Krishna's concern for the Devotees

 
Contributed by : Pallavi Hota   
Krishna's concern for the Devotees

This is a story of Draupadi and Krishna.

Mahabharata is an ancient Indian epic about the brothers, Pandavas and kauravas. It describes the battle between them in the Kurukshetra war for the throne of Hastinapura. It is an epic tale that combines war, religion, philosophy and Hindu history. Following is a story from ìThe Mahabharata.

On the ninth day of Mahabharata war, Duryodhana approached Bhishma in his camp. He was suspicious of the grandsire's dedication to the fight. Duryodana felt that Bhishma was not doing his best , as he was carried away by his affection for the Pandavas. Duryodhana felt anxious about the result if Bhishma continued to fight half-heartedly. So Duryodhana wanted to rouse Bhishma to his full fury, even if it meant hurting the old man.

Approaching Bhishma, Duryodhana remarked that Bhishma was waging a half-hearted fight. Stung by these remarks, Bhishma gave his word that he would rout the Pandava army and kill all the Pandavas. When Draupadi heard this, she was afraid. She prayed to her Lord Krishna. As soon as she thought of Krishna, he appeared before her. Krishna asked her to follow him. He took her through the battlefield. The battlefield was an awful sight with bodies scattered everywhere. They finally reached a tent.

Suddenly, Krishna told Draupadi, ìSister, please remove your sandals. They are making a lot of noise.î Draupadi removed her sandals. Just at the entrance to the tent, Krishna whispered to Draupadi, ìPlease go in and fall at the feet of the old man whom you can hear pacing up and down inside.

She did so accordingly. Bhishma was surprised to see a lady fall at his feet and he blessed her, ìMay you live long with your husband. Who are you? What can I do for you? Why are you here at this hour?î

Draupadi got up asking Bhishma to promise protection to her husbands. When she got up, Bhishma recognized her. He was stunned, ìDraupadi, Is it you? How did you come here?î Draupadi replied, ìKrishna brought me here. I came here to seek your blessings.î Bhishma recognized Krishna at the door. ìKrishna, please come in. What is it that is hanging on your shoulders? It looks like sandals.î Krishna replied quietly, ìOh yes, they are Panchali's footwear. They were making a lot of noise. So I took them with me.î

Draupadi was mortified to see this. She said, ìOh Lord! Great calamity will fall on me by this act of yours.î Krishna replied, ìWhat is wrong with a brother carrying his sister's sandals? By the way, did you take his blessings?î

Bhishma replied, ìShe did not ask for it. I gave it on my own. Krishna, why do you worry about your devotees? You do not even mind carrying their footwear. Who can equal you in protecting the devotees? When you are with the Pandavas, what do they have to fear?î

Draupadi replied, ìGrandpa, we were terrified to hear your promise to Duryodhana.î Bhishma said, ìWhat can the oath of this insignificant person do before Krishna, the God incarnate. He is on your side. No harm can befall you.î Thus succeeding in their mission, Krishna and Draupadi took leave of Bhishma.




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