Why Lord Shiva had to Fight a Terrible battle with Lord Krishna! [As Stated in Bhāgavata Purāṇa » Canto 10]
WARNING: Since this story has a Great Hidden Boon by Lord Krishna!!! Only the Most Fortunate or Sincere Devotees would be able to read to this Completely. Your Past Bad Karma, Kali, and Maya will try Hard to Stop you from reading to the complete story. But you must be determined to read to the Full Story with a Servile attitude towards Radha Krishna.
Śukadeva Gosvāmī in Bhāgavata Purāṇa Canto 10, assured King Parīkṣit that –“Anyone Who remembers, in the morning the narration of the ensuing fight between Lord Kṛiṣhṇa and Lord Shiva, WILL NEVER experience defeat anywhere in his struggle of life.“
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So Please read With Great Attention.
Citralekhā secretly transported Aniruddha to her palace. How Bāṇāsura got to know and thus raging in anger, he attacked Aniruddha with his whole army and captured him.
Now the story ahead… When the four months of the rainy season passed and Aniruddha had still not returned home, all the members of the Yadu family became very disturbed. They could not understand how the boy was missing.
Fortunately, one day the great sage Nārada came and the whole story was disclosed about Aniruddha’s disappearance from the palace.
He explained how Aniruddha had been carried to the city of Śoṇitapura, the capital of Bāṇāsura’s empire, and how Bāṇāsura had arrested him with the nāga-pāśa, even though Aniruddha had defeated his soldiers.
Then the members of the Yadu dynasty, all of whom had great affection for Krishna, prepared to attack the city of Śoṇitapura.
Practically all the leaders of the family, including Pradyumna, Sātyaki, Gada, Sāmba, Sāraṇa, Nanda, Upananda and Bhadra, combined together and gathered twelve akṣauhiṇī military divisions into phalanxes.
Then they all went to Śoṇitapura and surrounded it with soldiers, elephants, horses and chariots. Bāṇāsura heard that the soldiers of the Yadu dynasty were attacking the whole city, tearing down various walls, gates and nearby gardens. Becoming very angry, he immediately ordered his soldiers, who were of equal caliber, to go and face them.
Lord Shiva was so kind to Bāṇāsura that he personally came as the commander in chief of the military force, assisted by his heroic sons Kārttikeya and Gaṇapati. Nandīśvara. Lord Shiva, seated on his favorite bull, led the fighting against Lord Kṛiṣhṇa and Balarāma.
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We can simply imagine how fierce the fighting was – Lord Shiva with his brave sons on one side, and Lord Kṛiṣhṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and his elder brother, Śrī Balarāmajī, on the other.
The fighting was so fierce that those who saw the battle were struck with wonder, and the hairs on their bodies stood up.
Lord Shiva was engaged in fighting directly with Lord Kishna, Pradyumna was engaged with Kārttikeya, and Lord Balarāma was engaged with Bāṇāsura’s commander in chief, Kumbhāṇḍa, who was assisted by Kūpakarṇa.
Sāmba, the son of Krishna, fought the son of Bāṇāsura, and Bāṇāsura fought Sātyaki, commander in chief of the Yadu dynasty.
In this way the fighting was waged. News of the fighting spread all over the universe.
Demigods such as Lord Brahmā, from higher planetary systems, along with great sages and saintly persons, Siddhas, Cāraṇas and Gandharvas, all being very curious to see the fight between Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna and their assistants, hovered over the battlefield in their airplanes.
Lord Shivais called Bhūta-nātha, because he is assisted by various types of powerful ghosts and denizens of the inferno – Bhūtas, Pretas, Pramathas, Guhyakas, Ḍākinīs, Piśācas, Kuṣmāṇḍas, Vetālas, Vināyakas and Brahma-rākṣasas. (Of all kinds of ghosts, the Brahma-rākṣasas are the most powerful. They are brāhmaṇas who after death have entered the ghostly species of life.)
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Śrī Krishna, simply drove all these ghosts away from the battlefield with the arrows from his celebrated bow, Śārṅga-dhanur.
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Lord Shiva then began to release all his selected weapons against the Personality of Godhead. Lord Śrī Krishna, without any difficulty, counteracted all these weapons with counter weapons. He counteracted the brahmāstra, similar to the atomic bomb, with another brahmāstra, and an air weapon with a mountain weapon.
When Lord Shiva released a particular weapon bringing about a violent hurricane on the battlefield, Lord Krishna presented just the opposing element, a mountain weapon, which checked the hurricane on the spot.
