Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 79:17-28

Book 10: Seventy-nine (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 79: Verses 17-28

Greeting and bowing to the sage Agastya residing there, and receiving his blessings and permission, He went to the southern sea and visited (the shrine of) Goddess Durga (at Kanyakumari) known by the name of Kanya. Next He went to the Phalguna Tirtha (Anantasayana) and the great lake of Pancapsarasa, another abode of Lord Visnu. There after bathing in its holy waters, He gave away ten thousand cows (to the Brahmanas). Then Lord Balarama visited the principalities of Kerala and Trigarta, and (from there He) went to Gokarna, sacred to Siva, where Bhagavan Sankara is eternally present. Thence He visited (the shrine of) Goddess Parvati (known by the name of Arya) located in an island, after which He went to Surparaka. Then after bathing in the Tapti, Payosni and Nirvindhya; rivers, He entered the Dandaka forest. (From there He went to the bank of the Narbada, where stands the city of Mahismati and after bathing in the Manutirtha returned to Prabhasa.There He heard from the mouth of Brahmanas that in the historic fight between the Kurus and the Pandavas (almost) all the Ksatriyas had lost their lives. He felt, that the burden of the earth had been (greatly) relieved (by that terrible war).
On the day Bhima and Duryodhana were engaged in a single combat with their maces on the battle-field, Sri Balarama reached Kuruksetra to prevent their fight. Yudhisthira, for his part, Nakula, Sahadeva, Bhagavan Sri Krsna and Arjuna, all bowed to Him, as soon as they saw Him, and stood silent anxious to know the mission which had brought Him there. Bhima and Duryodhana, burning with rage, were then performing, mace in hand, their wonderful manoeuvres with a view to overthrowing one another. Seeing them thus engaged, Balarama said. "King Duryodhana and Bhimasena, both of you are (renowned) warriors equally matched in strength. If Bhimasena is superior in strength, Duryodhana is more skilful in wielding the mace. To my mind, neither of you is likely to win or be vanquished, since- you possess equal energy. Therefore, let this useless fight cease." Though this advice of Sri Balarama was salutary (to both), the enmity which they bore to each other was so deep-seated that they could not accept the same. They could not forget the offensive words and malevolent acts of each other.



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