Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Dec 20, CANADA (SUN)
Description of Kamsa's Strength
kah kamso 'yam pura daityo
tasya janmani karmani
Sri Bahulasva said: Who was this very powerful demon Kamsa? O great sage, please describe his births and deeds.
yuyudhe vishnuna sardham
yuddhe tena hato balat
Sri Narada said: At the time of churning the ocean a great demon named Kalanemi fought with Lord Vishnu and was violently killed by Him.
sukrena jivitas tatra
punar vishnum yoddhu-kama
When with his sanjivini science Sukracarya revived him, in his heart Kalanemi yearned to fight again with Lord Vishnu.
tapas tepe tada daityo
nityam durva-rasam pitva
bhajan devam pitamaham
On Mount Mandara he performed severe austerities, drinking durva-grass juice and worshiping the demigod Brahma.
varam bruhity uvaca tam
When a hundred celestial years had passed all that remained of him was bones in an anthill. Then Brahma said to him, Ask for a benediction," and Kalanemi spoke a reply.
brahmande ye sthita deva
tesham hastair na me mrityuh
purnanam api ma bhavet
Kalanemi said: May my death not come from the hands of any or all of the very powerful demigods, who have Lord Vishnu as their root.
durlabho 'yam varo daitya
yas tvaya prarthitah parah
kalantare te praptah syan
mad-vakyam na mrisha bhavet
Sri Brahma said: O demon, the benediction you request is difficult to attain. Still, you have now attained it. My words are not false.
ugrasenasya patnyam kau
janma lebhe 'surah punah
kaumare 'pi maha-mallaih
satatam sa yuyodha ha
Sri Narada said: In Ugrasena's wife the demon attained another demonic birth. Even in childhood he would regularly fight with great wrestlers.
sibiro 'bhud itas tatah
Wishing to conquer all directions, Jarasandha, the king of Magadha, set his royal camp at different places by the Yamuna's shore.
dudrava sibiran madi
Then the elephant Kuvalayapida, who was strong as thousands of other elephants, became angry, broke his chains, and ran from the royal camp.
nipatayan sa sibiran
mandiran bhubhritas tatan
yatra kamso 'pi yudhyati
It ran from the royal camp to the mountains and entered an arena where Kamsa was fighting.
kamsas tam ca samagatam
patayam asa bhu-tale
When wrestlers fled and the elephant approached him, Kamsa grabbed its trunk and threw it to the ground.
punar grihitva hastabhyam
Again grabbing it, Kamsa threw it into Jarasandha's army eighty miles away.
tad adbhutam balam drittva
asti-prapti dadau kanye
tasmai kamsaya tam dvipam
Pleased by seeing this amazing strength, the king of Magadha gave his two daughters, Asti and Prapti, as well as that elephant, to Kamsa.
rathanam ca tri-lakshakam
ayutam caiva dasinam
For a wedding present Jarasandha gave a hundred million horses, a hundred thousand elephants, three hundred thousand chariots, and ten thousand maidservants.
dvandva-yodhi tatah kamso
mahishmatim yayau viro
Then, very proud of the strength of his arms, and eager to fight, powerful Kamsa went, all alone, to Mahishmati City.
canuro mushtikah kutah
salas tosalakas tatha
Canura, Mushtika, Kuta, Sala, and Tosala, who were the sons of the king of Mahishmati, were wrestlers very eager to defeat their opponents in fighting.
kamsas tan aha samnapi
aham daso bhaveyam vo
bhavanto jayino yadi
Kamsa calmly said to them: "Let us fight. If you win, I will become your servant.
aham jayi ced bhavato
dasan sarvan karomy alam
sarvesham pasyatam tesham
iti pratijnam kritvatha
yuyudhe tair jayaishibhih
"If I win, I will make you all my servants." All these great fighters looked at him and agreed. Then Kamsa fought with them and they tried to defeat him.
yadagatam sa canuram
bhu-pritthe pothayam asa
sabdam uccaih samuccaran
When Canura rushed at him, Kamsa made a great sound and
threw him to the ground.
mushtibhir yudhi durgamam
ekena mushtina tam vai
patayam asa bhu-tale
When Mushtika rushed at him with ferocious punches, with one
punch Kamsa knocked him to the ground.
kutam samagatam kamso
grihitva padayos ca tam
cikshepa gagane balat
When Kuta rushed at him, Kamsa knowcked him to the ground,
grabbed his feet, and violently threw him into the sky.
bhujam asphotya dhavantam
salam nitva bhujena sah
patayitva punar nitva
bhumau tam vicakarsha ha
When Sala, waving his arms, rushed at him, Kamsa grabbed an
arm, pulled him down, and dragged him about.
