Śrīmad Bhāgavatam|Canto 10 Chapter 72

The Slaying of the Demon Jarāsandha

VERSE 10.72.1-2

śrī-śuka uvāca

ekadā tu sabhā-madhya
āsthito munibhir vṛtaḥ
brāhmaṇaiḥ kṣatriyair vaiśyair
bhrātṛbhiś ca yudhiṣṭhiraḥ

ācāryaiḥ kula-vṛddhaiś ca
jñāti-sambandhi-bāndhavaiḥ
śṛṇvatām eva caiteṣām
ābhāṣyedam uvāca ha

SYNONYMS

śrī-śukaḥ uvāca — Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; ekadā — once; tu — and; sabhā — of the royal assembly; madhye — in the midst; āsthitaḥ — seated; munibhiḥ — by sages; vṛtaḥ — surrounded; brāhmaṇaiḥ kṣatriyaiḥ vaiśyaiḥ — by brāhmaṇas, kṣatriyas and vaiśyas; bhrātṛbhiḥ — by his brothers; ca — and; yudhiṣṭhiraḥ — King Yudhiṣṭhira; ācāryaiḥ — by his spiritual masters; kula — of the family; vṛddhaiḥ — by the elders; ca — also; jñāti — by blood relatives; sambandhi — in-laws; bāndhavaiḥ — and friends; śṛṇvatām — as they listened; eva — indeed; ca — and; eteṣām — all of them; ābhāṣya — addressing (Lord Kṛṣṇa); idam — this; uvāca ha — he said.

TRANSLATION

Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: One day, as King Yudhiṣṭhira sat in the royal assembly surrounded by eminent sages, brāhmaṇas, kṣatriyas and vaiśyas, and also by his brothers, spiritual masters, family elders, blood relations, in-laws and friends, he addressed Lord Kṛṣṇa as everyone listened.

VERSE 10.72.3

śrī-yudhiṣṭhira uvāca

kratu-rājena govinda
rājasūyena pāvanīḥ
yakṣye vibhūtīr bhavatas
tat sampādaya naḥ prabho

SYNONYMS

śrī-yudhiṣṭhiraḥ uvāca — Śrī Yudhiṣṭhira said; kratu — of major fire sacrifices; rājena — with the king; govinda — O Kṛṣṇa; rājasūyena — named Rājasūya; pāvanīḥ — purifying; yakṣye — I wish to worship; vibhūtīḥ — the opulent expansions; bhavataḥ — of Yourself; tat — that; sampādaya — please allow to happen; naḥ — for us; prabho — O master.

TRANSLATION

Śrī Yudhiṣṭhira said: O Govinda, I desire to worship Your auspicious, opulent expansions by the Rājasūya sacrifice, the king of Vedic ceremonies. Please make our endeavor a success, my Lord.

VERSE 10.72.4

tvat-pāduke avirataṁ pari ye caranti
dhyāyanty abhadra-naśane śucayo gṛṇanti
vindanti te kamala-nābha bhavāpavargam
āśāsate yadi ta āśiṣa īśa nānye

SYNONYMS

tvat — Your; pāduke — slippers; aviratam — constantly; pari — fully; ye — who; caranti — serve; dhyāyanti — meditate upon; abhadra — of inauspicious things; naśane — which (cause) the destruction; śucayaḥ — purified; gṛṇanti — and describe in their words; vindanti — obtain; te — they; kamala — (like a) lotus; nābha — O You whose navel; bhava — of material life; apavargam — the cessation; āśāsate — harbor desires; yadi — if; te — they; āśiṣaḥ — (attain) the desired objects; īśa — O Lord; na — not; anye — other persons.

TRANSLATION

Purified persons who constantly serve, meditate upon and glorify Your shoes, which destroy everything inauspicious, are sure to obtain freedom from material existence, O lotus-naveled one. Even if they desire something in this world, they obtain it, whereas others — those who do not take shelter of You — are never satisfied, O Lord.

VERSE 10.72.5

tad deva-deva bhavataś caraṇāravinda-
sevānubhāvam iha paśyatu loka eṣaḥ
ye tvāṁ bhajanti na bhajanty uta vobhayeṣāṁ
niṣṭhāṁ pradarśaya vibho kuru-sṛñjayānām

SYNONYMS

tat — therefore; deva-deva — O Lord of lords; bhavataḥ — Your; caraṇa-aravinda — to the lotus feet; sevā — of service; anubhāvam — the power; iha — in this world; paśyatu — may they see; lokaḥ — the populace; eṣaḥ — this; ye — who; tvām — You; bhajanti — worship; na bhajanti — do not worship; uta — or else; ubhayeṣām — of both; niṣṭhām — the status; pradarśaya — please show; vibho — O all-powerful one; kuru-sṛñjayānām — of the Kurus and Sṛñjayas.

