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Panchjanya conch and Jarasandh - Shri Krishna - Ch. 14

BY Mr Shiv Sagar February 11,2017
Panchjanya conch and Jarasandh - Shri Krishna - Ch. 14

To locate Punardatt, the son of Guru Sandipani, Krishna and Balram went to Patal lok and hunted down the demon Panchanan. There was a fight between Krishna and Panchanan, and Krishna killed Panchanan and made his Panchjanya conch shell from his bones.

He told Balram, “We will announce the start of war with this conch shell Panchjanya only; whenever a war is announced with this shell, the side of religion will be the one to win the war.” When they came to know that the Guru’s son was in Yamlok (the abode of Yama), both of them went there to meet with Yamraj.

They released the spiritual soul of Punardatt and brought him back to life then they brought him back to Guru Sandipani and Guru Mata (mother). Both of them were made very happy, and so blessed Krishna and Balram. The panchjanya became the permanent conch shell for Krishna for all future missions. 

On getting the news of the death of his son-in-law Kans, Jarasandh immediately started to plan the attack on Mathura, Only by killing all the members of Yaduvansh (the Yadava clan) and destroying Mathura, would he feel he had avenged Kans’s death. His huge army was mustered and set out to march towards Mathura.

"Krishna and Balram went to Patal lok and hunted down the demon Panchanan. There was a fight between Krishna and Panchanan, and Krishna killed Panchanan and made his Panchjanya conch shell from his bones. He told Balram, “We will announce the start of war with this shell only; whenever a war is announced with this shell, the side of religion will be the one to win the war.”

To save Mathura from this attack, Shursen had a word with his ministers. After discussing each other’s views, it was decided that they would ask for help from Hastinapur’s king Dhritrashtra. Akroorji left for Hastinapur with Shursen’s message. Before he got there, however, Shakuni had already “turned” Dhritrashtra against Mathura.

He said to the king, “The Pandavas’ mother Kunti is Mathura’s king Shursen’s sister, and it was possible that Mathura’s general Akroor has coming with a proposal to make Yudhishthir (son of Pandu) the king of Hastinapur. That is why you must consider whether you must meet with him or not.”

Dhritrashtra was not at first ready to meet Akroor, but on Bhishma Pitamah’s instigation, he called him to the court. Akroor gave him the message of King Shursen. Shakuni once again insinuated to Dhritrashtra: “Jarasandh is a very powerful person and if you help Mathura, it will offend him. We cannot afford to have enmity with Jarasandh.” Dhritrashtra was persuaded with these words, and declined to immediately make a decision regarding Mathura; he told Akroor to let him think about it.

"Akroorji left for Hastinapur with Shursen’s message. Before he got there, however, Shakuni had already “turned” Dhritrashtra against Mathura. He said to the king, “The Pandavas’ mother Kunti is Mathura’s king Shursen’s sister, and it was possible that Mathura’s general Akroor has coming with a proposal to make Yudhishthir (son of Pandu) the king of Hastinapur. That is why you must consider whether you must meet with him or not.” Dhritrashtra was not at first ready to meet Akroor, but on Bhishma Pitamah’s instigation, he called him to the court. Akroor gave him the message of King Shursen."

Bhishma Pitamah and Vidur wanted to aid Mathura, so Vidur asked Bhishma Pitamah to put pressure on Dhritrashtra. But Bhishma refused, saying that in Hastinapur, no one went against the king’s orders. Akroor met with the Pandavas’ mother Kunti, and gave her a hint that Krishna would always support the Pandavas.

Akroor also told her about his experience of the divine sight of Krishna. After this, Akroor met again with Dhritrashtra, but Dhritrashtra had decided to refuse to help Mathura. Akroor also gave Krishna’s message to him. Krishna’s message was, “A king’s conduct towards everyone should be righteous and his behavior should be conducted according to religious dictates.” Dhritrashtra listened politely, but did not change his mind. Akroor returned to Mathura after Dhritrashtra refused to help them.

"Krishna’s message was, “A king’s conduct towards everyone should be righteous and his behavior should be conducted according to what Dharms (duty) dictates.”


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