Sisupala Vadh

Rajasuyika Parva and Sisupala Vadha Parva : Sabha Parva

Sisupala Vadh Parva in Sabha Parva endues with different facts and figures, when supported with Rajasuyika Parva. The entire historical story of Mahabharata is a game plan of Shri Hari himself, where all Pandavas were instruments only. However, in that entire historical base of instrumentation too, there were some of the Powers, who were destined to be perished at the hands of Krishna himself. Sisupala was one of them, who in his earlier birth was Ravana and according to the curse to Jaya and Vijay, this was their last incarnation and foes to Hari. With the death of Sisupala, almost all who were destined to die in the hands of Krishna perishes, except Paundrik, thus taking the Bharata to the last editions.

After earning lots of tributes from the kings of the landmass, the right time came for conducting Rajasuya Yagna. Yudhisthira sent his brothers for bringing fast the kings from all regions who paid him homage as invitee. He also called upon Krishna, the mighty one from Satwata race. From Hastinapura, he also invited Bhishma, Vidura, Dhritarashtra, Karna, Younger Kuru brothers including Duryodhana and also Drona with his sons. Every of the kings were assigned a room in the Indraprastha, decked with gems and diamonds.

Among the officials, everyone was assigned different jobs. Where Ashwathama was assigned to take care of the Brahmanas, Duryodhana was assigned to accept tributs from the kings, Vidura was assigned to take care of the invitees and Brahmanas in specialty. Dwarkadheesh chose his part to wash the feet of the Brahmanas and Drupada took the charge to protect the house, where all tributes were kept. Yudhisthira then appointed his brothers to bring the best of the kings, from Avanti, Sisupala from Chedi, Sahadeva from Magadh and Bhagadatta from Pragjyotish as honorouble guests to his Yagna.

Together with them, the great sage Dwaipayana became the Agnihotri and thousands of Brahmanas of great vows accumulated to the palace of Yudhisthira. As the Yagna was completed on one side, the Brahmanas with Narada at their head went on discussing different topics of World Philosophy, from where the only sounds that came out were – this was that, that is certain, there can be no wrong in that, like these things. Finally came the hour when the Yagna fire was to be sprinkled over Yudhisthira, the Just and the empire.

As the holy water was sprinkled over the king, Bhishma, the oldest among all the members present in the Sabha asked Yudhisthira to grant Arghya to all the kings. But the granting of Arghya, as Bhishma indicated must start with the most respectable person in the Sabha. So, the king must choose one from all present here, with whom the granting of Arghya must start. On this urge of Bhishma Pitamah, Ajatshatru asked him to suggest whom to choose as the first person. On the humble request of the King, Bhishma showed Krishna and asked the king to start with him.

On that urge of Bhishma, Sisupala, the Chedi King, invoked with anger shouted loud. He almost howled at Bhishma about why Krishna has been chosen for the purpose. When there are Brahmanas of high vows, where there so many monarchs and where there are so many great warriors at the place, where there are great preceptors like Drona and Kripa, then how can he suggest Yudhisthira to regard Krishna as the first Person. Sisupala, again said, That Krishna is not even a king, nor he had any highly regarding act of might, nor even he is a Brahmana. He is just a cowboy and how can a cowboy get such a respect.

According to Sisupala, this act of Bhishma has been due to some unwise intentions, otherwise who can worship such a cunning person that enters Jarasandha Kingdom through back doors and challenge him. The act of Bhishma, according to Sisupala, was entirely to abuse and insult all the assembled Monarchs and Brahmanas. Hence, all the kings must leave the sabha immediately. Saying so, Sisupala, the Chedi King turned back with his follower kings and started to leave the Sabha, then and there.  

As Sisupala was leaving the hall, Yudhisthira went to him and tried to make him understand who Krishna is actually. He said to Sisupala and moreover to the other kings some pleasing words. Yudhisthira said, this Chedi King is too young to understand Krishna, o Monarchs. This one from Dussarah race is one from whom the entire universe sprung and  this is the one to whom the universe dilutes. Hence, this Keshav is older than even the oldest.

