Bihar, the land of Lord Krishna

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Bihar is sanctified not only by the holy foot prints of Lord Ram and Mother Sita but also by the foot prints of Lord Krishna - One of the avatars of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna, the well wisher of Pandavs, who were righteousness personified, wanted to help Yudhisthira in his conducting Raja Suya Yajna which if successfully completed make him the emperor of the world. Kings of all the countries accepted the invitation except Jarasandha, the king of Magadha.

Lord Krishna left the country of the Kurus (the present region of Delhi) along with Bhima and Arjuna. They traveled through the Panchala, Kosala and lastly through Miithila, the land of the present Bihar. In the time of Mahabharatha epic, the present north Bihar was known as Mithila country and south Bihar as Magadha and Anga countries. Near the present Hajipur of Bihar, they crossed the river Ganges and went towards east to reach Rajghir, the capital of Magadha country ruled by the King Jarasandh.

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Bhim and Arjun dressed themselves as Brahmanas and pleaded for alms before the King Jarasandh. When the King agreed then they revealed the inner meaning of their alms. They wanted to have wrestling with the King. Then Jarasandh came to understand the plot. Addressing Lord Krishna he said, "You ran away from the battle-field eighteen times, how can I fight with you? Arjun is a mere child. Bhima looks to be a well built youth. He alone is fit to fight with me." A great fight between Bhima and Jarasandh lasting for over fourteen days took place. Bhima had heard that Jarasandh never losses in fight. He broke Jarasandh’s leg and threw it off but because of the boon, it joined again. Helplessly he saw Lord Krishna. Then the lord picked up a straw of grass, dissected it in two parts and threw them in opposite directions. Bhima understood and did the same with Jarasandh and thus came the end of Jarasandh.

One can see the Chariot Route marks of Lord Krishna’s travel even today in the city of Rajghir of Nalanda district of Bihar. The two parallel furrows cut deep into rock for a length of about thirty feet give credence to the local belief that they were "burnt" into the rock by the speed and power of Lord Krishna's chariot when he entered the city of Rajgir during the epic Mahabharata times and thus prove the historicity of the event. Several shell inscriptions, the undeciphered characters current in central and eastern India from the 1st to 5th centuries AD are engraved in the rock around the chariot marks.

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