Famous names: Aniruddh, Jhashanka
The Indian mythological saga Mahabharat has many stories here we bring another saga for you of Banasura. Swayamvar is one of the older times traditional rituals where a woman can choose her husband in a public gathering. In a Swayamvar of Sundari (sister of Rukmani), Pradyumna wore the garland and became a husband of her ritually. After their marriage of Pradyumna and Sundari, they a gave a birth to a son called Aniruddha.
Usha’s affection for Aniruddha
Aniruddha was such an attractive and good looking man. As he was having an attractive personality, he had become famous everywhere because of his appearance. Once, Banasura’s daughter Usha saw Aniruddha in her dreams. As he is a charmer so, Usha was charmed by his looks. At every moment she thinks about him. Chitralekha was a friend of Usha and she was having mastery in sketching. Usha described his looks to Chitralekha and told her to make a sketch of him. Chitralekha who was a perfect sketcher made a sketch that looked exactly like Aniruddha.
As soon as Usha saw the sketched picture of him she got overwhelmed and shouted, “Yes, he is the one.” Usha, like to meet him at the moment, At the same time Chitralekha flew like a bird and reach to his place where he was sleeping, she picked Aniruddha in his sleep from there and brought him to the place of Usha.
Aniruddha was such an attractive and good looking man. Just because of this. He was a charmer and then he had become so famous everywhere because of his attractive appearance.
Usha’s love towards Aniruddha and Banasura’s anger
All of the sudden Aniruddha wakes up from his sleep and opened his eyes. He found himself in another place where Usha is leaning over him. Seeing her beauty, he also started loving her and decided to stay back with her at Usha’s palace. They loved each other and by her excellent service, Aniruddha forgets all other things in Usha’s love. Aniruddha’s love upon her was without any back down. In this Aniruddha even forgets himself and not even remember that how much time he spent and even he forgot his home. Banasura somehow came to know about their love and affection he put Aniruddha behind the bars (punishment).Lord Narad knows everything result that, Lord Narad came to know and he informed Shri Krishna.
Usha made Aniruddha forget all other things by her love and affection. Aniruddha’s love upon her was without any back down. In this Aniruddha even forgot himself and not even remember that how much time he spent and even he forgot his home.
Shiva’s great devotee Banasura
Banasura was a devotee of Lord Shiva. Being happy Lord Shiva honored him with 1,000 arms as a result, no one had a dare to challenge him for battle. Got this honor one day he asked Lord Shiva to give him a chance to fight with someone who is as strong as him. Hearing that Lord Shiva gave a curse to him that he will get defeated in war by a person who is more powerful than him. That powerful man is none other than Shri Krishna, Lord Krishna came to Banasura’s city Shantipur with his full army of the Yadavas and a battle took place.
Shiva Mahapuran and Vishnu puran both master epics elaborate the tales of how Lord Krishna’s and Lord Shiva’s armies fought against each other and witnessed a war but that war was not having any conclusion. Both Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva stayed unbeatable. The result of that war was nothing and it ended calmly, the war between Hari-Hara (Shiv-Vishnu) represents unity and giving a message that they both are one and united with each other. A very thoughtful message came from this war that unity is a great virtue as Shiva cannot win without Krishna and Krishna cannot win without Shiva. That show both the God is incomplete without each other and both are each other’s, Lord. The love and respects both gave due to each other and offered prayers. Here a beautiful message comes that “Shiva is Krishna and Krishna is Shiva.”
Both Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva stayed unbeatable. The result of that war was nothing and it ended calmly, the war between Hari-Hara (Shiv-Vishnu) represents unity and giving a message that the both are one and united with each other. A very thoughtful message came from this war that unity is a great virtue as Shiva cannot win without Krishna and Krishna cannot win without Shiva. That show both the Gods are incomplete without each other and both are each other’s, Lord.
The Defeat of Banasura
Banasura, who acclaims that he is a great warrior was defeated, but his life was secured and spared as he was in the security of Lord Shiva, at the end Banasura felt sorry and make an apology to Krishna. Lastly, Banasura got Usha married to Aniruddha with an Indian custom ceremoniously and Lord Krishna came back to Dwarka with his grandson and grand daughter-in-law. Aniruddha is also called Jhashanka and Ushapati. Aniruddha had a son named Vajra.