What is Krishna and Shiva fighting story [Vanasura (Banasura), Usha, Anirudhha story]

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Just before moving forward to know about “What is Krishna and Shiva fighting story”, let us have a brief background about Bhagavan Sri Vishnu (Krishna), Sri Brahma Deva and Lord Shiva.

Bhagavan Sri Vishnu just before the starting of the creation, creates Sri Brahma Deva from his nabhi (navel). Thus Bhagavan Sri Vishnu is also known as Bhagavan Sri Padmanabha.

Here Padmanabha means, he is someone who has given birth from his nabhi (navel) and the one who has taken birth is sitting on a Padma flower (Lotus flower). For this reason Bhagavan Sri Vishnu is also known as Padmanabha.

Later Sri Brahma Deva gives birth to many including Sri Rudra Deva (Lord Shiva) from his ‘manasa’ (mind).

Thus Sri Rudra Deva (Lord Shiva) is also called as ‘manasa putra’, that is, Lord Shiva is someone who is born from the mind of Sri Brahma Deva and thus Lord Shiva is known as ‘manasa putra’ of Sri Brahma Deva. 

From this, we can have a clarity that, Bhagavan Sri Vishnu’s son is Sri Brahma Deva. Sri Brahma Deva’s son is Sri Rudra Deva (Lord Shiva). Sri Rudra Deva (Lord Shiva) is grandson of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu.

Lord Shiva is known as Sri Rudra Deva, as when he took birth from the mind of Sri Brahma Deva, he was making ‘raudra krandana’ type of sound and thus Lord Shiva is known as Sri Rudra Deva.

Meaning of Raudra : ‘furiously crying’. In Indian literature one of eight prevailing sentiments, rasas. Raudra is based in turn on the complementary ‘emotion’ (bhāva) of anger, krodha. The term raudra also denote a follower of the god Rudra.

Also we should note that, there is no difference between Bhagavan Sri Vishnu and his different avatars like Bhagavan Sri Varaha Swamy, Bhagavan Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Bhagavan Sri Matsya, Bhagavan Sri Kurma, Bhagavan Sri Vamana, Bhagavan Sri Parashurama, Bhagavan Sri Rama, Bhagavan Sri Krishna, Bhagavan Sri Buddha, Bhagavan Sri Kalki.

This is very clearly said in all the Vedas, Pancharatra, Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Upanishads, etc.

Now, let us move forward to know about “What is Krishna and Shiva fighting story” as given below:

What is Krishna and Shiva fighting story:

This story is taken from Srimad Bhagavatam (Sri Vishnu Purana).

Sri Krishna had more than one lakh and eighty thousand sons. But the best of them was Pradyumna and Pradyumna’s son Aniruddha.

Usha (Banasura’s daughter) once met Parvati Devi and Sri Shiva. Usha asked Parvati Devi who her husband would be.

Parvati Devi replied that in the month of Vaishakha a person will appear in Usha’s dreams. And this person will be her husband.

As promised by Parvati Devi, Usha did saw a person in her dreams.

But Usha did not know how this person was. Usha told her friend Chitralekha about this.

Chitralekha thought that the only way to find out was to show Usha the portraits of various important personages amongst the Devas, Gandharvas, asuras etc.

But the required person could not be identified from these portraits.

Usha was then shown the portraits of humans and immediately she identified Aniruddha.

Many years ago, Banasura had prayed to Mahadeva (Lord Shiva), he had said, “please grant me fights. I have ten thousand arms. What will I do with all these arms if I don’t get a chance to fight?”

“Be patient,” replied Mahadeva. “One day you will find your flag lying broken. When that happens, you will get the opportunity to fight as much as you wish.”

At this Banasura was very happy.

Meanwhile, once Aniruddha’s identity had been established, Chitralekha wondered what could be done.

Chitrlekaha went to Dvaraka and secretly brought Aniruddha to meet Usha.

That was the very day on which Banasura found his flag lying broken.

The guards also came and informed Banasura, that Aniruddha was with Usha.

Banasura sent his soldiers to fight with Aniruddha, but Aniruddha killed them all with a club.

Then Banasura himself entered the fray.

Initially, Banasura was beaten by Aniruddha. But Banasura used Maya (tricks) to tie Aniruddha up.

Devarshi Narada went to Dvaraka and told the Yadavas this.

