Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 72:38-48

Book 10: Seventy-two (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 72: Verses 38-48

Thus when their maces fell broken, the two warriors full of rage struck each other with their fists as hard as steel. As they fought like two elephants, the blows they dealt at each other with their palms produced a sound as sharp as the clap of thunder. Pariksit, Jarasandha and Bhimasena were equally matched so far as training, strength and vigour were concerned and both fought with unabated violence; yet their contest remained undecided. Though engaged in a mortal fight during the day-time, they lived as friends during the nights. In this way twenty-seven days passed. Pariksit, on the twenty-eighth day Bhima said to his cousin, Sri Krsna, "Krsna, I am unable to overthrow Jarasandha in a duel." Sri Krsna, who knew the secret of Jarasandha's birth and death, (viz.,) how the demoness Jara, joined his body divided into two and conferred life on him, considered the matter and comforting Bhimasena infused His own strength into the latter. Having hit upon the plan of overthrowing the enemy, Sri Krsna, whose insight was infallible, took up a twig and split it into two by way of a signal to demonstrate to Bhimasena how to do it.
The foremost warrior of enormous strength, Bhima, understood what was to be conveyed to him and taking hold of Jarasandha by the feet threw him on the ground. Pressing a foot of the enemy with one foot, he took hold of the other with both his hands, and split him into two from the anus, as a huge elephant splits up a twig. The people saw the two halves of Jarasandha's person each with one foot, one thigh, one testicle, one hip, half the back and one breast; one shoulder, one arm, one eye, one eyebrow and one ear. Great was the outcry among his subjects when Jarasandha, the king of Magadha, fell. Bhagavan Sri Krsna and Arjuna greeted Bhimasena by embracing him. The Almighty Lord, Bhagavan Sri Krsna, is the life-giver of all creatures; no one can fathom His greatness. Having installed Jarasandha's son, Sahadeva, on the throne of Magadha, he set at liberty all the kings who had been imprisoned by Jarasandha.

Thus ends the seventy-second discourse entitled "Jarasandha killed", in the latter half of Book Ten of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana,otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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