TRANSLATION

Therefore, O Lord of lords, let the people of this world see the power of devotional service rendered to Your lotus feet. Please show them, O almighty one, the position of those Kurus and Sṛñjayas who worship You, and the position of those who do not.

VERSE 10.72.6

na brahmaṇaḥ sva-para-bheda-matis tava syāt
sarvātmanaḥ sama-dṛśaḥ sva-sukhānubhūteḥ
saṁsevatāṁ sura-taror iva te prasādaḥ
sevānurūpam udayo na viparyayo ’tra

SYNONYMS

na — not; brahmaṇaḥ — of the Absolute Truth; sva — of own; para — and other’s; bheda — differential; matiḥ — mentality; tava — of You; syāt — there can be; sarva — of all beings; ātmanaḥ — of the Soul; sama — equal; dṛśaḥ — whose vision; sva — within Himself; sukha — of happiness; anubhūteḥ — whose experience; saṁsevatām — for those who properly worship; sura-taroḥ — of the heavenly desire tree; iva — as if; te — Your; prasādaḥ — grace; sevā — with the service; anurūpam — in accordance; udayaḥ — desirable results; na — not; viparyayaḥ — contradiction; atra — in this.

TRANSLATION

Within Your mind there can be no such differentiation as “This one is mine, and that is another’s,” because You are the Supreme Absolute Truth, the Soul of all beings, always equipoised and enjoying transcendental happiness within Yourself. Just like the heavenly desire tree, You bless all who properly worship You, granting their desired fruits in proportion to the service they render You. There is nothing wrong in this.

VERSE 10.72.7

śrī-bhagavān uvāca

samyag vyavasitaṁ rājan
bhavatā śatru-karśana
kalyāṇī yena te kīrtir
lokān anubhaviṣyati

SYNONYMS

śrī-bhagavān uvāca — the Supreme Lord said; samyak — perfectly; vyavasitam — determined; rājan — O King; bhavatā — by you; śatru — of enemies; karśana — O tormentor; kalyāṇī — auspicious; yena — by which; te — your; kīrtiḥ — fame; lokān — all the worlds; anubhaviṣyati — it will see.

TRANSLATION

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Your decision is perfect, O King, and thus your noble fame will spread to all the worlds, O tormentor of your enemies.

VERSE 10.72.8

ṛṣīṇāṁ pitṛ-devānāṁ
suhṛdām api naḥ prabho
sarveṣām api bhūtānām
īpsitaḥ kratu-rāḍ ayam

SYNONYMS

ṛṣīṇām — for the sages; pitṛ — departed forefathers; devānām — and demigods; suhṛdām — for the friends; api — also; naḥ — our; prabhoḥ — master; sarveṣām — for all; api — as well; bhūtānām — living beings; īpsitaḥ — desirable; kratu — of major Vedic sacrifices; rāṭ — king; ayam — this.

TRANSLATION

Indeed, My lord, for the great sages, the forefathers and the demigods, for Our well-wishing friends and, indeed, for all living beings, the performance of this king of Vedic sacrifices is desirable.

VERSE 10.72.9

vijitya nṛpatīn sarvān
kṛtvā ca jagatīṁ vaśe
sambhṛtya sarva-sambhārān
āharasva mahā-kratum

SYNONYMS

vijitya — conquering; nṛ-patīn — the kings; sarvān — all; kṛtvā — making; ca — and; jagatīm — the earth; vaśe — under your control; sambhṛtya — collecting; sarva — all; sambhārān — the paraphernalia; āharasva — execute; mahā — great; kratum — the sacrifice.

TRANSLATION

First conquer all kings, bring the earth under your control and collect all the required paraphernalia; then execute this great sacrifice.

VERSE 10.72.10

ete te bhrātaro rājaḻ
loka-pālāṁśa-sambhavāḥ
jito ’smy ātmavatā te ’haṁ
durjayo yo ’kṛtātmabhiḥ

SYNONYMS

ete — these; te — your; bhrātaraḥ — brothers; rājan — O King; loka — of the planets; pāla — from the ruling demigods; aṁśa — as partial expansions; sambhavāḥ — born; jitaḥ — conquered; asmi — am; ātma-vatā — self-controlled; te — by you; aham — I; durjayaḥ — unconquerable; yaḥ — who; akṛta-ātmabhiḥ — by those who have not conquered their senses.

TRANSLATION

These brothers of yours, O King, have taken birth as partial expansions of the demigods ruling various planets. And you are so self-controlled that you have conquered even Me, who am unconquerable for those who cannot control their senses.

VERSE 10.72.11

na kaścin mat-paraṁ loke
tejasā yaśasā śriyā
vibhūtibhir vābhibhaved
devo ’pi kim u pārthivaḥ

SYNONYMS

na — not; kaścit — any person; mat — to Me; param — one who is dedicated; loke — in this world; tejasā — by his strength; yaśasā — fame; śriyā — beauty; vibhūtibhiḥ — opulences; — or; abhibhavet — can overcome; devaḥ — a demigod; api — even; kim u — what to speak of; pārthivaḥ — a ruler of the earth.

