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Argument and Promise

Despite the mutual love and respect that we share with the ones indispensable to us, situations might so arise that we might be pitted against the very same people we have admired all our lives. Our mythological tales might be a guiding light in times of such conflict. The story of the fight that ensued between Krishna and Shiva is one such story.

The eldest among the 100 offsprings of the valiant warrior Bali was Banasura. From a very young age,Banasura was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. At a very tender age, he left off for the Himalayas to seek the great Mahadev. He gave in several years to penance and managed to please Lord Shiva.

Lord gifted him tremendous zeal and strength, and this turned Banasura into an invincible warrior. Not only that, Lord himself promised to protect him whenever any danger loomed near him. From that point on, he conquered his every enemy and earned wide fame and recognition for his strength.

But the fame got to his head and Banasura ended up challenging Lord Shiva himself. Lord was appalled and told him that neither his invincible strength nor Banasura himself would last very long as his conqueror had laid foot on Earth. And when the flag on the summit of his palace falls off, he should know that his enemy had arrived.

Banasura had a daughter named Usha. Usha sawAniruddha, Krishna's grandson in her dreams and was instantly smitten by the charm and grace of the handsome young man. She was intrigued by the person she had seen and discussed her dream with her best friend Chitralekha. Chitralekha was a practitioner of yogmaya, and quickly identified the man of her dreams. Using her mystical powers, she deported a sleeping Aniruddha to Usha's room in the palace.

When Aniruddha woke up, he was charmed by the beauty of Usha. Usha confessed her love forAniruddha and for Aniruddha, he'd been smitten by love at the very first glimpse he had caught of Usha.Thus started their love story.

The conqueror of the invincible Banasura that Lord Shiva had identified was none other than Aniruddha. On his arrival, the flag fell off the palace's summit and Banasura who had been anticipating his arrival for a long time, instantly knew that his supposed conqueror was very near. Banasura's ministers who had been eavesdropping to the sound of a man fromUsha's room informed Banasura of the same. Sensing a threat to his life, Banasura stormed into her room and forcefully took Aniruddha captive.

Meanwhile in Dwaraka, Krishna was informed of his grandson's imprisonment and was infuriated. He prepared himself for a deadly war to liberate his grandson from the clutches of the evil Banasura. He left with his brother Balarama for Sonitpur, the capital of Banasura.

Balarama displayed tremendous strength in the battlefield and single handedly eliminated the army of Banasura. Krishna and Banasura meanwhile, went head to head. Even though Banasura was tremendously powerful, he realized that he could never match the strength of the lord himself. In this vital juncture, he called for Lord Shiva's help.

Mahadeva himself descended on the battlefield to protect his devotee. The stage was set. It was going to be a bloodbath between two men who had nothing but love and respect for each other. Even though they never had animosity for each other, they couldn't back out of the war. Krishna couldn't let his grandson be confined to the cells of the prison whileMahadeva could not back out of his promise.

What ensued was a spectacle that intrigued the entire universe. The Devas, the sages and the heavenly beings watched with open eyes asPashupatastras were neutralized by Narayanastrasand the deadly Brahmastras were exchanged.

Even after months of war, it was clear that no winner could ever come out of this. Realizing that he was amidst a fight that sees no end, Krishna folded his hands and requested Mahadeva for a way out of this. Mahadeva blessed Lord Krishna and suggested him a way out. He hinted Lord Krishna to attack him with Nidrastra. Lord Krishna did the same and this tranced Lord Shiva into sleep.

Sensing an opportunity, Krishna chopped off all but four arms of the thousand armed Banasura. He was about to chop off Banasura's head when Lord Shiva woke up again and said that he couldn't let his Bhakt die at the hands of an enemy. Either Lord Krishna fight Mahadeva or grant Banasura life.

Lord Krishna had already seen that a fight between him and Lord Shiva would never see any end. He informed Mahadeva of how he had been forced into fighting his Bhakt as his grandson had been taken captive by him. Hearing this, Lord Mahavira orderedBanasura to immediately free Aniruddha. Banasurahappily obliged. Banasura also blessed the couple and offered Lord Krishna immense respect. Thus ended the battle between Banasura and Lord Krishna.

This tale from our past has immense relevance in our modern day lives. Sometimes destiny might pit us against people we absolutely revere. It is our duty to not indulge in the fight at all, unless it's inevitable. Even in the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna offered peace to the Kauravas before the great Kurukshetra war ensued.

Not only that, we can also learn how we might be manipulated into making promises to people who will only use us for the wrong purposes. Before you make promises to anyone in life, we must cross check if the person is worth it, and if it is a person we can trust. Else right promises to the wrong people might pit us against our very own loved ones.

From the story of Banasura, we learn that it is absolutely essential to not let the fame get to our head. We must always remember that wherever we are today in life, we have been absolutely blessed to be there. We must never forget or hurt the people who helped us be where we are today.

Parimal Paritosh

About Parimal Paritosh

The author has spent his formative years trying to learn and understand Indian Mythology. He is deeply fascinated by the spiritual heritage of the Indian subcontinent. Other interests of the author include Politics, History and Computer Science. You can follow him on Quora
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