Posted: 13 July 2011 at 3:46am | IP Logged
Am I the only one to feel that the story is progressing at a break neck speed?
The title says "Dwarakadheesh..." but they did not even show the construction of Dwaraka or the circumstances in which it was built.
I just want clear up some facts here. This should be Jarasandh's eighteenth battle. 17 times he attacked Mathura and was repulsed. Then came the Kala Yavana / Muchukunda episode. Almost immediately, Jarasandh attacked once again. Seeing that Mathura would not be able to stand another seige, Krishna advises the Yadavas to emmigrate to Dwaraka.
The Srimad Bhagavatham does not describe this mass exodus in detail; claiming merely that Krishna transporded the entire Yadu clan with his Yoga Maya powers- which we can dismiss as literary hyperbole that Vyasa so often fell a prey to.
But let us look into this with whatever little facts we do know. Transporting an entire population across the breadth of the country could have been no mean task.
Dwaraka was most certainly where we think it was- in Saurashtra on the sea shore. Mathura was certainly in its present location (in UP), Magadh in Bihar and the northern portion of Madhya Pradesh could have been the Panchala Kingdom- ruled by Dhrupad. Further North were the Kurus. Vidharbh - ruled by the Bhojas was the eastern portion of Maharshtra. The region around Ujjain was the Avantika kingdom- ruled by the twin princes Vinda and Anuvinda- who though having studied with Krishna under Guru Sandipani were- at the moment -allied with Jarasandh.
The point I am trying to make is that the enitire Central belt was under the sway of Jarasandha - none of the kings could have offerred assistance or refuge to the Yadavas. The Kurus and the Panchalas were embroiled in their own family problems. This could have been the reason which necessiated a mass movement of an entire kindom, an entire clan, a distinct cultural entity to trudge thousands of kilometers to an alien land.
This, I thought would have been lovely story for the Sagars to explore, dramatise and present. Krishna discussing the political implications with vasudeva, Akrura and Ugrasens, Krishna motivating the youngsters- Satyaki, Brihadbala, etc . I am disappointed that the Sagars conveniently skipped this part.
Also Krishna's philosophical discussions could have been with Uddhava. Balrama was of the work hard- party harder school