TRANSLATION

No one in this world, even a demigod — what to speak of an earthly king — can defeat My devotee with his strength, beauty, fame or riches.

VERSE 10.72.12

śrī-śuka uvāca

niśamya bhagavad-gītaṁ
prītaḥ phulla-mukhāmbujaḥ
bhrātṝn dig-vijaye ’yuṅkta
viṣṇu-tejopabṛṁhitān

SYNONYMS

śrī-śukaḥ uvāca — Śrī Śuka said; niśamya — hearing; bhagavat — of the Supreme Lord; gītam — the song; prītaḥ — pleased; phulla — blossoming; mukha — his face; ambujaḥ — lotuslike; bhrātṝn — his brothers; dik — of all the directions; vijaye — in the conquest; ayuṅkta — engaged; viṣṇu — of Lord Viṣṇu; tejaḥ — with the potency; upabṛṁhitān — fortified.

TRANSLATION

Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Upon hearing these words sung by the Supreme Lord, King Yudhiṣṭhira became joyful, and his face blossomed like a lotus. Thus he sent forth his brothers, who were empowered with Lord Viṣṇu’s potency, to conquer all directions.

VERSE 10.72.13

sahadevaṁ dakṣiṇasyām
ādiśat saha sṛñjayaiḥ
diśi pratīcyāṁ nakulam
udīcyāṁ savyasācinam
prācyāṁ vṛkodaraṁ matsyaiḥ
kekayaiḥ saha madrakaiḥ

SYNONYMS

sahadevam — Sahadeva; dakṣiṇasyām — to the south; ādiśat — he ordered; saha — with; sṛñjayaiḥ — the warriors of the Sṛñjaya clan; diśi — to the direction; pratīcyām — western; nakulam — Nakula; udīcyām — to the north; savyasācinam — Arjuna; prācyām — to the east; vṛkodaram — Bhīma; matsyaiḥ — the Matsyas; kekayaiḥ — the Kekayas; saha — together with; madrakaiḥ — and the Madrakas.

TRANSLATION

He sent Sahadeva to the south with the Sṛñjayas, Nakula to the west with the Matsyas, Arjuna to the north with the Kekayas, and Bhīma to the east with the Madrakas.

VERSE 10.72.14

te vijitya nṛpān vīrā
ājahrur digbhya ojasā
ajāta-śatrave bhūri
draviṇaṁ nṛpa yakṣyate

SYNONYMS

te — they; vijitya — defeating; nṛpān — kings; vīrāḥ — the heroes; ājahruḥ — brought; digbhyaḥ — from the different directions; ojasā — by their personal strength; ajāta-śatrave — to Yudhiṣṭhira Mahārāja, whose enemy was never born; bhūri — abundant; draviṇam — wealth; nṛpa — O King (Parīkṣit); yakṣyate — who was intending to perform sacrifice.

TRANSLATION

After defeating many kings with their prowess, these heroic brothers brought back abundant wealth for Yudhiṣṭhira Mahārāja, who was intent on performing the sacrifice, O King.

VERSE 10.72.15

śrutvājitaṁ jarāsandhaṁ
nṛpater dhyāyato hariḥ
āhopāyaṁ tam evādya
uddhavo yam uvāca ha

SYNONYMS

śrutvā — hearing; ajitam — unconquered; jarāsandham — Jarāsandha; nṛpateḥ — the King; dhyāyataḥ — as he pondered; hariḥ — Lord Kṛṣṇa; āha — told; upāyam — the means; tam — to him; eva — indeed; ādyaḥ — the original person; uddhavaḥ — Uddhava; yam — which; uvāca ha — had spoken.

TRANSLATION

When King Yudhiṣṭhira heard that Jarāsandha remained undefeated, he set to pondering, and then the primeval Lord, Hari, told him the means Uddhava had described for defeating Jarāsandha.

VERSE 10.72.16

bhīmaseno ’rjunaḥ kṛṣṇo
brahma-linga-dharās trayaḥ
jagmur girivrajaṁ tāta
bṛhadratha-suto yataḥ

SYNONYMS

bhīmasenaḥ arjunaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ — Bhīmasena, Arjuna and Kṛṣṇa; brahma — of brāhmaṇas; liṅga — the guises; dharāḥ — wearing; trayaḥ — the three; jagmuḥ — went; girivrajam — to the fortress city Girivraja; tāta — my dear (Parīkṣit); bṛhadratha-sutaḥ — the son of Bṛhadratha (Jarāsandha); yataḥ — where.