atha tosalakam kamso
grihitva bhujayor balat
nipatya bhumav utthapya
Then Kamsa grabbed Tosala, knocked him to the ground, and,
by the power of his arms, threw him eighty miles away.
dasa-bhave ca tan kritva
taih sardham yadavadhipah
Then Kamsa made them all his servants and, on my advice,
went with them to great Mount Pravarashana.
yuyudhe vanarena sah
dinaih kamso hy avisramam
After presenting his proposal before him, Kamsa fought with
the gorilla Dvivida for twenty days without becoming tired.
dvivido girim utpatya
cikshepa tasya murdhani
kamso girim grihitva ca
Dvivida uprooted a mountain and threw it on Kamsa's head.
Kamsa also grabbed a mountain and threw it on Dvivida.
dvivido mushtina kamsam
ghatayitva nabho gatah
dhavan kamsas ca tam nitva
patayam asa bhu-tale
Dvivida punched Kamsa and jumped into the sky. Kamsa chased
him and threw him to the ground.
param kashmalatam yayau
dasa-bhavam gatas tada
In this way Dvivida was knocked unconscious. Dispirited,
weakened, and his bones broken, he became Kamsa's servant.
tenaivatha gatah kamsa
tatra kesi maha-daityo
Then Kamsa went to Rishyamuka forest, where there was a great
demon named Kesi, who had the form of a horse whinnying like
mushtibhir ghatayitva tam
ittham kamso maha-viryo
mahendrakhyam girim yayau
Punching it again and again, Kamsa subdued the horse.
Mounting it, very powerful Kamsa rode to Mount Mahendra.
girim utpatya daitya-rat
punas tatra sthitam ramam
nanama sirasa munim
tad-anghryor nipapata ha
A hundred times the demon-king Kamsa uprooted the mountain,
held it high, and set it again in its place. When he saw Lord
Parasurama, who was as effulgent as the sun at the time of cosmic
dissolution, and whose eyes were now red with anger, Kamsa bowed
his head before the sage, circumambulated Him, and fell at His
tatah santo bhargavo 'pi
kamsam praha mahogra-drik
he kita karkati-dimbha
tuccho 'si mashako yatha
Pacified by this, Parasurama, his eyes very fierce, said to
Kamsa, "O worm! O baby crab! You are insignificant as a
adyaiva tvam hanmi dushta-
mat-samipe dhanur idam
Today I will kill you, who are a wicked kshatriya falsely
proud of his strength. This great bow by My side weighs a hundred
idam ca vishnuna dattam
sambhave traipure yudhi
sambhoh karad iha praptam
kshatriyanam vadhaya ca
This bow was given by Lord Vishnu in the battle for Tripura
City. To kill the kshatriyas I received it from Lord Siva's own hand.
yadi cedam tanoshi tvam
tada ca kusalam bhavet
ced asya karshanam na syad
ghatayishyami te balam
If you can draw this bow it will be good for you. If you
cannot draw it I will destroy your strength.
srutva vacas tada daityah
grihitva pasyatas tasya
sajjam kritvatha lilaya
Hearing these words, the demon Kamsa picked up the bow made
of seven palm trees. As Parasurama watched, Kamsa easily strung
sata-varam tatana ha
tankaro 'bhut tadit-svanah
A hundred times he drew the bowstring back to his ear and
released it with a thunderous sound.
nanada tena brahmandam
sapta-lokair bilaih saha
vicelur dig-gajas tara
That sound echoed in the universe of seven planetary systems
and outer space. It made the elephants that support the
directions tremble and it made the stars fall to the earth.
dhanuh samsthapya tat kamso
natva natvaha bhargavam
he deva kshatriyo nasmi
daityo 'ham te ca kinkarah
Putting the bow back in its place, and bowing again and
again to Lord Parasurama, Kamsa said, "O Lord, I am not a
kshatriya. I am a demon, and I am Your servant.
tava dasasya daso 'ham
pahi mam purushottama
srutva prasannah sri-ramas
tasmai pradad dhanus ca tat
"I am the servant of Your servant. O Supreme Person,
please protect me." Hearing this, Lord Parasurama was pleased
with him and gave him that bow.
yat ko-dandam vaishnavam tad
so 'pi tvam ghatayishyati
Sri Parasurama said: Whoever breaks this bow of Lord Vishnu
will kill you.
atha natva munim kamso
vicaran sa mahotkatah
na ke 'pi yuyudhus tena
rajanas ca balim daduh
Sri Narada said: Then Kamsa bowed down before the sage
Parasurama. As Kamsa thought of all this, he became filled with
pride. No king could fight with him. They only brought him gifts.
