It is said that Jarasandha captured 86 kings with his might. He imprisoned the captive kings in the hill fort. It is also said that Jarasandha wanted to capture 100 kings and sacrifice them on a particular day so that he could become the Chakravarti emperor. There are many reasons why Jarasandha is discussed a lot in the Puranas.
Magath Emperor Jarasandh:
Jarasandha was the emperor of Magath, the most powerful kingdom of the Mahabharata period. He was the son of a king name Brihadratha. Jarasandha had the largest army. He was extremely cruel and cruel. According to Harivanshpuran, he defeated the kings of Kashi, Kosala, Chedi, Malwa, Videha, Anga, Vanga, Kalinga, Panday, Soubir, Madra, Kashmir, and Gandhara and made them all under his control.
friend of Jarasandh
Kalyan: Kalayavan was a friend of Jarasandh When Jarasandha attack Mathura with Kalayavan, it was decided by Shrikrishna that the army would not fight among themselves. We both will fight and decide. Kalyan agreed to this condition because he knew that I am immortal because of Shiva’s boon. When he grabbed to kill Shri Krishna, Shri Krishna left the ground and ran away. Kalyan also ran after him and eventually, Krishna went into a cave.
Jarasandha also entered the cave, but when he saw a person sleeping there, he understood that it is Sri Krishna who is sleeping with an excuse. Then he tried to kick the sleeping person. The person who was the one who had got the boon of gold by the end of the Kali Yuga, and in the meantime, whoever raised him, would be killed in the fire of his anger. When Kalukund opened his eyes, Kalayavan was standing in front. Mukund was consumed when he looked towards him.
Birth of Jarasandha:
Emperor Brihadratha of Magadha had two wives. When there were no children from both, then one day he went to Mahatma Chandkaushik and told him his problem. Mahatma Chandkaushik gave him a fruit and said that if he feeds this fruit to his wife, it will yield children.
The king cut that fruit and fed it to his two wives. While taking the fruit, the king did not ask whether I could feed it to both my wives? Both wives became pregnant by eating the fruit. But when the baby came out of the womb, it was half-half, that is, half from the womb of the first queen and half from the womb of the second queen. Both queens panicked and threw both of the baby’s surviving pieces out.
At the same time, a demon passed by there.
When he saw the two pieces of the living baby, he combined the two pieces from his illusion and the baby became one. As soon as they were dead, the baby starts crying in broad daylight. Hearing the cry of her, both the queens came out and were surprised to see that child and demon. One took her in his lap. Then King Brihadratha also came there and asked him to introduce him to the demon standing there. The demon told the king the whole story. The name of that demon was Zara. The king was very happy and named the boy Jarasandha because he was raised by a demon named Jara.
The specialty of Jarasandha was that he did not die in war. He was often fond of fighting the Malla war or the Duel war and his kingdom had many akharas. He was also a staunch enemy of Shri Krishna. Sri Krishna planned to kill Jarasandha. As per the plan, Lord Krishna, Bhima, and Arjuna reached Jarasandha under the guise of Brahmin and challenged him to wrestle. But Jarasandha understands that they are not Brahmins. Then Sri Krishna gave his real introduction. After some thinking, in the end, Jarasandha decided to wrestle Bhima.
The battle of King Jarasandha and Bhima in the arena continued for 13 days from Kartik Krishna Pratipada. These days, Bhima uprooted Jarasandha from the thigh and broke it into two pieces several times, but those pieces would be revived each time and Jarasandha starts fighting again. Bhima was almost tired.
On the 14th day, Shri Krishna broke a straw in the middle and threw both its parts in the opposite direction. Bhima understood this gesture of Shri Krishna and did it there. He split Jarasandha and threw one tear of it towards the second tear and the other tear in the direction of the first tear. In this way, Jarasandha came to an end, because the two pieces did not join due to being thrown in the opposite direction.
After the slaughter of Jarasandha, Shri Krishna freed all the kings from his captivity and say that King Yudhishthira Chakravarti wants to perform Rajasuya Yajna to get the post and you people help him. The kings agreed to Shri Krishna and all accepted Yudhishthira as their king. In the end, Sahadeva, the son of Jarasandha, was grant the title of King of Magadha.
The arena of Jansandh, the father-in-law of Kansa, is located in the Rajgriha of Bihar. Jarasandha was very powerful. It is believed that Bhima killed him at this place at the behest of Lord Shri Krishna. Rajgriha is called ‘Rajgir’. According to Ramayana, the fourth son of Brahma, Vasu, established this city by the name ‘Girivraj’. Later, before the war of Kurukshetra, Vrhadrath occupied it. Brihadratha was famous for his bravery.
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Cave of Jarasandha: The treasure of Jarasandha is still buried in the Son Bhandar Cave. There are 2 chambers in this cave. Both these chambers are enclosed by a rock of stone. Room No. 1 It is believed that it was the room of the security personnel, while the second room is believed to contain the treasure of Emperor Bimbisara. It is said that Bimbisara’s treasure is still locked in this room.
According to legends, the extraordinary design of the caves protects the treasure of millions of tons of gold. The way to the hidden treasures in these caves goes through the back of a large ancient stone. Some believe that the path to reach the treasures goes through the Vaibharagiri mountain sea to the Saptaparni caves, which reach the other side of the Son Bhandar cave.