He carried on, he finds none in the entire sabha who is of better might than this Krishna and none, directly or indirectly, have won over this one from Satwata race. He again added, this Achyut is the supreme one, who has no end and no decay, then how can someone be mightier than this one. And pointing at the brahmanas, he said, look those Brahmanas, the knower of the truth, they are all agreed to the accept Krishna as the supreme most. Then why to go by the words of the Sisupala , Chedi King, who has little understanding about truth?

Listening to this words of the one from Ajamira race, boastful and wrathful Sisupala then attacked Krishna directly with words, mediating Bhishma. O the old one of Kuru race, look what you have trained the Pandavas, the children to you. These fellows of little understanding are saying me to be of little understanding. He says, that there is none who is equal to the might of this Madhusudan. This one killed a woman, Putna by name. Is that righteous act or is that the representation of his might? This one has lifted up an anthill Govardhana. Is that an act of might? This one has ate much and killed that mighty Kansa, whose food he have eaten. Is that a righteous act?

Sisupala, carried on, if Bhisma, you still say that this one is Old and the best, then he must say that Bhishma himself as gone unwise. He adds that he also feel that not only due to old age but from the very youth, Bhishma was unwise. He snatched by power a lady, whose match was fixed before. When that lady (Amba) wished to marry Bhishma, he disagreed. He gets personal then to Bhishma saying that he is like that old swan who ate the eggs. One who has no children of own is killed by the family members at the end and that will be the end result of Bhishma too.

Listening to this words of Sisupala, that lion among men, enormous in power, Bhima tried to rush at him and slay him then and there. Bhishma caught hold of him and said him the words then, that ignited the Chedi King even more. Bhishma said to Bheema, O son listen to me, let the dogs bark. Know that dogs bark till then when the Lion remains asleep. This lion, the Janardan is the lion and when he raises, all the dogs bark will stop then and there. This Sisupala is wicked from his birth and know him to be a part of Madhusudan only.

Listening to that, Sisupala, anguished hard and barked at Janardan saying harsh words. O Krishna, how shameless you are. These Pandavas are inclined towards you and they are offering you the first offering, without any knowledge. With this old Bhishma as their guardian, how can they know what is right, since that old fellow has always remained unwise in his acts. But, how can you remain silent and accept the offering. Have you got no shame? Have you no respect for the kings joined here and the Brahmanas and the Preceptors? Here your father Vasudeva is also sitting. How can you accept the offering, disrespecting him?

Sisupala’s dose of anguish then started to cross all the limits. He attacked Keshav directly then. Shameless you were from your childhood o Krishna. Then only you could play with the Gopis. How shameless you are that you have killed some warriors of Kansa, who are not even trained in martial art. You are that one right, who burnt Kalyavan, the friend of Jarasandha, through a saint’s wrath? You are that one right who married a Banari (Jambavati)? You always remained shameless and that can be seen throughout the sabha here today.

Bhima, hearing all these could not withstand any more and looked like Yama (death-god) himself at the end days. When he was rushing at Sisupala, Bhishma stopped him and said that know o Bhima that this Sisupala is a part of Krishna only. At his birth, he was born with four hand and three eyes to the aunt of Krishna. When everyone was worried about the future of the child and was ready to abandon this child, a heavenly voice announced to all that time has not come for death of this child. This child will be slain by him only, placing on whose lap, his two extra hands and one extra eye are lost. Afterwards, when relatives were invited and the kid was placed on the lap of Janardana, the lower hands dropped then and there and the third eye vanished instantly. Understanding that Madhusudan is the slayer of the kid, his aunt pleaded to forgive him at time. Krishna confirmed that even when the time comes when Sisupala will like to die at his hands, he will forgive 100 faults of him. Thus this Lion is waiting o Bhima. So, wait and see.

The Chedi King looking at all those acts of Bhima and Bhishma, shouted hard – Leave o Bhishma, this ever willing to fight prince. Let him behold the prowess of Sisupala today. Bhishma then replied Sisupala, if o Chedi King, you have offence to proof yourself better than Krishna, there is o Sisupala, sitting Madhusudan. Challenge him and defeat him to proof your might. Sisupala, on hearing this, challenged Krishna to fight with him.

