Shri Krishna Leela Stories – Vishnu’s 8th Avatar


The Mahabharata and The Bhagavad Gita

Krishna had a role on both sides of the great war. He gave the Pandavs and the Kauravs each the option of having his army or having him but that he would not wield a weapon. The Kauravs chose his army and Arjun and the Pandavs chose him. Krishna took on the role of Arjun’s charioteer so he could be present on the field, but would not carry a weapon.

When both armies reached the battle field, Arjun saw his cousins, grandparents and uncles on the opposing side and the thought of fighting and killing them filled him with fear and dread. How could he kill his loved ones?

This is when Krishna recited the Bhagavad Gita, spoke about Dharma, Karma and doing what is right. He said it was just to battle the Kauravs due to their past evil deeds and to restore balance in the universe.

The Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita are both worthy of their own discussions, but for this article you just need to know that the Pandavs were victorious and all 100 cousins on the Kauravs side were killed in battle.

Krishna visited the Kauravs’ mother, Gandhari, to offer his condolences however she held him partly responsible for not bringing the war to an end sooner and knowingly allowing her children to die. She cursed him that within 36 years, the Yadav clan, which Krishna hails from, would be no more.

Krishna, who believed his clan had become arrogant in recent times as well, agreed to this and said “Tathastu” (“So be it.).

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