Similarly, when Lord Shiva released his weapon of devastating fire, Krishna counteracted it with torrents of rain.
At last, when Lord Shivareleased his personal weapon, the Pāśupata-astra, Krishna immediately counteracted it with the Nārāyaṇa-astra.
Lord Shiva then became exasperated in fighting with Lord Krishna. Krishna then took the opportunity to release His yawning weapon.
When this weapon is released, the opposing party becomes tired, stops fighting and begins to yawn.
Consequently, Lord Shiva became so fatigued that he refused to fight anymore and began yawning. Krishna was now able to turn his attention from the attack of Lord Shiva to the efforts of Bāṇāsura, and He began to kill Bāṇāsura’s personal soldiers with swords and clubs.
Meanwhile, Lord Krishna’s son Pradyumna was fighting fiercely with Kārttikeya, the commander in chief of the demigods.
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Kārttikeya was wounded, and his body was bleeding profusely. In this condition, he left the battlefield and, without fighting anymore, rode away on the back of his peacock carrier.
Similarly, Lord Balarāma smashed Bāṇāsura’s commander in chief, Kumbhāṇḍa, with the strokes of his club.
Kūpakarṇa was also wounded in this way, and both he and Kumbhāṇḍa fell on the battlefield, Kumbhāṇḍa being fatally wounded. Without guidance, all of Bāṇāsura’s soldiers scattered here and there.
Now having the opportunity to use his one thousand arms, he rushed toward Krishna, simultaneously working five hundred bows and two thousand arrows.
Such a foolish person could never measure Krishna’s strength. Immediately, without difficulty, Krishna cut each of Bāṇāsura’s bows into two pieces and, to check him from going further, made the horses of his chariot lie on the ground so that the chariot broke to pieces.
After doing this, Krishna blew his conch shell, Pāñcajanya. There was a demigoddess named Koṭarā who was worshiped by Bāṇāsura, and their relationship was as mother and son. Mother Koṭarā was upset that Bāṇāsura’s life was in danger, so she appeared on the scene.
With naked body and scattered hair, she stood before Lord Krishna. Śrī Krishna did not like the sight of this naked woman, and to avoid seeing her he turned his face. Bāṇāsura, getting this chance to escape Krishna’s attack, left the battlefield.
All the strings of his bows had been broken, and there was no chariot or driver, so he had no alternative but to return to his city. He lost everything in the battle.
Being greatly harassed by the arrows of Krishna, all the associates of Lord Shiva – the hobgoblins and ghostly Bhūtas, Pretas and kṣatriyas – left the battlefield.
Lord Shiva then took to his last resort. He released his greatest death weapon, known as the Shiva-jvara, which destroys by excessive heat.
It is said that at the end of creation the sun becomes twelve times more scorching than usual. This twelve-times-hotter temperature is called Shiva-jvara.
When the Shiva-jvara personified was released, he had three heads and three legs, and as he came toward Krishna it appeared that he was burning everything to ashes. He was so powerful that he made blazing fire appear in all directions, and Krishna observed that he was specifically coming toward Him.
As there is a Shiva-jvara weapon, there is also a Nārāyaṇa-jvara weapon, which is represented by excessive cold.
When there is excessive heat, one can somehow or other tolerate it, but when there is excessive cold, everything collapses.
This is actually experienced by a person at the time of death. At the time of death, the temperature of the body first of all increases to 107 degrees Fahrenheit, and then the whole body collapses and immediately becomes as cold as ice.
To counteract the scorching heat of the Shiva-jvara, there is no other weapon but the Nārāyaṇa-jvara. Therefore, when Lord Krishna saw that the Shiva-jvara had been released by Lord Shiva, He had no recourse other than to release the Nārāyaṇa-jvara.
Lord Śrī Krishna is the original Nārāyaṇa and the controller of the Nārāyaṇa-jvara weapon. Lord Krishna Promised that anyone who simply recollects the following fight between Śiva-jvara and the Nārāyaṇa-jvara will be freed from all kinds of fear.” So Please Read Very Carefully.
When the Nārāyaṇa-jvara was released, there was a great fight between the two jvaras. When excessive heat is counteracted by extreme cold, it is natural for the hot temperature to gradually reduce, and this is what occurred in the fight between the Shiva-jvara and the Nārāyaṇa-jvara.
