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The killing of Dantavakra, Viduratha and Romaharshana.



     Dantavakra had become so agitated by the death of Shalva that he came to the battlefield alone and on foot, his only weapons being his club and red-hot anger. Still, Dantavakra was such a mighty warrior that the earth trembled with each of his steps. Seeing Dantavakra approach, Lord Krishna picked up His club and jumped from His chariot, stopping the King of Karusha in his tracks.

     While raising his club, Dantavakra said, “It is my good fortune that You are standing here before me today! Although You are my maternal cousin, because You have killed my friends, Shalva and Sishupala, I will repay my debt to them by killing You, just as one removes a boil from his body.”

     After saying this, Dantavakra struck the Lord on His head with his club while roaring loudly. Without feeling any pain or budging an inch, however, Lord Krishna responded by striking Dantavakra so severely on the chest with His Kaumodaki club that his heart split in two so that he vomited blood while falling down dead onto the ground, his hair disheveled and his limbs sprawling.

    Then, just as when Sishupala was killed, a small particle of spiritual effulgence came out of Dantavakra’s body and entered the body of the Lord, while everyone looked on.

     Dantavakra’s brother, Viduratha, then rushed onto the battlefield with sword and shield in hand. Being very aggrieved, Viduratha was breathing heavily, and as he attacked, Krishna immediately cut off his head with His Sudarshana chakra, complete with helmet and earrings.

     After killing these demons, who were invincible before any other opponent, Lord Krishna entered Dvaraka as the demigods glorified His victory and showered flowers upon His head. The inhabitants had very nicely decorated the city and there were great festivities to celebrate the occasion.    

     Once thereafter, when Lord Balarama understood that the Pandavas and Kauravas were preparing to fight, He left Dvaraka on the plea of visiting holy places of pilgrimage. Balarama had to remain neutral because he was friendly with both Duryodhana and Yudhisthira, and the thought of not taking part in the battle was unbearable.

     Accompanied by brahmanas, Lord Balarama first of all went to Prabhasa, and then to other holy places on the banks of the Sarasvati, Ganga and Yamuna rivers. Finally, He arrived at Naimisharanya, where great sages were performing an important sacrifice, and all of them stood up to welcome and honor the Lord. After offering Balarama a nice seat, the sages bowed down and worshiped Him as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

     However, after being thus honored, Balarama noticed that Romaharshana, a disciple of Shrila Vyasadeva, had remained seated upon the vyasasana.

     Because Romaharshana had not gotten up from his seat, thinking himself to be greater than the Supreme Lord, Balarama very angrily spoke as follows. Shri Balarama said, “Because this fool, who was born of an improper mixed marriage between a brahmana woman with a kshatriya man (and is thus called ‘suta’) sits above the exalted brahmanas present here, and even above Me- he deserves to die.”

     “Although he is a disciple of Vyasa and has thoroughly learned many scriptures from him, such study has not produced any good qualities. Rather, his study of shastra is like an actor’s learning his part, for he is not self-controlled or humble and vainly presumes himself to be a great scholarly authority.”

     “The very purpose of My descent into this world is to kill such hypocrites who pretend to be religious, for they are the most sinful rascals.”

     Having thus spoken, Balarama picked up a blade of kusha grass and killed Romaharshana simply by touching him with the tip. At this, all of the sages cries out in alarm and humbly protested by saying, “Lord Sankarshana, You have committed an irreligious act! We had awarded Romaharshana this special seat as our spiritual master, and we had promised him a long life, as well as freedom from pain, for the duration of this sacrifice.”

     Lord Balarama replied, “I shall atone for My action as you desire. Please prescribe what should be done. O sages, if you so desire I shall restore all that You have promised. I can bring Romaharshana back from the dead and award him a long duration of life.”

     Not wanting to detract from the mission of the Lord, the sages said, “Please let whatever You have done remain, but at the same time, may our benedictions to Romaharshana remain intact.”

To resolve this ambiguous request, Balarama suggested, “Let Romaharshana’s son, Ugrashrava Suta, become the speaker of the Puranas, and let him be endowed with long life and sensual strength. Please tell Me whatever else you desire, considering it to be proper atonement.”

     The sages said, “There is a demon named Balvala, the son of Ilvala, who comes here every new moon and full moon day and contaminates our sacrifice by showering pus, blood, stool, urine and wine upon the arena. If you kill this demon, that would be the best service to us. After accomplishing this, You should continue Your tour of pilgrimage.”