Krishna in the Mahabharata

Krishna in MahabharataEven though the Mahabharata is an epic that tells the story of the Kauravas and the Pandavas, Krishna happens to be an important character in it. In the Mahabharata, Krishna is described as the son of Vasudev and Devaki. Given his parentage, he was also sometimes known as Vasudeva Krishna. A lot of political details have been provided about Krishna , the most important of these is probably the fact that Krishna and the Yadavas and the Pandavas of the Kuru Kingdom established a strategic partnership. The Pandavas helped Krishna and the Yadavas overthrow Jarasandha, the king of Magadha, who was their biggest enemy.

In return, Krishna helped the Pandavas in the war of Kurushetra. However, Krishna was fair and offered his help to both the Pandavas as well as the Kauravas. He made several attempts to nip the war in the bud before it began. However, when it was evident that the war was inevitable, he told the Pandavas and the Kauravas that they could choose to be aided by either him or his army. The side that picked him however, should be aware that he personally would yield no weapons in the war.  After this declaration, the Pandavas chose Krishna himself and the Kauravas chose Krishna’s army.

Krishna assumed the humble role of charioteer of Arjuna’s chariot. But a war is as metal a strife as it is a physical one. There were times that Arjuna could no longer take the pressure of battling and killing his own family. At these crucial moments, if it had not been for the wisdom that Krishna imparted to Arjuna and urged him to go on, the Pandavas would have lost the war.

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