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JARASANDHA

A Prince of two halves .. Literally.

Jarasandha's father, Brihadratha, was the king of Magadha. He was also a jaffa and his lack of seeds drove him into the forest where he served a Rishi called Chandakaushika.

The Rishi took pity on the depressed king and gave him a piece of magical fertile fruit. I wonder if it was passion fruit?

''Ere, give this to the missus. Think of it as divine artificial insemination.'

Unfortunately, Brihadratha was married to twins so he gave them half of the fruit each. Imagine his horror when they bore half a child each! Appalled he threw the lifeless halves out of the city where they were picked up and stuck together by a witch called Jara at which point a bouncing baby boy sprang forth. Jara was renowned as a bit of a man eater, in a literal sense, but couldn't bring herself to scoff a child so she returned it to the King who named the boy Jarasandha in the witches honor.

After a bright start Jarasandha turned into a bit of an ass-hole, funnily enough just after his son-in-law Kamsa was killed. Seeing his daughters so miserable pushed him over the edge and he started a hate campaign against Krishna, with a particular obsession of destroying his birth place of Mathura.

After eighteen attempts, Krishna, Bhima and Arjuna got a little bit p'd off and travelled to the city disguised as brahmins to challenge Jarasandha to pick one of them to fight. He picked Bhima which was rather unfortunate, he was a big strapping lad and also had a mean streak a mile wide. Having defeated the king he tore him in half vertically and so he left the world in the same state as he had arrived .. in two pieces.
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'JARASANDHA' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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