TRANSLATION

Thus Bhīmasena, Arjuna and Kṛṣṇa disguised themselves as brāhmaṇas and went to Girivraja, my dear King, where the son of Bṛhadratha was to be found.

VERSE 10.72.17

te gatvātithya-velāyāṁ
gṛheṣu gṛha-medhinam
brahmaṇyaṁ samayāceran
rājanyā brahma-liṅginaḥ

SYNONYMS

te — they; gatvā — going; ātithya — for receiving uninvited guests; velāyām — at the appointed hour; gṛheṣu — in his residence; gṛha-medhinam — from the religious householder; brahmaṇyam — respectful to brāhmaṇas; samayāceran — begged; rājanyāḥ — the kings; brahma-liṅginaḥ — appearing with the signs of brāhmaṇas.

TRANSLATION

Disguised as brāhmaṇas, the royal warriors approached Jarāsandha at home during the appointed hour for receiving guests. They submitted their entreaty to that dutiful householder, who was especially respectful to the brahminical class.

VERSE 10.72.18

rājan viddhy atithīn prāptān
arthino dūram āgatān
tan naḥ prayaccha bhadraṁ te
yad vayaṁ kāmayāmahe

SYNONYMS

rājan — O King; viddhi — please know; atithīn — guests; prāptān — arrived; arthinaḥ — desirous of gain; dūram — from far away; āgatān — come; tat — that; naḥ — to us; prayaccha — please grant; bhadram — all good; te — unto you; yat — whatever; vayam — we; kāmayāmahe — are desiring.

TRANSLATION

[Kṛṣṇa, Arjuna and Bhīma said:] O King, know us to be needy guests who have come to you from afar. We wish all good unto you. Please grant us whatever we desire.

VERSE 10.72.19

kiṁ durmarṣaṁ titikṣūṇāṁ
kim akāryam asādhubhiḥ
kiṁ na deyaṁ vadānyānāṁ
kaḥ paraḥ sama-darśinām

SYNONYMS

kim — what; durmarṣam — intolerable; titikṣūṇām — for the patient; kim — what; akāryam — impossible to do; asādhubhiḥ — for the impious; kim — what; na deyam — impossible to give away; vadānyānām — for the generous; kaḥ — who; paraḥ — separate; sama — equal; darśinām — for those whose vision.

TRANSLATION

What can the tolerant not bear? What will the wicked not do? What will the generous not give in charity? And who will those of equal vision see as an outsider?

VERSE 10.72.20

yo ’nityena śarīreṇa
satāṁ geyaṁ yaśo dhruvam
nācinoti svayaṁ kalpaḥ
sa vācyaḥ śocya eva saḥ

SYNONYMS

yaḥ — who; anityena — temporary; śarīreṇa — with the material body; satām — by saints; geyam — to be glorified; yaśaḥ — fame; dhruvam — permanent; na ācinoti — does not acquire; svayam — himself; kalpaḥ — capable; saḥ — he; vācyaḥ — contemptible; śocyaḥ — pitiable; eva — indeed; saḥ — he.

TRANSLATION

He indeed is to be censured and pitied who, though able to do so, fails to achieve with his temporary body the lasting fame glorified by great saints.

VERSE 10.72.21

hariścandro rantideva
uñchavṛttiḥ śibir baliḥ
vyādhaḥ kapoto bahavo
hy adhruveṇa dhruvaṁ gatāḥ

SYNONYMS

hariścandraḥ rantidevaḥ — Hariścandra and Rantideva; uñcha-vṛttiḥ — Mudgala, who lived by gathering grains left behind in the fields after the harvest; śibiḥ baliḥ — Śibi and Bali; vyādhaḥ — the hunter; kapotaḥ — the pigeon; bahavaḥ — many; hi — indeed; adhruveṇa — by the temporary; dhruvam — to the permanent; gatāḥ — went.

TRANSLATION

Hariścandra, Rantideva, Uñchavṛtti Mudgala, Śibi, Bali, the legendary hunter and pigeon, and many others have attained the permanent by means of the impermanent.

VERSE 10.72.22

śrī-śuka uvāca

svarair ākṛtibhis tāṁs tu
prakoṣṭhair jyā-hatair api
rājanya-bandhūn vijñāya
dṛṣṭa-pūrvān acintayat

SYNONYMS

śrī-śukaḥ uvāca — Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; svaraiḥ — by their voices; ākṛtibhiḥ — their bodily statures; tān — them; tu — however; prakoṣṭhaiḥ — by (seeing) their forearms; jyā — by bowstrings; hataiḥ — imprinted; api — even; rājanya — of royalty; bandhūn — as family members; vijñāya — recognizing; dṛṣṭa — seen; pūrvān — previously; acintayat — he considered.

TRANSLATION

Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: From the sound of their voices, their physical stature and the marks of bowstrings on their forearms, Jarāsandha could tell that his guests were of the royal order. He began to think he had seen them somewhere before.

