Could someone think of war among the 2 most supreme powers guarding the universe? Can there be a conflict among the lords? Could there be a war between the creator and the destroyer? Well, let’s know this story of battle among the ultimate lords…
Who on earth is not aware of Prahlad? … The legend of young Prahlad is so inspiring that more people refer to him “Bhakta Prahlad” than merely Prahlad. His love and devotion towards Lord Vishnu is immortal. He deserved to be blessed, because he was not only loyal, but also brave. Today we talk about a descendant of Prahlad- that’s Banasur.
Banasur was the 10th descendant of Prahlad and eldest among 100 sons of King Bali. He was fond of Lord Shiva from his childhood. Banasur meditated and worshipped hard to appease Lord Shiva when he was grown up. Shiva appeared before him and gave him the boon of 1000 powerful arms and that he becomes very powerful. Banasur also asked for the boon that Shiva would always protect him whenever he is in trouble and Lord Shiva granted his wish.
After he received the boon from Lord Shiva, Banasur began to be an egotist and arrogant. He then attacked Kailash, an abode of Lord Shiva. Seeing this Lord Shiva got angry and said that his demise was near. He also reminded him that the reason for his demise had already been born and he would notice this when the flag on his kingdom gate would be broken.
Banasur had a daughter Usha who saw a handsome prince in her dream and fell in lust with him. One day she told one of her maids, Chitralekha about her dream. Chitralekha with her black magic draws a portrait of the prince seen in Usha’s dream. Usha confirmed that the portrait was the same person, which she saw in her dream. Chitralekha told that the prince was Anirudha. After which Usha asked her to bring him to her.
Anirudha was the grandson of Lord Krishna. Chitralekha through her magic reached Dwaraka and made Anirudha unconscious while he was in sleep. Then she took Anirudha in front of Usha. When Anirudha woke up Usha explained about her dream and how she fell in love with him. Anirudha mesmerized by the beauty of Usha, fell in love with her. They stayed together in her compartment for several days.
While Anirudha stayed with Usha, the flag on the gate of the kingdom broke and fell off. Noticing this Banasur became suspicious that there was some outsider in his palace. Banasur finds out that Anirudha was in Usha’s room and then he took Anirudha into the captive.
Meanwhile, there was already a huge havoc in Dwaraka about the loss of Anirudha. Lord Krishna had received the message that Banasur held Anirudha. He then, along with Balarama and some army, attacked Banasur’s kingdom. Balarama with his power destroyed all of Banasur’s army. Banasur confronted Krishna but he was powerless in front of Lord Krishna. At this moment Banasur prays to Lord Shiva in order to protect him.
Lord Shiva, confined with his boon, came to rescue Banasur and thus began the war between Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna.
Both the Lords battled with each other. When Krishna found out that he was helpless to kill Banasur when Lord Shiva himself is protecting him, he prayed to Lord Shiva in his mind. Then, Lord Shiva gives him a trick to follow. Krishna threw an arrow that led Lord Shiva to fall asleep.
After this, Krishna took out his Sudarshana Chakra to cut of Banasur’s head when Shiva woke up and blocked the chakra. Shiva then pledges Krishna to forgive Banasur as he is one of his great devotees.
Having a look at all these pictures, Banasur also felt ashamed and asked for forgiveness. He also promised to let down his arrogance and be good in future. Banasura then made Aniruddha and Usha to get married to each other and sent them with Lord Krishna respectfully.