We have in the last four parts have got to know many things about the ‘Krishna’. His early life, childhood, teenage, marriage life, advisory life to the King and his painful moments with the relatives, people and the brother ‘Balram’. We also know about his nature when we look at his friendship with Sudama. This is all that we know about Krishna but the other two parts from here we would know his life with Pandavas. Life with Pandavas has to be the most valuable and awaiting one for Krishna. We know why it’s the meeting with Pandavas and friendship with Arjuna the reason for the worlds famous book that has answers to every problem and that’s Bhagavad-Gita.
If not for friendship between Arjuna and Krishna, Gita would have never been possible. So let’s look at events that are connected between Krishna and Pandavas.
First time Krishna met Pandavas was during the Draupadi swayamvaram, Draupadi is the queen of the Drupad Kingdom and the King wants to marry off his daughter. Thus he announces swayamvaram and sends an invitation to the Kingdoms all across the country including the Kingdom of Yadavas. From the Yadava Kingdom comes Krishna and the Pandavas also come to the Swayamvaram. Pandavas at that time were in forests having escaped the lac house assassination attempt planned by Kauravas. They also attend the swayamvara disguised as Brahmins. have finished their exile and have taken the role of Brahmins.
The Swayamvaram starts off and all the kings one by one come and try to complete the task but everybody fails and only Arjuna will be able to finish the game and Wins it. The task was to hit the eye of a revolving fish seeing the mirror image of it in water. Arjuna wins the task and wins Draupadi. But the Kings who came for swayamvara raise an objection as to how a poor Brahmin can win a rich Princesses. Krishna interferes into the argument and explains all the people in meeting to calm down and tells them that Arjuna isn’t a lower caste person but he is a Brahmin which is as much superior as Kshatriya. Thus it shouldn’t be a problem for anyone. Arjuna then thanks Krishna, Krishna tells both Yudhishthira and Arjuna that he knows them much before. He also tells them they are Kshatriyas. When asked how does he know about their caste, Krishan tells that ‘you cannot hide the fire behind the ash, fire has a natural habit of glowing and the same is seen in the face of all the five of you’ ‘only Kshatriya has the face which glows like fire’ and Krishna is invited to the marriage of Pandavas with Draupadi. Krishna goes there and blesses all of them and tells Draupadi that she is like his sister and would take care of her in every way.
The second time Krishna meets Arjuna is during the one year jungle exile. Arjuna voluntarily moves to Jungle as repentance for the act he committed. As per the set rules, Draupadi would be with one brother for one day and that day another person should not disturb them. Arjuna forgets his archery in the room and the next day thinking that Yudhishthira wouldn’t have gone to the room he gets into the room without announcing and finds both Yudhistir and Draupadi making love. Though Yudhistir understands that it’s not intentional but it’s just by accident, Arjuna feels ashamed and goes on exile for one year to the forest. Arjuna then keeps moving in the forest and one day while he was cutting the wood, that’s when Krishna’s sister Subhadra sees Arjuna and falls in love with him instantly. She then leaves the place, after sometime Krishna comes and meets Arjuna. Arjuna then tells the story of why he is the forest, Krishna then asks Arjuna to accompany him to Dwaraka which is very close from that place. But Arjuna denies, Krishna somehow manages to take him to Dwaraka and Arjuna receives a lot of respect during his trip. Arjuna also gets to see Subhadra and he also instantly likes her. He opens up and asks Krishna that he wants to marry Subhadra. Though Krishna knows everything, Krishna acts as if he doesn’t know anything. Krishna then starts a game where he involves Satyabhama into it and asks her to send Subhadra to Arjuna. Arjuna then takes away Subhadra and elopes with her. Like every-time, Krishna goes to the angry people of Dwaraka who didn’t like what Arjuna did and pacifies them telling good things about Arjuna.
After one year and after exile, Arjuna returns to Kingdom. Yudhisitir feels very happy and wants to celebrate it grandly, so he calls all the Kings from different kingdoms including Kauravas and Chedi Kingdom king Shishupala. Shishupala is related to Krishna and his death is written in hands of Krishna. Shishupala who hates Krishna keeps abusing Krishna during the day, Krishna takes a vow from Shishupala Mother that he wouldn’t kill him for 100 mistakes. Krishna keeps counting and as soon as he crosses 100th time, Krishna releases Sudarshana Chakra which cuts the throat of Shishupala and kills him. This was on Friday 26th February 3153 B.C. At the same time, Duryodhan also faces a lot of ridicule at Maya Sabha, especially from Draupadi. This is where Duryodhana wants to take the revenge. So Duryodhana invites Pandavas to Game of Dice on Wednesday 4th May 3153 B.C.
That’s when the Pandavas keep losing the game and as part of the bet, Duryodhana orders to disrobe Draupadi. As his brother Dushyasan tries to disrobe Draupadi, She prays to Krishna. Krishna then sends saree to her which keeps wrapping Draupadi and saves her. And for your information, Krishna was 73 years old at that time. Coming up next week is the last part of the Story of Lord Krishna.