Banasur a great warrior and his end by Lord Krishna

Banasur is the eldest son of Bali and Bali was a renowned devil; it is said that he had a hundred sons.One of the sons was a great archer called “Banasur”.With his bravery, he had made Shonitpur (present day Tezpur, in Assam) his capital. He was also a devotee of  Lord Shiva and a resistant -minded person. Because of having a thousand hands, Banasur is also called Sahashtra-Baahu (person with thousand hands).

Lord Shiva’s  gave a boon to Banasur

Once Lord Shiva was performing his ‘Tandav Nritya’, Banasur used to play the ‘Mridanga’ with his thousand hands. Banasur is the follower of Lord Shiva and worshiped Shiva for almost a thousand years. Seeing all that Lord Shiva got pleased and gave him an advantage of having a thousand hands. As he asked for a boon as a true devotee of him. Lord Shiva said to Banasur that “You reside near my town.” named Kedar, now it is famous as a holy temple of Hindus called as Kedarnath. He had a great desire for war, he asked Shiva’s consent, that he can fight with anyone except Lord Shiva.

Answering him, Lord Shiva told him that whenever his flag on his chariot falls down someone will be defeated, hearing this from that day  Banasur was waiting for his flag to fall. Once in a war where Banasur and Aniruddha had a combat there his flag fell off.

Once Lord Shiva was performing his ‘Tandav Nritya’, Banasur used to play the ‘Mridanga’ with his thousand hands. Banasur is the follower of Lord Shiva and worshiped Shiva for almost a thousand years. Seeing all that Lord Shiva got pleased and gave him an advantage of having a thousand hands. As he asked for a boon as a true devotee of him. Lord Shiva said to Banasur that “You reside near my town.” named Kedar, now it is famous as a holy temple of Hindus called as Kedarnath.

A great warrior Banasur

It is said that Banasur was known by his strength; knowledge and prosperity in a large number and result of that he had become self-centered, but Lord Shiva never bears pride in his devotees. Banasur uses to search for the person who is strong as him on earth as he keeps on beating great fighters in many combats. As he beat many great fighters that are why, wherever he goes, many of the gods, public and great people used to get scared of him and run away. One day a chance had come where he even defeated Lord Indra in war. As a boon, he had a long life to live. As he took birth at the start of Treta age (there are four ages, according to Hinduism- Krita (Sat), Treta, Dwapar, and Kali) and he was alive till the Dwapar Yug. 

A story of Banasur and his daughter?

Banasur was blessed with a daughter named Usha. She was extremely beautiful and once the day she saw Aniruddha (grandson of Shri Krishna) in her dreams, seeing his charm she was spellbound by him. She told this all to one of her friend named Chitralekha, She was an expert in drawing sketches. Chitralekha was having mastery in taking a form of a bird and could fly. One day she flew away to get Aniruddha for Usha to her Palace. Somehow Banasur came to know about this, he got angry and he put Aniruddha in prison.

As soon as Narad got to know about it, he gave the same news to Krishna, so Krishna brought with his army to fight with Banasur. When Banasur got to know that he was getting defeated, he remembered Lord Shiva’s boon. As soon as Shiva came down and then there was a fight took place in between Shiva and Krishna. At the end of the end of a  battle, Shiva told Krishna. That “my almighty, who can win over you? Banasur is my devotee, please forgive and spare him.”

Somehow Banasur came to know about this, he got angry and he put Aniruddha in prison.  As soon as Narad got to know about it, he gave the same news to Krishna, so Krishna brought his with his army to fight with Banasur. When Banasur got to know that he was getting defeated, he remembered Lord Shiva’s boon. As soon as Shiva came down and then there was a fight took place in between Shiva and Krishna. At the end of the end of a  battle, Shiva told Krishna. That “my almighty, who can win over you? Banasur is my devotee, please forgive and spare  him.”

Confrontation of Krishna and Banasur

Hearing from Lord Shiva Lord Krishna told that, “As it is and you told him so, I will not kill him because firstly he is your devotee and second he is the great grandson of Bhakta Prahlad and I am a man of words so I vowed to Prahlad not to kill any of his offspring. Since today, he will be your chief courtier and would become well-known.”

Saying this, Lord Krishna cut all his thousand hands, leaving only four of them. Banasur bent down to Vasudev (Krishna).

In saying this, Krishna cut all his thousand hands, leaving only four hands. Banasur bowed down to Vasudev (Krishna).

 


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