Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Jarasandha - King of Magadha


Jarasandha was the king of Magadha. His father had been childless for many years and finally got a magical mango from a sage, which would get his queen pregnant if she ate it. He had two wives, so he gave them half a mango each. They both got pregnant and delivered two halves of the same baby, born dead. The king was grief stricken and ordered the lumps of flesh to be tossed outside.

A Rakshashi named Jara saw those two pieces of a child outside and joined them together. The baby came alive. She gave it to the king, who named the child Jarasandha in her honor. (sandha = one who has been joined together). The boy grew to be a immensely strong man. He had captured a hundred kings and kept them prisoner, intending to execute all of them in a sacrifice, once the number reached hundred and eight.

Krishna, Arjuna and Bheema, went to him disguised as Brahmanas and asked him to choose one of them to fight him. He chose Bheema. The fight lasted a long time. Finally, acting upon Krishna's signal, Bheema tore Jarasandha into two pieces, and tossed the pieces (cut lengthwise) facing opposite directions. Thus the mighty Jarasandha was killed.

Last Modified At: Thu Oct 21 22:17:37 2004