main) entrance of the amphitheatre (and) kill through it my two (juvenile) enemies. Let a bow-sacrifice (in which Lord Siva is worshipped in the form of a bow and which is recommended in the works on Siva-Worship as conducive to victory over enemies) be commenced with due ceremony on the (coming) fourteenth lunar day (which is held particularly sacred to Lord Siva). Let the priests immolate animals, fit to be sacrificed, to Lord Siva (the Ruler of the spirits and popularly worshipped even to this day at Mathura under the name of Sri Bhuteswara), the Bestower of (all) boons."



  1. Vide verses 7 to 13 of Discourse IV.

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