This descendant of Lord Ram took Kauravas’ side in Mahabharata war
The Mahabharata war was not fought just between a handful of Pandavas and 100 Kauravas, as is claimed by some Hindi movies. Plenty of allies had sided with both the camps. This ensured that thousands if not lakhs participated in the great war that went on for 18 long days. It was eventually won by the virtuous Pandavas.
The allies on both the sides give rise to some interesting trivia related to the war that took place at Kurukshetra. The Mahabharata happened in the Dwapar yug. The story that is focussed here goes back to the previous yug known as the Treta yug.
For the uninitiated, the Treta yug was the period when Ramayana took place. It was the time when Lord Ram ruled over the great city of Ayodhya. Ram’s lineage belongs to the Ikshvaku dynasty, also known as the Solar dynasty.
Ram was the 67th king of the dynasty to rule over Ayodhya while Kush was the next. Generations later, the 95th king of the dynasty was Brihadbala, as per author Manjunath Dattatrey’s book Suryavamsha. Of course, the number varies from source to source.
This is Brihadbala’s story in the context of the Mahabharata war.
Lord Ram and his lineage is known for siding with the righteous. But king Brihadbala, the descendant of Ram, joined the Kauravas during the war of Mahabharata.
Brihadbala was the ruler of the kingdom of Kosala. It so happened that he was subjugated by Bhima, one of the five Pandava brothers, during the much talked-about Rajasuya yagya. Later on, Karna’s Digvijay Yatra conquest ensured that he sided with the Kauravas.
Interestingly, it was Abhimanyu, the son of Arjun and Draupadi, who defeated Brihadbala when he penetrated the Chakravyuh formed by the Kauravas. As we all know, ultimately, Abhimanyu got killed too since he didn’t know how to come out of the Chakravyuh.
There isn’t much info available about Brihadbala. Even BR Chopra’s classic television show Mahabharat, which is known for narrating the epic in a detailed manner, doesn’t even have a mention of him.
But Brihadbala’s story brings across an interesting fact that the descendant of the 7th avatar of Vishnu [Ram] fought against its 8th avatar [Krishna, who was on Pandavas’ side in the war].
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