samudrasya tate kamso
daityam namna hy aghasuram
saprakaram ca phutkarair
lelihanam dadarsa ha
On the seashore Kamsa saw a a demon named Aghasura who,
licking its tongue and hissing, had a serpent's body.
agacchantam dasantam ca
grihitva tam nipatya sah
cakara sva-gale haram
nirbhayo daitya-rad bali
When the serpent approached and bit him, the fearless and
very powerful demon-king Kamsa jumped on it and became like a
necklace squeezing its neck.
pracyam tu vanga-deseshu
daityo 'rishto maha-vrishah
tena sardham sa yuyudhe
gajenapi gajo yatha
In the east a great bull-demon named Arishta fought with
Kamsa as one elephant fights with another elephant.
sringabhyam parvatam nitva
kamso girim sangrihitva
prakshipat tasya mastake
With its horns it uprooted a mountain and threw it at
Kamsa's head. Then Kamsa took a mountain and threw it at Arishta's
kamso vai daitya-pungavah
murchitam tam vinirjitya
tenodicim disam gatah
With a single punch the great demon Kamsa made Arishta fall
unconscious. After this victory Kamsa went to the north.
uvaca kamso yuddharthi
yuddham me dehi daitya-rat
There, eager to fight, Kamsa said to Narakasura, Pragjyotisha
City's very powerful king, who was a son of the earth-goddess,
"O king of the demons, please give me a fight.
aham daso bhaveyam vo
bhavanto jayino yadi
aham jayi ced bhavato
dasan sarvan karomy aham
"If you are victorious, I will become your servant.
If I am victorious I will make you my servant."
purvam pralambo yuyudhe
mrigendrena mrigendro va
First a very powerful demon named Pralambasura fought with Kamsa. They fought as one great lion fights with another great lion.
malla-yuddhe grihitva tam
kamso bhumau nipatya ca
punar grihitva cikshepa
Kamsa wrestled him to the ground and threw him into Pragjyotisha City.
agato dhenuko namna
kamsam jagraha roshatah
nodayam asa durena
balam kritvatha darunam
Then a demon named Dhenuka came and grabbed Kamsa. With fearsome strength Kamsa angrily threw him far away.
kamsas tam nodayam asa
nipatya curnayam asa
Kamsa threw Dhenuka eight hundred miles, jumped on him, and crushed him with many hard punches.
kamsam nitva nabho gatah
tatraiva yuyudhe daitya
urdhvam vai laksha-yojanam
On Narakasura's order a demon named Trinavarta pulled Kamsa into the sky and fought with him eight hundred thousand miles in outer space.
kamso 'nanta-balam kritva
daityam nitva tadambarat
bhumyam sampatayam asa
vamantam rudhiram mukhat
With limitless strength Kamsa dragged the demon from outer space to the earth and made him vomit blood from his mouth.
tundenatha grasantam ca
bakam daityam maha-balam
kamso nipatayam asa
When a powerful and demonic duck named Bakasura tried to swallow him
with its beak, Kamsa made it fall with a single punch hard as a
utthaya daityo balavan
tikshna-tundo 'grasac ca tam
Lifting itself up, the white-winged demon made a sound like
thunder and angrily swallowed Kamsa with its sharp beak.
nigirno 'pi sa vajrangas
tad-gale rodha-kric ca yah
sadyas caccharda tam kamsam
When he was swallowed, Kamsa became angry and his body
became like a thunderbolt. Its throat breaking, the great duck
Bakasura spat Kamsa out at once.
kamso bakam sangrihitva
karabhyam bhramayitva ca
yuddhe tam vicakarsha ha
Kamsa grabbed Bakasura and threw it to the ground. As they
fought, Kamsa grabbed it with both hands, whirled it around, and
dragged it here and there.
tam aha kamsah prahasan
vakyam me srinu putane
Then Bakasura's sister, who was named Putana, came and
wished to fight. Kamsa laughed and said to her, "Hear my
words, O Putana.
striya sardham aham yuddham
na karomi kadacana
bakasurah syan me bhrata
tvam ca me bhagini bhava
"I will never fight with a woman. Bakasura has
become my brother, so you should be my sister."
tato 'nanta-balam kamsam
vikshya bhaumo 'pi dharshitah
cakara sauhridam kamse
sahayyartham suran prati
Then, seeing that Kamsa had endless strength, Narakasura
accepted defeat. He made friendship with Kamsa and they formed an
alliance against the demigods.