~ 166. Duryodhana Summons Balarama ~


Balarama had refused to choose a side in the war. He had taught Duryodhana and Bhima the art of mace-fighting, and he loved them both. So when Bhima shattered Duryodhana's thigh with his mace, Duryodhana cried out, "That's against all the rules! Balarama, my guru, see what Bhima has done to me! To me, who was always your favorite!"
Instantly, Balarama appeared and lifted up his plow to kill Bhima, but Krishna intervened. "Stop, my brother!" he said. "Bhima has only fulfilled the vow he took when Duryodhana taunted Draupadi by slapping his thigh. All is as it must be."



Inspired by: Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik.
Notes: This story is on p. 282.

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