VERSE 10.72.23

rājanya-bandhavo hy ete
brahma-liṅgāni bibhrati
dadāni bhikṣitaṁ tebhya
ātmānam api dustyajam

SYNONYMS

rājanya-bandhavaḥ — relatives of kṣatriyas; hi — indeed; ete — these; brahma — of brāhmaṇas; liṅgāni — the signs; bibhrati — they are wearing; dadāni — I should give; bhikṣitam — what is begged; tebhyaḥ — to them; ātmānam — my own body; api — even; dustyajam — impossible to give up.

TRANSLATION

[Jarāsandha thought:] These are surely members of the royal order dressed as brāhmaṇas, but still I must grant their request for charity, even if they beg me for my own body.

VERSE 10.72.24-25

baler nu śrūyate kīrtir
vitatā dikṣv akalmaṣā
aiśvaryād bhraṁśitasyāpi
vipra-vyājena viṣṇunā

śriyaṁ jihīrṣatendrasya
viṣṇave dvija-rūpiṇe
jānann api mahīm prādād
vāryamāṇo ’pi daitya-rāṭ

SYNONYMS

baleḥ — of Bali; nu — is it not so; śrūyate — are heard; kīrtiḥ — the glories; vitatā — widespread; dikṣu — in all directions; akalmaṣā — spotless; aiśvaryāt — from his powerful position; bhraṁśitasya — who was made to fall; api — even though; vipra — of a brāhmaṇa; vyājena — in the guise; viṣṇunā — by Lord Viṣṇu; śrīyam — the opulence; jihīrṣatā — who wanted to take away; indrasya — of Indra; viṣṇave — to Viṣṇu; dvija-rūpiṇe — appearing as a brāhmaṇa; jānan — aware; api — although; mahīm — the whole earth; prādāt — he gave; vāryamāṇaḥ — being forbidden; api — even; daitya — of the demons; rāṭ — the king.

TRANSLATION

Indeed, the spotless glories of Bali Mahārāja are heard throughout the world. Lord Viṣṇu, wishing to recover Indra’s opulence from Bali, appeared before him in the guise of a brāhmaṇa and made him fall from his powerful position. Though aware of the ruse and forbidden by his guru, Bali, king of the demons, still gave Viṣṇu the whole earth in charity.

VERSE 10.72.26

jīvatā brāhmaṇārthāya
ko nv arthaḥ kṣatra-bandhunā
dehena patamānena
nehatā vipulaṁ yaśaḥ

SYNONYMS

jīvatā — who is alive; brāhmaṇa-arthāya — for the benefit of brāhmaṇas; kaḥ — what; nu — at all; arthaḥ — use; kṣatra-bandhunā — with a fallen kṣatriya; dehena — by his body; patamānena — about to fall; na īhatā — who is not endeavoring; vipulam — for extensive; yaśaḥ — glory.

TRANSLATION

What is the use of an unqualified kṣatriya who goes on living but fails to gain everlasting glory by working with his perishable body for the benefit of brāhmaṇas?

VERSE 10.72.27

ity udāra-matiḥ prāha
kṛṣṇārjuna-vṛkodarān
he viprā vriyatāṁ kāmo
dadāmy ātma-śiro ’pi vaḥ

SYNONYMS

iti — thus; udāra — generous; matiḥ — whose mentality; prāha — said; kṛṣṇa-arjuna-vṛkodarān — to Kṛṣṇa, Arjuna and Bhīma; he vipraḥ — O learned brāhmaṇas; vriyatām — let it be chosen; kāmaḥ — what you desire; dadāmi — I will give; ātma — my own; śiraḥ — head; api — even; vaḥ — to you.

TRANSLATION

[Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued:] Thus making up his mind, the generous Jarāsandha addressed Kṛṣṇa, Arjuna and Bhīma: “O learned brāhmaṇas, choose whatever you wish. I will give it to you, even if it is my own head.”

VERSE 10.72.28

śrī-bhagavān uvāca

yuddhaṁ no dehi rājendra
dvandvaśo yadi manyase
yuddhārthino vayaṁ prāptā
rājanyā nānya-kāṅkṣiṇaḥ

SYNONYMS

śrī-bhagavān uvāca — the Supreme Lord (Kṛṣṇa) said; yuddham — battle; naḥ — to us; dehi — please give; rāja-indra — O exalted King; dvandvaśaḥ — as a one-on-one duel; yadi — if; manyase — you think it proper; yuddha — for a fight; arthinaḥ — desirous; vayam — we; prāptāḥ — have come here; rājanyāḥ — members of the royal order; na — not; anya — anything else; kāṅkṣiṇaḥ — wanting.

TRANSLATION

The Supreme Lord said: O exalted King, give us battle in the form of a duel, if you think it fitting. We are princes and have come to beg a fight. We have no other request to make of you.

