The Story Of A Man Who Could Have Finished The Mahabharata In One Minute! – Part 2
So, Barbarika aka Barbarik aka Khatushyam Ji, the son of Ghatotkacha and grandson of Bheema had some extreme good powers. Well, here we are today with the climax of his story.
Missed the first one, you can read it here:
Now, Lord Krishna couldn’t really believe his ears when Barbarika told that he could finish the Mahabharata in one minute.
When Barbarika told him about his three arrows, Krishna challenged him for the same. Krishna asked him to tie all leaves of the Pipal tree under which he was standing using his arrows.
Barbarika accepting the challenge closed his eyes and started meditating to release his arrow. When Barbarika closed his eyes, Krishna quietly plucked a leaf from the tree and hides it under his foot.
Later, as Barbarika released his arrow it marked all the leaves on the tree and started hovering near Krishna’s foot. Barbarika advised Krishna to lift his foot up as there might be a leaf under his foot which arrow was targeting and if the same was not done, the arrow would mark the leaf by piercing his foot. As soon as Krishna removed his foot the arrow marked the leaf. And then, by using the third arrow he tied all the leaves.
Krishna concluded that the arrows he has are way too powerful. In short, if Barbarika was to play from the losing side he could easily mark his targets and no matter where they are, the arrows could destroy them, thus, nobody could escape the arrows.
Barbarika intended to battle from Pandavas side as he thought that they were weaker than the Kauravas and of course also because it was his family. But then Krishna told Barbarika’s mother (Maurvi) about the consequences, he told that whichever side Barbarika would be supporting, he would end up making the other side weaker due to his power.
So Krishna avoided his participation in the battle and asked his head in charity. Barbarika agreed for the charity but then he told Lord Krishna that he wished to watch the Mahabharata battle, Krishna granted his wish and placed his head on the top of the mountain so that he could witness the war.
Well, another side of the story says that the arrow did pierce Krishna’s foot and marked the leaf, which eventually became a weak spot of Krishna.
Don’t really know what’s the appropriate one, but Barbarika got to witness the battle!