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Vanquishing the pride of Banasura

(Ref: Shiva Purana - Rudra Samhita - Yuddha Khanda - 51 to 56)

Lord Shiva BanasuraLord Shiva vanquishes the pride of Banasura: Banasura, the son of Bali and grandson of Prahlada propitiated Lord Shiva with his Tandava dance. Lord Shiva conferred thousand arms and great strength to him as boon. He also abided in his capital Sonitpura with the Shivaganas.

Once Banasura out of pride told Lord Shiva that his thousand arms are a burden to him because no one is comparable to him in strength except Lord Shiva. Without war the thousand arms are of no use. Lord Shiva become displeased and pronounced that his thousand arms will fall in a war like the trunks of banana trees and his pride will be destroyed.

Meanwhile Usha, the daughter of Banasura became attracted towards Aniruddha, the grandson of Sri Krishna. Chitralekha the maid of Usha brought Aniruddha from Dwaraka to Sonitpura through her yogic power. Banasura detected this and a great fight ensued between him and Aniruddha. Banasura finally captured Aniruddha with Nagapasha and imprisoned him.

Sri Krishna came from Dwaraka to fight with Bansura and free Aniruddha. Lord Shiva told Sri Krishna to shoot Jambhastra and benumb him, else he will be duty-bound to fight for Banasura. Sri Krishna did so. Thereafter, a great fight started between Sri Krishna and Banasura. In that fight Sri Krishna cut off the thousand arms of Banasura (except two). As pronounced by Lord Shiva, the pride of Banasura was destroyed. When Sri Krishna tried to slay Banasura with his Sudarshan Chakra, Lord Shiva intervened and saved his life.

His pride being shattered, Banasura was now repentant. Eulogizing Lord Shiva, Banasura performed Tandava dance to propitiate him. Lord Shiva became pleased and made him one of the ganas.

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