The Fall of Demon Jarasandha
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.72.41-46 - The Fall of Demon Jarasandha (download mp3) and (download mp4)
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darsayam asa vitapam
patayann iva samjñaya
Having determined how to kill the enemy, that Lord of infallible vision made a sign to Bhima by tearing in half a small branch of a tree.
tad vijñaya maha-sattvo
bhimah praharatam varah
grhitva padayoh satrum
patayam asa bhu-tale
Understanding this sign, mighty Bhima, the best of fighters, seized his opponent by the feet and threw him to the ground.
ekam padam padakramya
dorbhyam anyam pragrhya sah
gudatah patayam asa
sakham iva maha-gajah
Bhima pressed down on one leg with his foot while grabbing Jarasandha’s other leg in his hands, and just as a great elephant might break the branch of a tree, Bhima tore Jarasandha apart from the anus upward.
sakale dadrsuh prajah
The King’s subjects then saw him lying in two separate pieces, each with a single leg, thigh, testicle, hip, shoulder, arm, eye, eyebrow and ear, and with half a back and chest.
haha-karo mahan asin
pujayam asatur bhimam
With the death of the lord of Magadha, a great cry of lamentation arose, while Arjuna and Krsna congratulated Bhima by embracing him.
magadhanam patim prabhuh
mocayam asa rajanyan
samruddha magadhena ye
The immeasurable Supreme Personality of Godhead, the sustainer and benefactor of all living beings, coronated Jarasandha’s son, Sahadeva, as the new ruler of the Magadhas. The Lord then freed all the kings Jarasandha had imprisoned.
Srila Prabhupada writes: “Although Jarasandha was killed, neither Krsna nor the two Pandava brothers made a claim to the throne. Their purpose in killing Jarasandha was to stop him from creating a disturbance to the proper discharge of world peace. A demon always creates disturbances, whereas a demigod always tries to keep peace in the world. The mission of Lord Krsna is to give protection to the righteous persons and to kill the demons who disturb a peaceful situation. Therefore Lord Krsna immediately called for the son of Jarasandha, whose name was Sahadeva, and with due ritualistic ceremonies the Lord asked him to occupy the seat of his father and reign over the kingdom peacefully. Lord Krsna is the master of the whole cosmic creation, and He wants everyone to live peacefully and execute Krsna consciousness. After installing Sahadeva on the throne, He released all the kings and princes who had been imprisoned unnecessarily by Jarasandha.”
Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Tenth Canto, Seventy-second Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “The Slaying of the Demon Jarasandha.”