In the preceding post “Was Lord Krishna the hero or the villain of the Mahabharat? – Part 1”, I briefed how Karna, who is often disregarded for his bad company was cheated by Lord Krishna. Here, in this article the focus remains on how Krishna used Bhakti Dharma (Divine Morality) to manipulate the Kurukshetra and compelled the Pandavas to disobey the Kshatriya Dharma (warrior morality).
Duryodhana has always been portrayed as an antagonist, even though he always conformed well to the image of a “good kshatriya” and followed the Kshatriya Dharma in the battlefield unlike the Pandavas who violated the rules of combat under the behest of Krishna. Let us discuss, the instances that sketch the other side of Lord Krishna in Mahabharat:
The Ill-Fateful Death of Bhisma and Drona
The death of Bhisma in the war through the arrows of Arjun was purely the tricks of Krishna. He tactfully manipulated Bhisma to weaken one of the vital powers of Duryodhana. Not only this, the Pandavas at the behest of Krishna then played another nasty trick, this time on Drona. Bhima announced that Ashwatthama was killed in the war, Drona was dejected. When Drona asked Yudhistir, whether Aswattama died in the war, he said yes but had no courtesy to mention Drona that it was an elephant and not his son; yet another hoax to weaken the Kauravas.
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It is said that Duryodhana who never shed even a single tear for his own brothers was highly dejected and inconsolable when his friend Karna was killed in the battlefield. Seeing her son losing confidence and strength, Gandhari had decided to uncover her eyes and bestow Duryodhana with extreme strength. She then asked Duryodhana to come naked so that she could see him at once and the rays reaching from her eyes could transform every part of Duryodhana’s body into Vajra (Diamond). But, Krishna who was well-aware of this blessing tried to manipulate Duryodhana and compelled him to cover his thigh and groin area. So, when Gandhari opened her eyes, every part of Duryodhana’s body became vajra except the thigh area. Krishna hence purposely and wrongly played a trick on Duryodhana, which of course wasn’t expected by a person of his stature.
The Gada Yudh – The Mace Fight
When Yudhisthira offered Duryodhana to pick any of the Pandavas for the last fight, he chose Bhima, his arch rival in the mace fight. Throughout the fight, Duryodhana continued to exhaust Bhima. When Krishna sensed defeat, he signaled Bhima to hit him on his weak area, the thighs and the groin area. Now hitting someone below the waist is not only against the rule of mace fighting but also unethical when it comes to Kshatriya dharma; still Krishna utilized it and won the war through wrong means. Lord Krishna, in the name of Bhakti Dharma, made the Pandavas violate all the rules of a Kshatriya Dharma. On the other hand, no matter how shrewd Duryodhana was, he always followed ethics on the battleground and also adhered strictly to the Kshatriya Dharma, proving to be a true warrior.
Lord Krishna: The Epic and the Serial
The role of the cunning Krishna was very well performed by Nitish Bharadwaj in the 80’s Mahabharat produced by B.R. Chopra. His narration was brilliant and so were his approach, narration and style. After watching the serial, it appeared as if we are witnessing Lord Krishna in front of us.
However, the Krishna from the current Mahabharat Series of Star Plus has no stand in front of Mr. Bharadwaj’s; forget about being close to the Lord himself. Suraabh Raj Jain might look convincing as Lord Vishnu in Devo Ka Dev Mahadev but when it comes at playing Lord Krishna especially now that Nitish Bharadwaj’s face is synonymous to Lord Krishna’s voice and face, he turns to be an epic fail. Neither does he have a knack of the Sanskrit terms and wordings nor does he have an appeal to please the masses by the Krishna charm. If the series continues and Suraab doesn’t improve, chances are we might indeed conclude that Krishna was the real culprit behind the Kurukshetra.
By Deepti Verma