Krishna, who was silent in the entire show, stood up then and with a silent and voice filled with warmth, addressed all that were assembled thus. He said, This Chedi King, Sisupala always remained inclined to hurt the Yadavas, although Yadavas always regarded him as their relative and forgave him. In return this Chedi King, snatched the wife of Akrura, tried to set fire on Dwarkavati, when he and Sankarshana was not in the fort. This wicked one, always inclined to do evil, even snatched Rukmini without her wish and tried to make force on her. All that he done was not disclosed by the Yadavas, feeling him to be relative to them, but today the entire sabha have seen how much wicked this fellow is.

Sisupala, then tried to make mock on Krishna, saying that who else than this shameless Keshav can utter the tale of his own wife before the hall? However, Krishna didn’t give a care to him even, completely filled with wrath. He said, I promised my aunt, mother of Sisupala that I will forgive his 100 faults, even when he desires to die. And this count has ended by now. So, not a single fault of this treacherous monster can be withheld any more. Saying so, he called in mind, his Sudarshan Chakra. The entire hall stood up, shocked and terrified.

Caring none, that real lion, the king of all kings, the oldest of all olds, the container of every creature and every celestials ad every planets and every suns, threw his discuss at Sisupala. His body was dissected immediately from his neck and the chakra returned his master. Everyone in the hall then saw a terrific thing as a heavy mist like energy came out from the body of Sisupala and dissolved into the body of Krishna. The monarchs, who were howling till then stood straight terrified with fear, as if the end times has come and none can escape the God’s mouth of justice.

Mahabharata stops saying anything more from here. After slaying Sisupala, Krishna guarded the Yagna fire himself with Saranga and Kaumadaki and no one even dared to confront him. However, Bhagabat Purana have not stopped description here. It says that Krishna, in his tremendous wrath, while throwing his discus cuts his finger severely. Draupadi, the great devotee of Keshav, finding her lord in distress, not for a single thought herself to be the queen and not even as the Samraggi (Wife of Samrat). She, didn’t show mercy to her royal robes even. With devotion and care for lord of lords as the only motive, she tore apart her royal robes and tied the wound of Keshav with that.

This admiring devotion of a friend to a friend astonished the entire sabha too. Keshav, who is the one and all and the only doer and the only one to donate the fruits of work, silently watched everything and prepared the fruits of this work of Panchali, in her coming future. However, this pure love of this kind cannot be forgotten by any means. The auspicious day remained in the memories of all and still now, the day is celebrated as Rakhi Purnima.

Start of Rajasuya Yagna

After earning lots of tributes from the kings of the landmass, the right time came for conducting Rajasuya Yagna. Yudhisthira sent his brothers for bringing fast the kings from all regions who paid him homage as invitee. He also called upon Krishna, the mighty one from Satwata race. From Hastinapura, he also invited Bhishma, Vidura, Dhritarashtra, Karna, Younger Kuru brothers including Duryodhana and also Drona with his sons. Every of the kings were assigned a room in the Indraprastha, decked with gems and diamonds.

Among the officials, everyone was assigned different jobs. Where Ashwathama was assigned to take care of the Brahmanas, Duryodhana was assigned to accept tributs from the kings, Vidura was assigned to take care of the invitees and Brahmanas in specialty. Dwarkadheesh chose his part to wash the feet of the Brahmanas and Drupada took the charge to protect the house, where all tributes were kept. Yudhisthira then appointed his brothers to bring the best of the kings, from Avanti, Sisupala from Chedi, Sahadeva from Magadh and Bhagadatta from Pragjyotish as honorouble guests to his Yagna.

Together with them, the great sage Dwaipayana became the Agnihotri and thousands of Brahmanas of great vows accumulated to the palace of Yudhisthira. As the Yagna was completed on one side, the Brahmanas with Narada at their head went on discussing different topics of World Philosophy, from where the only sounds that came out were – this was that, that is certain, there can be no wrong in that, like these things. Finally came the hour when the Yagna fire was to be sprinkled over Yudhisthira, the Just and the empire.

Arghya Dan Counsel by Bhishma

As the holy water was sprinkled over the king, Bhishma, the oldest among all the members present in the Sabha asked Yudhisthira to grant Arghya to all the kings. But the granting of Arghya, as Bhishma indicated must start with the most respectable person in the Sabha. So, the king must choose one from all present here, with whom the granting of Arghya must start. On this urge of Bhishma Pitamah, Ajatshatru asked him to suggest whom to choose as the first person. On the humble request of the King, Bhishma showed Krishna and asked the king to start with him.