Gradually, the Shiva-jvara’s temperature diminished, and the Shiva-jvara began to cry for help from Lord Shiva, but Lord Shiva was unable to help him in the presence of the Nārāyaṇa-jvara.
Unable to get any help from Lord Shiva, the Shiva-jvara could understand that he had no means of escape outside of surrendering unto Nārāyaṇa, Lord Krishna Himself.
Lord Shiva, the greatest of the demigods, could not help him, what to speak of the lesser demigods, and therefore the Shiva-jvara ultimately surrendered unto Krishna, bowing before him and offering a prayer so that the Lord might be pleased and give him protection.
This incident of the fight between the ultimate weapons of Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna proves that if Krishna gives someone protection no one can kill him and if Krishna does not give one protection no one can save him.
Lord Shiva is called Mahādeva, the greatest of all the demigods, although sometimes Lord Brahmā is considered the greatest of all the demigods because he can create.
However, Lord Shiva can annihilate the creations of Brahmā. Still, both Lord Brahmā and Lord Shiva act only in one capacity: Lord Brahmā can create, and Lord Shiva can annihilate. But neither of them can maintain.
Lord Viṣṇu, however, not only maintains but creates and annihilates also. Factually, the creation is not effected by Brahmā, because Brahmā himself is created by Lord Viṣṇu. And Lord Shiva is created, or born, of Brahmā.
The Śiva-jvara thus understood that without Krishna, or Nārāyaṇa, no one could help him. He therefore rightly took shelter of Lord Krishna and, with folded hands, began to pray as follows “My dear Lord, I beg to submit that I have been very greatly chastised by the release of Your Nārāyaṇa-jvara, which is certainly very cooling yet at the same time severely dangerous and unbearable for all of us. My dear Lord, as long as one is forgetful of Krishna consciousness, driven by the spell of material desires and ignorant of the ultimate shelter at Your lotus feet, one who has accepted this material body becomes disturbed by the three miserable conditions of material nature. Because one does not surrender unto You, he continues to suffer perpetually.”
After hearing the Shiva-jvara, Lord Krishna replied, “O three-headed one, I am pleased with your statement. Be assured that there will be no more suffering for you from the Nārāyaṇa-jvara. Not only are you now free from fear of the Nārāyaṇa-jvara, but anyone in the future who simply recollects this fight between you and the Nārāyaṇa-jvara will also be freed from all kinds of fear.”
After hearing the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Śiva-jvara offered respectful obeisances unto his lotus feet and left. In the meantime, Bāṇāsura somehow or other recovered from his setbacks and, with rejuvenated energy, returned to fight.
This time Bāṇāsura appeared before Lord Krishna, who was seated on his chariot, with different kinds of weapons in his one thousand hands. Very much agitated, Bāṇāsura splashed his different weapons upon the body of Lord Krishna like torrents of rain.
When Lord Krishna saw the weapons of Bāṇāsura coming at him, like water coming out of a strainer, he took his sharp-edged Sudarśana disc and began to cut off the demon’s one thousand arms, one after another, just as a gardener trims the twigs of a tree with sharp cutters.
When Lord Shiva saw that his devotee Bāṇāsura could not be saved even in his presence, he came to his senses and personally came before Lord Krishna and began to pacify him by offering the following prayers.
Lord Shiva said, “ “My dear Lord, only by Your mercy and grace can the living entity get the human form of life, which is a chance to get out of the miserable condition of material existence. However, a person who possesses a human body but who cannot bring his senses under control is carried away by the waves of sensual enjoyment. As such, he cannot take shelter of Your lotus feet and thus engage in Your devotional service. The life of such a person is very unfortunate, and anyone living such a life of darkness is certainly cheating himself and thus cheating others also. Therefore, human society without Krishna consciousness is a society of cheaters and the cheated.
“My Lord, You are actually the dearmost Supersoul of all living entities and the supreme controller of everything. The human being who is always illusioned is afraid of ultimate death. A man who is simply attached to sensual enjoyment voluntarily accepts the miserable material existence and thus wanders after the will-o’-the-wisp of sense pleasure. He is certainly the most foolish man, for he drinks poison and puts aside the nectar. My dear Lord, all the demigods, including myself and Lord Brahmā, as well as great saintly persons and sages who have cleansed their hearts of material attachment, have, by Your grace, wholeheartedly taken shelter of Your lotus feet. We have all taken shelter of You because we have accepted You as the Supreme Lord and the dearmost life and soul of all of us. You are the original cause of this cosmic manifestation, You are its supreme maintainer, and You are the cause of its dissolution also. You are equal to everyone, the most peaceful supreme friend of every living entity. You are the supreme worshipable object for every one of us. My dear Lord, let us always be engaged in Your transcendental loving service so that we may get free from this material entanglement.