VERSE 10.72.29

asau vṛkodaraḥ pārthas
tasya bhrātārjuno hy ayam
anayor mātuleyaṁ māṁ
kṛṣṇaṁ jānīhi te ripum

SYNONYMS

asau — that one; vṛkodaraḥ — Bhīma; pārthaḥ — the son of Pṛthā; tasya — his; bhrātā — brother; arjunaḥ — Arjuna; hi — indeed; ayam — this other; anayoḥ — of the two of them; mātuleyam — the maternal cousin; mām — Me; kṛṣṇam — Kṛṣṇa; jānīhi — please know; te — your; ripum — enemy.

TRANSLATION

Over there is Bhīma, son of Pṛthā, and this is his brother Arjuna. Know Me to be their maternal cousin, Kṛṣṇa, your enemy.

VERSE 10.72.30

evam āvedito rājā
jahāsoccaiḥ sma māgadhaḥ
āha cāmarṣito mandā
yuddhaṁ tarhi dadāmi vaḥ

SYNONYMS

evam — thus; āveditaḥ — invited; rāja — the King; jahāsa — laughed; uccaiḥ — out loud; sma — indeed; māgadhaḥ — Jarāsandha; āha — he said; ca — and; amarṣitaḥ — intolerant; mandāḥ — O fools; yuddham — battle; tarhi — then; dadāmi — I will give; vaḥ — to you.

TRANSLATION

[Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued:] Thus challenged, Magadharāja laughed out loud and contemptuously said, “All right, you fools, I’ll give you a fight!

VERSE 10.72.31

na tvayā bhīruṇā yotsye
yudhi viklava-tejasā
mathurāṁ sva-purīṁ tyaktvā
samudraṁ śaraṇaṁ gataḥ

SYNONYMS

na — not; tvayā — with You; bhīruṇā — cowardly; yotsye — I will fight; yudhi — in battle; viklava — impaired; tejasā — whose strength; mathurām — Mathurā; sva — Your own; purīm — city; tyaktvā — leaving; samudram — to the ocean; śaraṇam — for shelter; gataḥ — gone.

TRANSLATION

“But I will not fight with You, Kṛṣṇa, for You are a coward. Your strength abandoned You in the midst of battle, and You fled Your own capital of Mathurā to take shelter in the sea.

VERSE 10.72.32

ayaṁ tu vayasātulyo
nāti-sattvo na me samaḥ
arjuno na bhaved yoddhā
bhīmas tulya-balo mama

SYNONYMS

ayam — this; tu — on the other hand; vayasā — in age; atulyaḥ — unequal; na — not; ati — much; sattvaḥ — having strength; na — not; me — to me; samaḥ — evenly matched; arjunaḥ — Arjuna; na bhavet — should not be; yoddhā — the contender; bhīmaḥ — Bhīma; tulya — equal; balaḥ — in strength; mama — with me.

TRANSLATION

“As for this one, Arjuna, he is not as old as I, nor is he very strong. Since he is no match for me, he should not be the contender. Bhīma, however, is as strong as I am.”

VERSE 10.72.33

ity uktvā bhīmasenāya
prādāya mahatīṁ gadām
dvitīyāṁ svayam ādāya
nirjagāma purād bahiḥ

SYNONYMS

iti — thus; uktvā — saying; bhīmasenāya — to Bhīmasena; prādāya — giving; mahatīm — a large; gadām — club; dvitīyām — another; svayam — himself; ādāya — taking; nirjagāma — he went out; purāt — from the city; bahiḥ — to the outside.

TRANSLATION

Having said this, Jarāsandha offered Bhīmasena a huge club, took up another himself and went outside the city.

VERSE 10.72.34

tataḥ samekhale vīrau
saṁyuktāv itaretaram
jaghnatur vajra-kalpābhyāṁ
gadābhyāṁ raṇa-durmadau

SYNONYMS

tataḥ — then; samekhale — on the level fighting grounds; vīrau — the two heroes; saṁyuktau — engaged; itara-itaram — each other; jaghnatuḥ — struck; vajra-kalpābhyām — like lightning bolts; gadābhyām — with their clubs; raṇa — by the fight; durmadau — driven to a mad fury.

TRANSLATION

The two heroes thus began battling each other on the level fighting grounds outside the city. Maddened with the fury of combat, they struck each other with their lightning-bolt-like clubs.

VERSE 10.72.35

maṇḍalāni vicitrāṇi
savyaṁ dakṣiṇam eva ca
caratoḥ śuśubhe yuddhaṁ
naṭayor iva raṅgiṇoḥ

SYNONYMS

maṇḍalāni — arcs; vicitrāṇi — skillful; savyam — to the left; dakṣiṇam — to the right; eva ca — also; caratoḥ — of them who were moving; śuśubhe — appeared splendid; yuddham — the fight; naṭayoḥ — of actors; iva — like; raṅgiṇoḥ — on a stage.