On that urge of Bhishma, Sisupala, the Chedi King, invoked with anger shouted loud. He almost howled at Bhishma about why Krishna has been chosen for the purpose. When there are Brahmanas of high vows, where there so many monarchs and where there are so many great warriors at the place, where there are great preceptors like Drona and Kripa, then how can he suggest Yudhisthira to regard Krishna as the first Person. Sisupala, again said, That Krishna is not even a king, nor he had any highly regarding act of might, nor even he is a Brahmana. He is just a cowboy and how can a cowboy get such a respect.

According to Sisupala, this act of Bhishma has been due to some unwise intentions, otherwise who can worship such a cunning person that enters Jarasandha Kingdom through back doors and challenge him. The act of Bhishma, according to Sisupala, was entirely to abuse and insult all the assembled Monarchs and Brahmanas. Hence, all the kings must leave the sabha immediately. Saying so, Sisupala, the Chedi King turned back with his follower kings and started to leave the Sabha, then and there.  

Sishupala leaves Sabha and Returned

As Sisupala was leaving the hall, Yudhisthira went to him and tried to make him understand who Krishna is actually. He said to Sisupala and moreover to the other kings some pleasing words. Yudhisthira said, this Chedi King is too young to understand Krishna, o Monarchs. This one from Dussarah race is one from whom the entire universe sprung and  this is the one to whom the universe dilutes. Hence, this Keshav is older than even the oldest.

He carried on, he finds none in the entire sabha who is of better might than this Krishna and none, directly or indirectly, have won over this one from Satwata race. He again added, this Achyut is the supreme one, who has no end and no decay, then how can someone be mightier than this one. And pointing at the brahmanas, he said, look those Brahmanas, the knower of the truth, they are all agreed to the accept Krishna as the supreme most. Then why to go by the words of the Sisupala , Chedi King, who has little understanding about truth?

Listening to this words of the one from Ajamira race, boastful and wrathful Sisupala then attacked Krishna directly with words, mediating Bhishma. O the old one of Kuru race, look what you have trained the Pandavas, the children to you. These fellows of little understanding are saying me to be of little understanding. He says, that there is none who is equal to the might of this Madhusudan. This one killed a woman, Putna by name. Is that righteous act or is that the representation of his might? This one has lifted up an anthill Govardhana. Is that an act of might? This one has ate much and killed that mighty Kansa, whose food he have eaten. Is that a righteous act?

Sisupala, carried on, if Bhisma, you still say that this one is Old and the best, then he must say that Bhishma himself as gone unwise. He adds that he also feel that not only due to old age but from the very youth, Bhishma was unwise. He snatched by power a lady, whose match was fixed before. When that lady (Amba) wished to marry Bhishma, he disagreed. He gets personal then to Bhishma saying that he is like that old swan who ate the eggs. One who has no children of own is killed by the family members at the end and that will be the end result of Bhishma too.

History of Sisupala

Listening to this words of Sisupala, that lion among men, enormous in power, Bhima tried to rush at him and slay him then and there. Bhishma caught hold of him and said him the words then, that ignited the Chedi King even more. Bhishma said to Bheema, O son listen to me, let the dogs bark. Know that dogs bark till then when the Lion remains asleep. This lion, the Janardan is the lion and when he raises, all the dogs bark will stop then and there. This Sisupala is wicked from his birth and know him to be a part of Madhusudan only.

Listening to that, Sisupala, anguished hard and barked at Janardan saying harsh words. O Krishna, how shameless you are. These Pandavas are inclined towards you and they are offering you the first offering, without any knowledge. With this old Bhishma as their guardian, how can they know what is right, since that old fellow has always remained unwise in his acts. But, how can you remain silent and accept the offering. Have you got no shame? Have you no respect for the kings joined here and the Brahmanas and the Preceptors? Here your father Vasudeva is also sitting. How can you accept the offering, disrespecting him?

