Lord Balaram

balram

Balaram is the elder brother of Lord Krishna. He is treated as the incarnation of Sheshnag. His weapon was a plough.He is also called ‘Haldhar’.He is a protector from desires, the divinity of strength or the strength of the divine, symbolizing duty, honesty and simplicity. On the purnima or full moon of the month of Sridhara month Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Krishna appeared. This day is celebrated in Vrindavan and Mathura region.Over five thousand years ago today, Lord Balarama appeared in this world in the town of Gokula. Because he was drawn from Devaki’s to Rohini’s womb, He became known as Lord Sankarsana and because of His strength, He is known as Lord Balarama. Just as Lord Krishna appeared only after Lord Balarama, similarly one requires Lord Krishna’s mercy only after attaining the mercy of Lord Balarama. Only by His strength, can one attain any type of self- realization. He married Revati, the daughter of King Raivata. They had two sons named Nisatha and Ulmuka.

Lord Balaram is also known as “God of farmers”.Farmers in india worship him before any task.His weapon Plough is worshipped by farmers before all important tasks related to farming.

Balarama trained both Bhima and Duryodhana in club-fighting. Eventually, his students faced one another in the final combat of the Kurukshetra war. Because of this, Balarama chose to remain neutral during the conflict.

Balarama killed the ass-demon named Dhenakasura. One time Duryodhana locked up Krishna’s son Samba in Hastinapura. Balarama went there and demanded his release. When Duryodhana refused he took his plow and started to drag the city into the Yamuna. To save the city Duryodhana released Samba.

 

Legend

Balarama is the son of Vasudeva. He first appeared in the womb of Vasudeva’s wife Devaki, but was mystically transferred to Rohini’s womb. (Rohini is another of Vasudeva’s wives). This was done to prevent Kamsa from killing him at his birth. Kamsa was destined to be killed by Devaki’s eighth son, and to not take any chances he was killing all the sons born to Devaki at birth.

Lord Balarama’s Dissapearance

Due to a curse placed on the Yadu dynasty they were to be the cause of their own destruction, thirty-six years after the end of the battle of Kuruksetra. After Balarama took part in the drunken battle that caused the destruction of the rest of the Yadus, and after He witnessed the disappearance of Lord Krishna, Lord Balarama sat down in a meditative state and At the last stage, He departed from this world by producing a great white snake from His mouth, and thus He was carried by Sesanaga in the shape of a serpent

(Srimad Bhagavatam First anto pg.573)

AG00091_
AG00091_2
COLBAR