WHEN the war was nearing its end, Bala- rama arrived at Kurukshetra after
complet- ing his tour of holy places. He came just when Bhima and Duryodhana were engaged
in their last mortal combat.
He saw Bhima aiming the deadly blow which broke Duryodhana's thighs,
and his anger flamed up at this great breach of the rules of single combat.
"Fie upon you all! Would any Kshatriya hit below the navel? This
Bhima has offended the law most disgracefully," he exclaimed and impatiently going up
to his brother Krishna, shouted:
"You can look on and tolerate all this, but I cannot bear to see
such unclean fighting!" Saying this he advanced towards the offending Bhima with
The plough was Balarama's weapon on supreme occasions, as the discus
was Krishna's.Krishna was alarmed when he saw his elder brother advancing in a passion
He rushed forward and, intercepting him, said: "The Pandavas are
our friends and closest relations.