Sisupala’s dose of anguish then started to cross all the limits. He attacked Keshav directly then. Shameless you were from your childhood o Krishna. Then only you could play with the Gopis. How shameless you are that you have killed some warriors of Kansa, who are not even trained in martial art. You are that one right, who burnt Kalyavan, the friend of Jarasandha, through a saint’s wrath? You are that one right who married a Banari (Jambavati)? You always remained shameless and that can be seen throughout the sabha here today.

Bhima, hearing all these could not withstand any more and looked like Yama (death-god) himself at the end days. When he was rushing at Sisupala, Bhishma stopped him and said that know o Bhima that this Sisupala is a part of Krishna only. At his birth, he was born with four hand and three eyes to the aunt of Krishna. When everyone was worried about the future of the child and was ready to abandon this child, a heavenly voice announced to all that time has not come for death of this child. This child will be slain by him only, placing on whose lap, his two extra hands and one extra eye are lost. Afterwards, when relatives were invited and the kid was placed on the lap of Janardana, the lower hands dropped then and there and the third eye vanished instantly. Understanding that Madhusudan is the slayer of the kid, his aunt pleaded to forgive him at time. Krishna confirmed that even when the time comes when Sisupala will like to die at his hands, he will forgive 100 faults of him. Thus this Lion is waiting o Bhima. So, wait and see.

Sisupala challenges Krishna and being slayed

The Chedi King looking at all those acts of Bhima and Bhishma, shouted hard – Leave o Bhishma, this ever willing to fight prince. Let him behold the prowess of Sisupala today. Bhishma then replied Sisupala, if o Chedi King, you have offence to proof yourself better than Krishna, there is o Sisupala, sitting Madhusudan. Challenge him and defeat him to proof your might. Sisupala, on hearing this, challenged Krishna to fight with him.

Krishna, who was silent in the entire show, stood up then and with a silent and voice filled with warmth, addressed all that were assembled thus. He said, This Chedi King, Sisupala always remained inclined to hurt the Yadavas, although Yadavas always regarded him as their relative and forgave him. In return this Chedi King, snatched the wife of Akrura, tried to set fire on Dwarkavati, when he and Sankarshana was not in the fort. This wicked one, always inclined to do evil, even snatched Rukmini without her wish and tried to make force on her. All that he done was not disclosed by the Yadavas, feeling him to be relative to them, but today the entire sabha have seen how much wicked this fellow is.

Sisupala, then tried to make mock on Krishna, saying that who else than this shameless Keshav can utter the tale of his own wife before the hall? However, Krishna didn’t give a care to him even, completely filled with wrath. He said, I promised my aunt, mother of Sisupala that I will forgive his 100 faults, even when he desires to die. And this count has ended by now. So, not a single fault of this treacherous monster can be withheld any more. Saying so, he called in mind, his Sudarshan Chakra. The entire hall stood up, shocked and terrified.

Caring none, that real lion, the king of all kings, the oldest of all olds, the container of every creature and every celestials ad every planets and every suns, threw his discuss at Sisupala. His body was dissected immediately from his neck and the chakra returned his master. Everyone in the hall then saw a terrific thing as a heavy mist like energy came out from the body of Sisupala and dissolved into the body of Krishna. The monarchs, who were howling till then stood straight terrified with fear, as if the end times has come and none can escape the God’s mouth of justice.

Draupadi Serves Krishna : Foundation of Rakhi Purnima

Mahabharata stops saying anything more from here. After slaying Sisupala, Krishna guarded the Yagna fire himself with Saranga and Kaumadaki and no one even dared to confront him. However, Bhagabat Purana have not stopped description here. It says that Krishna, in his tremendous wrath, while throwing his discus cuts his finger severely. Draupadi, the great devotee of Keshav, finding her lord in distress, not for a single thought herself to be the queen and not even as the Samraggi (Wife of Samrat). She, didn’t show mercy to her royal robes even. With devotion and care for lord of lords as the only motive, she tore apart her royal robes and tied the wound of Keshav with that.

This admiring devotion of a friend to a friend astonished the entire sabha too. Keshav, who is the one and all and the only doer and the only one to donate the fruits of work, silently watched everything and prepared the fruits of this work of Panchali, in her coming future. However, this pure love of this kind cannot be forgotten by any means. The auspicious day remained in the memories of all and still now, the day is celebrated as Rakhi Purnima.

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