Who was Jarasandha's daughter
Chapter 14 - Krishna tells about Jarasandha
Oh great King, with all your qualities you are worthy of Rajasuya sacrifice. Though you know everything, oh Bharata, let me tell you one more thing. Those men who are now called Kshatriyas are far inferior to the Kshatriyas, who then defeated Rama, the son of Jamadagni. Oh Lord of the Earth, you know the rules for Kshatriyas that have been passed down from those generations and that have survived until today. All of the innumerable royal lines represent themselves as the descendants of Aila and Ikshvaku. And both lines are divided into hundreds of dynasties. The descendants of Yayati and the Bhojas are numerous and powerful. They are all scattered all over the world and pay attention to the prosperity of their monarchs. But there is a king named Jarasandha, who surpasses the wealth of the entire caste. With his energy he overwhelmed everyone and sat over the heads of the other kings. Jarasandha enjoys rulership over the central area of the earth (Mathura) and sows disagreement between us. Verily, O Bharata, this king is the best of kings. Dominion over the universe is rooted in him and he deserves to be called imperial ruler. The mighty King Sisupala placed himself under his protection and became commander in chief of his troops. The mighty Vakra, the great king of the Karushas, who is able to fight with the power of illusion, awaits King Jarasandha as his disciple. The two Hansa and Dimvaka with the special energy and the great soul have sought refuge with the mighty Jarasandha. The others, Dantavakra, Karava and Meghavahana are also waiting for Jarasandha.
Bhagadatta wears on his head what is known as the most wonderful jewel on earth. This king of the Yavanas chastised Muru and Naraka, whose power is unlimited, and rules the west like Varuna. But also Bhagadatta, this old friend of your father, bowed his head to Jarasandha in words and deeds. In his heart, however, he is attached to you by his affection and regards you like a father his child. Only Purujit, this enemy suppressor and brave leader of the line of the Kunti, who ruled realms in the west and south and is your maternal uncle, he alone respects you out of affection and is by your side. Even those whom I once spared, this devious gate among the Chedis, who pretends to be a divine being in the world and is now known as such, who bears my marks out of foolishness, this strong king of the Vanga, Pundra and Kiratas, on earth known under the name of Paundraka Vasudeva - he too took the side of Jarasandha. Then Bhismaka, this mighty king of the Bhojas, he rules a quarter of this earth, is a friend of Indra, a destroyer of enemy heroes and through his knowledge conquered Pandyas and Kratha-Kaushikas, whose brave brother Akriti was similar to Rama, son of Jamadagni. He too became the servant of the King of Magadha. And we are his relatives, so we do what serves him every day. But although we respect him very much, he disregards us and acts badly on us. For without realizing his strength and the dignity of his own family, he has placed himself under Jarasandha's protection in view of his radiant fame. The eighteen tribes of the Bhojas have all fled west for fear of Jarasandha. This was also done by the Shurasenas, Bhadrakaras, Vodhas, Shalyas, Patachcharas, Susthulas, Mukuttas, Kulindas and the Kuntis. The kings of the Shalwayana dynasty, the southern Panchalas and the Kosalas from the east fled to the land of the Kuntis with all their brothers, relatives and entourage. The Matsyas and Sannyastapadas, too, were overwhelmed by fear and left their homes in the north and moved south.
Some time before, the foolish Kansa had married two daughters of Jarasandha and attacked the Yadavas. The two daughters are called Asti and Prapti and are the sisters of Sahadeva. The fool felt so strong through this alliance that he attacked his relatives and gained superiority. But with this behavior he was defamated. The foolish Kansa also suppressed the old kings of the Bhojas, but they sought protection from us from the assaults of their relatives. I gave Ahuka's beautiful daughter Satarinka to Akrura, thus doing my relatives a service. In addition, Balarama and I killed Kansa and Sunaman. But after the source of fear had dried up with the death of Kansas, Jarasandha, Kansas father-in-law, took up arms. We, the younger of the eighteen Yadava tribes, came to the conclusion after careful consideration that we would not be in a position to be dangerous to him, Jarasandha, in three hundred years, even if we kept striking the enemy with our deadly weapons. In fact, he had two friends who were like the immortals and who knew no equal in strength and power. These were Hansa and Dimvaka. Both could not be killed with guns. United with them, the mighty Jarasandha could not even be defeated by the three worlds, I thought at the time. And this, oh cleverest of men, was not only my opinion, but that of the other kings as well.
King Hansa was then hard-pressed by Rama Valadeva in a battle of eighteen days. Dimvaka heard and believed many a rumor about Hansa's death and said that he could no longer live without Hansa. He immediately jumped into the waters of the Yamuna and killed himself. And when Hansa again heard of Dimvaka's death, he too drowned himself in the waters of the Yamuna. Then King Jarasandha sadly returned to his kingdom. And we were very happy and continued to live in Mathura. But Hansa's widow, Jarasandha's beautiful daughter, was heartbroken over the death of her husband. Again and again she urged her father to kill her husband's murderer. Then our fear of Jarasandha was renewed and we left Mathura sadly. We divided our riches into small, portable loads and headed west with our relatives to the delightful city of Kushasthali (Dwaraka) at the picturesque Raivata Mountains. Here we settled. We renewed the fortifications and made them strong so that even the immortals cannot invade. Even women would be able to fight the enemy from inside, not to mention the strong Yadava heroes. We now live in this city without fear, because we believe that the mountain is insurmountable. So we are no longer afraid of Jarasandha and live happily.
Yes, O King, although we had strength and energy, we were forced to go under pressure from Jarasandha to the mountains of Gomanta, which are three yojanas long. Twenty-one posts with armed men were set up within a yojanas, and one hundred gates were erected, the arches of which are adorned with courageous heroes. Countless, unshakable kshatriyas defend and protect all the structures. There are eighteen thousand brothers and cousins in our race. Ahuka has a hundred sons, each of whom is like a god in valor. Charudeshna and his brother Pradyumna, Chakradeva, Satyaki, myself, Valadeva, the son of the Rohini, and my son Samba - the seven of us are Atirathas (who can fight thousands at the same time). And I'll give you more names of mighty warriors: Kritavarman, Anadhrishti, Shamika, Samitinjaya, Kanka, Shanku and Kunti are Maharathas. Then there are the two sons of Andhakabhoja and the old king himself. They have great energy and are heroes of the clap of thunder. All of these Maharathas chose the middle country and now live among the Vrishnis.
Oh best of the Bharatas, you alone are worthy of being an imperial ruler. It is yours to extend your kingdom over all the kshatriyas. But this is my opinion: You will not be able to bring the Rajasuya to an end successfully while the mighty Jarasandha is alive. Many kings are held in its rock fortress, like a lion gathers the dead bodies of elephants in its mountain cave. O Enemies, with the help of these captured monarchs, King Jarasandha wants to make a sacrifice. He also worshiped the glorious god of gods, Shiva, Uma's husband, with terrible asceticism. Because of this, he was able to defeat all the kings of the earth and fulfill his vow of sacrifice. He defeated the kings with their troops, took them all prisoners to his fortress and made the crowd swell tremendously. Yes, O king, for fear of Jarasandha, we left Mathura and fled to Dwaravati. If you, oh great king, wish to perform the Rajasuya sacrifice, then fight to free the kings captured by Jarasandha and to kill him. Oh son of the Kuru family, otherwise your project cannot be carried out. Oh smartest of men, there is no other way. That's my opinion, you sinless one. Now act as you see fit. And when you have considered all the circumstances, let us know how you feel about it, O king.
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