“Finally, my Lord, I may inform You that this Bāṇāsura is very dear to me. He has rendered valuable service unto me; therefore I want to see him always happy. Being pleased with him, I have assured him safety. I pray to You, my Lord, that as You were pleased with his forefathers King Prahlāda and Bali Mahārāja, You will also be pleased with him.”
After hearing Lord Shiva’s prayer, Lord Krishna replied, “My dear Lord Shiva, I accept your statements, and I also accept your desire for Bāṇāsura. I know that this Bāṇāsura is the son of Bali Mahārāja, and as such I cannot kill him, for that is my promise. I gave a benediction to King Prahlāda that the demons who would appear in his family would never be killed by me. Therefore, without killing this Bāṇāsura, I have simply cut off his arms to deprive him of his false prestige. The large number of soldiers he was maintaining became a burden on this earth, and I have killed them all to minimize the burden. Now he has four remaining arms, and he will remain immortal, unaffected by material pains and pleasures. I know that he is one of the chief devotees of Your Lordship, so you can now rest assured that henceforward he need have no fear of anything.”
When Lord Krishna blessed Bāṇāsura in this way, he came before the Lord and bowed down before him, touching his head to the earth.
Bāṇāsura immediately arranged to have his daughter Ūṣā seated with Aniruddha on a nice chariot, and then he presented them before Lord Krishna.
After this, Lord Krishna took charge of Aniruddha and Ūṣā, who had become very opulent materially because of the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Thus, keeping forward a division of one akṣauhiṇī of soldiers, Krishna proceeded toward Dvārakā. In the meantime, all the people of Dvārakā, having received the news that Lord Krishna was returning with Aniruddha and Ūṣā in great opulence, decorated every corner of the city with flags, festoons and garlands.
All the big roads and crossings were carefully cleansed and sprinkled with sandalwood pulp mixed with water. Everywhere was the fragrance of sandalwood.
All the citizens joined with their friends and relatives to welcome Lord Krishna with great pomp and jubilation, and a tumultuous vibration of conch shells, drums and bugles received the Lord.
In this way the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, entered his capital, Dvārakā.
Śukadeva Gosvāmī assured King Parīkṣit that the narration of the fight between Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna is not at all inauspicious, like ordinary fights.
On the contrary, if one remembers in the morning the narration of this fight between Lord Krishna and Lord Śhiva and takes pleasure in the victory of Lord Krishna, he will never experience defeat anywhere in his struggle of life.
This episode of Bāṇāsura’s fighting with Krishna and later being saved by the grace of Lord Shiva is confirmation of the statement in the Bhagavad-gītā that the worshipers of demigods cannot achieve any benediction without its being sanctioned by the Supreme Lord, Krishna.
Here in this narration we find that although Bāṇāsura was a great devotee of Lord Shiva, when he faced death by Krishna, Lord Shiva was not able to save him.
But Lord Shiva appealed to Krishna to save his devotee, and the Lord sanctioned this. This is the position of Lord Krishna. (The exact words used in this connection in the Bhagavad-gītā are mayaiva vihitān hi tān. )
This means that no demigod can award any benediction to his worshiper without the sanction of the Supreme Lord. Hare Krishna.
Why Lord Shiva helped Bāṇāsura?
Ans. Lord Shiva was so kind to Bāṇāsura that he personally came as the commander in chief of the military force, assisted by his heroic sons Kārttikeya and Gaṇapati. Nandīśvara,
Why Lord Shiva is called Bhuta-natna?
Lord Śhiva is called Bhūta-nātha, because he is assisted by various types of powerful ghosts and denizens of the inferno – Bhūtas, Pretas, Pramathas, Guhyakas, Ḍākinīs, Piśācas, Kuṣmāṇḍas, Vetālas, Vināyakas and Brahma-rākṣasas.
What is Shiva jwara?
It is said that at the end of creation the sun becomes twelve times more scorching than usual. This twelve-times-hotter temperature is called Śiva-jwara.
Who is the controller of Narayana-jvara weapon?
Lord Śrī Krishna is the original Nārāyaṇa and the controller of the Nārāyaṇa-jvara weapon.
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