TRANSLATION

As they skillfully circled left and right, like actors dancing on a stage, the fight presented a magnificent spectacle.

VERSE 10.72.36

tataś caṭa-caṭā-śabdo
vajra-niṣpesa-sannibhaḥ
gadayoḥ kṣiptayo rājan
dantayor iva dantinoḥ

SYNONYMS

tataḥ — then; caṭa-caṭā-śabdaḥ — the clattering sound; vajra — of lightning; niṣpeṣa — the crash; sannibhaḥ — resembling; gadayoḥ — of their clubs; kṣiptayoḥ — being swung; rājan — O King (Parīkṣit); dantayoḥ — of the tusks; iva — as if; dantinoḥ — of elephants.

TRANSLATION

When Jarāsandha’s and Bhīmasena’s clubs loudly collided, O King, the sound was like the impact of the big tusks of two fighting elephants, or the crash of a thunderbolt in a flashing electrical storm.

VERSE 10.72.37

te vai gade bhuja-javena nipātyamāne
anyonyato ’ṁsa-kaṭi-pāda-karoru-jatrum
cūrṇī-babhūvatur upetya yathārka-śākhe
saṁyudhyator dviradayor iva dīpta-manvyoḥ

SYNONYMS

te — they; vai — indeed; gade — the two clubs; bhuja — of their arms; javena — by the rapid force; nipātyamāne — being powerfully swung; anyonyataḥ — against one another; aṁsa — their shoulders; kaṭi — hips; pāda — feet; kara — hands; ūru — thighs; jatrum — and collarbones; cūrṇī — crushed; babhūvatuḥ — became; upetya — contacting; yathā — as; arka-śākhe — two branches of arka trees; saṁyudhyatoḥ — fighting vigorously; dviradayoḥ — of a pair of elephants; iva — as; dīpta — inflamed; manvyoḥ — whose anger.

TRANSLATION

They swung their clubs at each other with such speed and force that as the clubs struck their shoulders, hips, feet, hands, thighs and collarbones, the weapons were crushed and broken like branches of arka trees with which two enraged elephants furiously attack each other.

VERSE 10.72.38

itthaṁ tayoḥ prahatayor gadayor nṛ-vīrau
kruddhau sva-muṣṭibhir ayaḥ-sparaśair apiṣṭām
śabdas tayoḥ praharator ibhayor ivāsīn
nirghāta-vajra-paruṣas tala-tāḍanotthaḥ

SYNONYMS

ittham — in this manner; tayoḥ — their; prahatayoḥ — being ruined; gadayoḥ — the clubs; nr — among human beings; vīrau — the two great heroes; kruddhau — angry; sva — their own; muṣṭibhiḥ — with the fists; ayaḥ — like iron; sparaśaiḥ — whose touch; apiṣṭām — they battered; śabdaḥ — the sound; tayoḥ — of them; praharatoḥ — striking; ibhayoḥ — of two elephants; iva — as; āsīt — became; nirghāta — crashing; vajra — like thunder; paruṣaḥ — harsh; tala — of their palms; tāḍana — by the hitting; utthaḥ — raised.

TRANSLATION

Their clubs thus ruined, those great heroes among men angrily pummeled each other with their iron-hard fists. As they slapped each other, the sound resembled the crash of elephants colliding or harsh thunderclaps.

VERSE 10.72.39

tayor evaṁ praharatoḥ
sama-śikṣā-balaujasoḥ
nirviśeṣam abhūd yuddham
akṣīṇa-javayor nṛpa

SYNONYMS

tayoḥ — of the two; evam — thus; praharatoḥ — striking; sama — equal; śikṣā — whose training; bala — strength; ojasoḥ — and stamina; nirviśeṣam — indecisive; abhūt — was; yuddham — the fight; akṣīṇa — undiminished; javayoḥ — whose exertion; nṛpa — O King.

TRANSLATION

As they thus fought, this contest between opponents of equal training, strength and stamina reached no conclusion. And so they kept on fighting, O King, without any letup.

VERSE 10.72.40

śatror janma-mṛtī vidvāñ
jīvitaṁ ca jarā-kṛtam
pārtham āpyāyayan svena
tejasācintayad dhariḥ

SYNONYMS

śatroḥ — of the enemy; janma — the birth; mṛtī — and death; vidvān — knowing; jīvitam — the bringing to life; ca — and; jarā — by the demoness Jarā; kṛtam — done; pārtham — Bhīma, the son of Pṛthā; āpyāyayan — empowering; svena — with His own; tejasā — potency; acintayat — thought; hariḥ — Lord Kṛṣṇa.

TRANSLATION

Lord Kṛṣṇa knew the secret of His enemy Jarāsandha’s birth and death, and also how he had been given life by the demoness Jarā. Considering all this, Lord Kṛṣṇa imparted His special power to Bhīma.

