Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 63:1-17

Book 10: Sixty-three Chapter (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 63: Verses 1-17

(Aniruddha brought back (to Dwaraka)

Sri Suka began again : On this side the four rainy months slipped by the relations (Sri Krsna and others) of Aniruddha, who (sorely) missed him and had been sorrowing for him (all the time), 0 scion of Bharata ! Hearing from Narada the (whole) story as to how he had been taken prisoner as well as of his doings (viz., how he had disposed of a whole contingent of Banasura's army), the Vrsnis, who looked upon Sri Krsna as a deity, proceeded to Sonitapura. Accompanied by (an army consisting of) twelve Aksauhinis and united under the command of Balarama and Sri Krsna, Pradyumna, Satyaki, Gada, Samba and Sarana, as well as the (other) jewels among the Yadus-Nanda, Upananda, Bhadra and others-closely besieged the capital of Bana from every side. Beholding the city with its urban gardens, fortifications, towers and gates being shattered, Bana, full of rage, sallied forth to meet them with an equally strong army. Surrounded by (His followers known by the name of) Pramathas, including His son (Lord Kartikeya), and riding. on His bull, Nandi, Lord Rudra (too) fought with Balarama and Sri Krsna for the sake (on the side) of Bana. A most tumultuous and astounding encounter took place between Sri Krsna and Lord Sarikara-an encounter which made one's hair stand on end; and another. between Pradyumna and Kartikeya.
Another combat (similarly) raged between Balarama (on the one hand) and Kumbhanda and Kupakarna (on the other). A (similar) duel took place between Samba and Bana's son, and another between Bana and Satyaki. Rulers of gods headed by Brahma, ascetics, Siddhas and Caranas, Gandharvas, Apsaras and Yaksas came forth in their aerial cars to witness the conflict. Sri Krsna (a scion of Sura) put to flight, with His sharp-pointed arrows discharged from the Sarnga bow, the followers of Lord Siva, viz., the Bhutas, Pramathas, Guhyakas (Yaksas), Dakinis and Yatudhanas, Vetalas and Vinayakas, Pretas, Matrkas and Pisacas, Kusmandas and Brahmaraksasas. Lord Siva (the Wielder of the Pinaka bow) discharged various kinds of missiles at Sri Krsna (the Wielder of the Sarnga bow); the latter (however) unconcernedly neutralized them all with counter-missiles. Against Brahmastra He employed Brahmastra; against Vayavyastra He employed the Parvatastra; against the fiery missile He employed the Parjanyastra and against the Pasupatastra He employed His own (Narayanastra). Then, stupefying with Jrmbhanastra Lord Sankara, who (forthwith) began to yawn, Sri Krsna (a scion of Sura) began to strike down the army of Banasura with His sword, mace and arrows. Being beaten on all sides by the volleys of arrows discharged by Pradyumna, and emitting blood from every limb, Skanda escaped from the battle-field on the back of His peacock. Struck by (Balarama's) pestle, Kumbhanda and Kupakarna also fell down. With their generals killed, Banasura's troops fled in all directions. Highly indignant to see his army being scattered, Bana, rushed towards Sri Krsna on the battle-field in a chariot, leaving Satyaki alone.



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