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Ranchod and Balaram’s marriage - Ch. 18

BY Mr Shiv Sagar February 11,2017
Ranchod and Balaram’s marriage  - Ch. 18

Shri Krishna went with Kalyavan to a remote place to fight. Krishna started running; Kalyavan thought that Krishna was running to save his life so he also started running after him. From this day, Krishna got a a new name of Ranchod, “Ran” means battlefield and “chod” means leave, hence Ranchod, the one who left the battle field.

Shri Krishna finally reached the cave on the mountain where King Muchhkand of the deadly waking gaze was sleeping. Krishna covered Muchhkand with his pitambar (yellow silk cloth) and hid himself nearby. When Kalyavan reached there and saw Muchhkand covered with Krishna’s pitambar, he took him to be Krishna and woke him up with a kick. Muchhkand was thereby awakened and his eyes opened on Kalyavan, who was standing over him.

As soon as Muchhkand waking glance fell on him, Kalyavan was reduced to ashes. Then Krishna manifested his Chaturbhuj form before Muchhkand and liberated him. Thus strategy of being a Ranchod worked in the favour of Krishna. Dont let your ego come in the way of battles, be calculative and logical in your strategy, even if that means losing face in public, like running away from the battle field – 'Ranchod'

"Muchhkand was thereby awakened and his eyes opened on Kalyavan, who was standing over him. As soon as Muchhkand waking glance fell on him, Kalyavan was reduced to ashes. Then Krishna manifested his Chaturbhuj form before Muchhkand and liberated him."

When Shri Krishna saw that Mathura was facing problems because of him, he decided to leave Mathura. He called for Vishwakarma the divine architect and ordered him to create a grand city by the sea. Vishwakarma built a beautiful city; this was the city of Dwarka (present day Gujarat).

Following Krishna’s instructions, Yogmaya overnight transferred all the people of Mathura to Dwarka. They felt as if they were living there all along. After sending all the people of Mathura to Dwarka, Shri Krishna and Balram left for Dwarka by air, and Jarasandh’s army followed them. Both of them hid themselves on the Gomantak Mountain. Jarasandh and his army encircled the mountain and set it on fire.

Both the brothers then jumped into the sea and went to Dwarka. Jarasandh was smiling thinking that Krishna and Balram had been burnt up in the fire and departed back to Mathura, while Krishna and Balram reached Dwarka. As they reached the grand city, the deities were happy and praised them. Jarasandh then ruled Mathura.

"Shri Krishna and Balram left for Dwarka by air, and Jarasandh’s army followed them. Both of them hid themselves on the Gomantak Mountain. Jarasandh and his army encircled the mountain and set it on fire. Both the brothers then jumped into the sea and went to Dwarka. Jarasandh was smiling thinking that Krishna and Balram had been burnt up in the fire and departed back to Mathura, while Krishna and Balram reached Dwarka."

Dwarkadhish Shri Krishna sent a friendly message to Hastinapur through Akroor. In Hastinapur, Bhishma Pitamah and Vidur were very happy to know that Krishna was still alive. Jarasandh was very angry and also terrified on getting this news, and so decided to attack Dwarka. Then a few of his king friends explained to him that he should not be worried because Krishna had run away like a coward. Jarasandh was thereby pacified and so was content.

"Jarasandh was very angry and also terrified on getting this news, and so decided to attack Dwarka. Then a few of his king friends explained to him that he should not be worried because Krishna had run away like a coward."

There in the court of Hastinapur, a political discussion and much confusion over which prince to take the crown was going on. Dhritrashtra understood that it was not the right time to make any announcement. He delayed it on the pretext of first taking public opinion.