Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Shalwa - King of Saubha


Shalwa was the king of the Saubha Kingdom. Amba, the eldest princess of Kashi, had chosen him as her husband and would have selected him in the Swayamwara (self-choice ceremony), but she was abducted along with her two younger sisters by Bhishma. Bhishma wanted them to marry his younger brother Vichitraveerya.

Among the many kings that challenged Bhishma in his abduction, Shalwa was the foremost. After a bitter battle, he was worsted in combat. He barely escaped with his life, which he owed to the intervention of Amba on his behalf.

Later, when Bhishma came to know of the love that Amba had for Shalwa, he sent her with all due respect, handsomely dowered to Saubha. However, Shalwa refused to marry her, for she had been won from him fair combat. Besides, it did not suit his dignity to marry a woman who had been abducted.

Salwa was also a great friend of Jarasandha and Shishupala. He was killed by Krishna.

Last Modified At: Sun Aug 29 21:10:24 2004