Posted: 12 May 2011 at 7:37am | IP Logged
I remember for sure that Rukmi, Shalva, Sishupal,
Dantavakra, and Banasur were of the group. I think Bhagadatta might
have been, but not sure.
Banasur couldn't have been there - he had no contact w/ Krishna b4 Anirudha eloped w/ Usha. In fact, he once went to Shiva and complained about his 1000 arms being useless, and Shiva cursed him that a force equal to him would defeat Banasura. Had Banasura fought Krishna in this war, Shiva too would have had to fight on Jarasandha's side. So no!
Bhagadatta was Narakasura's son, and just a boy when Krishna killed his father and crowned him. He had no enemity w/ Krishna. I would be interested to know how he ended up on the Kaurava side in the war, and how was he so aged, when Krishna killed his father and enthroned him, and Krishna wasn't an aged man in Kurukshetra, and Bhagadatta was much younger than him.
Purandara, otoh, was an enemy of Krishna - he was one of Shishupala's allies who was defeated when Krishna abducted Rukmini and Balarama routed Jarasandh's & Shishupala's forces. He returned to his kingdom, and was totally depressed, so his courtiers and subject started a cult worshipping him as the true avatar of Vishnu. He started believing it himself, and invited Krishna to surrender his divinity to him, and they faced each other. Krishna killed him w/ the sudarshan chakra, and also the ruler of Kashi, who was his ally.
Reason I asked the question was that all the above enemies of Krishna, w/ the exception of Jarasandha, were killed by Krishna. Unlike in the cases of Duryodhan & Dushashan, Bhima never swore to kill Jarasandha, so Krishna or Balarama were @ liberty to kill him. I think Balaram could have killed him the same way Bhima did, and they could have freed all the kings. Similarly, Krishna ended up killing Shalva, Dantavakra, Purandara and other enemies anyway, so he could have just killed them in those battles. Shishupala was the only case where Krishna had promised his mausi that he'd spare him 100 times, so there, he didn't have a choice. In fact, that would have been easier - as he noted in video 1, he'd not have to go and hunt for them. But he killed Purandara & Dantavakra by going and hunting for them, he waited until Shalva laid waste to Dwaraka. I didn't get why he didn't finish them off in those wars themselves.
Lola, Vidhi & her vidhans were there for more khatarnag purposes, like the wacky tales we saw in the AS Ramayan.
Exit question: I think Shalva would have been a much nicer & happier ruler had he honorably been allowed to marry Amba, w/o Bheeshma sticking his nose in b/w. Anyone agree w/ me?
Edited by _Vrish_ - 12 May 2011 at 8:05am