So Sri Krishna, Balarama and Pradyumna came to rescue Aniruddha.

Many soldiers were killed by Sri Krishna before entering Banasura’s city.

Also at the gate was a demon known as Jvara, a demon with a huge body, three arms and three legs.

This demon had been born out of Mahadeva’s body.

The demon was so powerful that it even caused Balarama some discomfort.

But Sri Krishna created a demon from his own body, which killed the demon Jvara.

Banasura himself came out to fight.

Mahadeva and Kartikeya fought on Banasura’s side.

Terrible was the war between Sri Krishna and Mahadeva and everyone thought that the world would come to an end.

But Sri Krishna tired out Mahadeva.

Pradyumna defeated Kartikeya, and Balarama killed many of Banasura’s soldiers.

Sri Krishna and Banasura shot arrows at each other.

Then Sri Krishna took up this Sudarshana chakra and sliced of all Banasura’s arms.

But when Sri Krishna was about to kill Banasura, Mahadeva intervened and begged for Banasura’s life.

This boon was granted by parama dayaalu (The God of mercy) Sri Krishna.

(Earlier Bhagavan Sri Vishnu in his Sri Narasimha avatar had promised his bhakta / devotee Prahlada, that he will not kill any of his family members.)

(Because of this reason, Bhagavan Sri Vishnu in his Sri Vamana avatar didn’t killed Bali Chakravarti. Also in Sri Krishna avatar, he didn’t killed Banasura.)

At the end of the war, Aniruddha and Usha too returned to Dvaraka with the other Yadavas.

PS: We should note that this war is fought only to teach lesson to Vanasura (Banasura) and also to show that Sri Krishna / Sri Hari is Sarvottama / Supreme.

All others are followers of the of Sri Hari / Sri Krishna. It is not easy for few people to accept this story, but we need to understand our GREAT SANATANA DHARMA and have to learn continuously about our Shastras to know about the GREATNESS of Sri Hari / Sri Krishna.

I request the readers not to take this story in some other way. Sri Hari’s putra / son is Sri Brahma Deva and Sri Brahma Deva’s putra / son is Sri Rudra Deva / Sri Shiva.

You can also learn more stories related to Krishna, Rukmini, Pradhyumna, Arniruddha etc from the below links:

Sri Krishna Rukmini Marriage

Sri Krishna wives and children names

Sri Krishna’s son Pradhyumna and Shambrasur

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  • Unknown

    mahadeva begged krishna???? crap it is!! have you ever heard of the stories that krishna and brahma failed to see the top and bottom of mahadev?? right from rama avatara to krishna avatar ,vishnu prayed to shiva for his help…. trace the kanda purana to know from where vishnu got his sudharshana chakra… trace the sleeping statue of perumal at srirangam to notify that vishnu is continously doing abishekam for lord shiva… trace the mahabharatha where krishna prays to shiva to clear his adharma…

    • Vijay Kumar S Khatokar Bharatiya

      sri friend, we should know about our shastragan to know the tatva. without knowing or just watching or just reading some human made texts, we cannot explain the ultimate tatva.
      sri gurubhyo namaha
      om sri krishnaaya namaha

    • D Murugan Acharya

      Are your texts God-made??? In your reply towards my comment, you have stated that you follow Mahabharata and you are now dumping it just because you could not accept the fact??? This story is not even from the Mahabharata!! it was merely a later interpolation into the Mahabharata as a khila or appendix of the itihasa.

    • Vijay Kumar S Khatokar Bharatiya

      You should know Sri Bhagavatam before replying in such a way. Please understand about our shastra, we have the world's largest bunch of knowledge.

    • Unknown

      Shivaaya Vishnu Roopaaya, Shiva Roopaaya Vishanave |
      Shivasya Hrudayam Vishnur, Vishnuscha Hrudayam Shivaha ||
      Yatha Shivamayo Vishnuhu, Yevam Vishnu Mayaha Shivaha |

      Yathaantharam Na Paschyaami, Thatha Me Swasthi Ra Yushi ||

    • Vijay Kumar S Khatokar Bharatiya

      Thanks for the comment. You can go through my other blog posts also to know about our GREAT SANATANA DHARMA.
      Sri Krishnaaya namaha

  • Unknown

    Shiva tired while fighting…
    Shiva begged
    It's shiva plan to disappear in war by astra ….so krishna can follow dharma….

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