VERSE 10.72.41

sañcintyārī-vadhopāyaṁ
bhīmasyāmogha-darśanaḥ
darśayām āsa viṭapaṁ
pāṭayann iva saṁjñayā

SYNONYMS

sañcintya — having thought; ari — their enemy; vadha — for killing; upāyam — about the means; bhīmasya — to Bhīma; amogha-darśanaḥ — the Supreme Lord, whose vision is infallible; darśayām āsa — showed; viṭapam — a tree branch; pāṭayan — tearing apart; iva — as if; saṁjñayā — as a sign.

TRANSLATION

Having determined how to kill the enemy, that Lord of infallible vision made a sign to Bhīma by tearing in half a small branch of a tree.

VERSE 10.72.42

tad vijñāya mahā-sattvo
bhīmaḥ praharatāṁ varaḥ
gṛhītvā pādayoḥ śatruṁ
pātayām āsa bhū-tale

SYNONYMS

tat — that; vijñāya — understanding; mahā — great; sattvaḥ — whose strength; bhīmaḥ — Bhīma; praharatām — of fighters; varaḥ — the best; gṛhītvā — seizing; pādayoḥ — by the feet; śatrum — his enemy; pātayām asa — he made him fall; bhū-tale — to the ground.

TRANSLATION

Understanding this sign, mighty Bhīma, the best of fighters, seized his opponent by the feet and threw him to the ground.

VERSE 10.72.43

ekam pādaṁ padākramya
dorbhyām anyaṁ pragṛhya saḥ
gudataḥ pāṭayām āsa
śākham iva mahā-gajaḥ

SYNONYMS

ekam — one; pādam — leg; padā — with his foot; ākramya — standing on top of; dorbhyām — with his two hands; anyam — the other; pragṛhya — taking hold of; saḥ — he; gudataḥ — beginning from the anus; pāṭayām āsa — tore him asunder; śākhām — a tree branch; iva — as; mahā — great; gajaḥ — an elephant.

TRANSLATION

Bhīma pressed down on one leg with his foot while grabbing Jarāsandha’s other leg in his hands, and just as a great elephant might break the branch of a tree, Bhīma tore Jarāsandha apart from the anus upward.

VERSE 10.72.44

eka-pādoru-vṛṣaṇa-
kaṭi-pṛṣṭha-stanāṁsake
eka-bāhv-akṣi-bhrū-karṇe
śakale dadṛśuḥ prajāḥ

SYNONYMS

eka — with one; pāda — leg; ūru — thigh; vṛṣaṇa — testicle; kati — hip; pṛṣṭha — side of the back; stana — chest; aṁsake — and shoulder; eka — with one; bāhu — arm; akṣi — eye; bhrū — eyebrow; karṇe — and ear; śakale — two pieces; dadṛśuḥ — saw; prajāḥ — the citizens.

TRANSLATION

The King’s subjects then saw him lying in two separate pieces, each with a single leg, thigh, testicle, hip, shoulder, arm, eye, eyebrow and ear, and with half a back and chest.

VERSE 10.72.45

hāhā-kāro mahān āsīn
nihate magadheśvare
pūjayām āsatur bhīmaṁ
parirabhya jayācyatau

SYNONYMS

hāhā-kāraḥ — a cry of lamentation; mahān — great; āsīt — arose; nihate — having been killed; magadha-īśvare — the lord of the Magadha province; pūjayām āsatuḥ — the two of them honored; bhīmam — Bhīma; parirabhya — embracing; jaya — Arjuna; acyutau — and Kṛṣṇa.

TRANSLATION

With the death of the lord of Magadha, a great cry of lamentation arose, while Arjuna and Kṛṣṇa congratulated Bhīma by embracing him.

VERSE 10.72.46

sahadevaṁ tat-tanayaṁ
bhagavān bhūta-bhāvanaḥ
abhyaṣiñcad ameyātmā
magadhānāṁ patiṁ prabhuḥ
mocayām āsa rājanyān
saṁruddhā māgadhena ye

SYNONYMS

sahadevam — named Sahadeva; tat — his (Jarāsandha’s); tanayam — son; bhagavān — the Personality of Godhead; bhūta — of all living beings; bhāvanaḥ — the sustainer; abhyaṣiñcat — coronated; ameya-ātmā — the immeasurable one; magadhānām — of the Magadhas; patim — as the master; prabhuḥ — the Lord; mocayām āsa — He released; rājanyān — the kings; saṁruddhāḥ — imprisoned; māgadhena — by Jarāsandha; ye — who.

TRANSLATION

The immeasurable Supreme Personality of Godhead, the sustainer and benefactor of all living beings, coronated Jarāsandha’s son, Sahadeva, as the new ruler of the Magadhas. The Lord then freed all the kings Jarāsandha had imprisoned.