Friday, March 11, 2016

The Mahabharata: The Killing of Jarasamdha

The following is from a work-in-progress called The Mahabharata: a Book Report, in which I'm slowly reading through the Hindu epic poem The Mahabharata, and writing a book report on what I read. 

Arjuna, Bhima, and their friend Krsna travelled to the city of Magadha, disguised as Brahmins, to kill the evil king Jarasamdha.  They boldly entered the palace of the king, and Krsna called Jarasamdha out on the fact that he’d imprisoned kings, and said that they were there to rescue them.  Krsna said, “We are here to fight you!  Which of us do you wanna fight?”  Jarasamdha chose Bhima, the strongest of the three (bad choice, Jarasamdha).

So Bhima and King Jarasamdha engaged in a fierce battle.  They fought for two weeks straight!  Finally, Bhima broke the king’s back, killing him.  Then, Arjuna, Bhima, and Krsna rescued the captive kings, and everyone was happy (except Jarasamdha, who was dead).

Bhima fights Jarasamdha.

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