Bagavatha Purana - Part VIII
Avatar Krishna blesses!
The story of King Parikshit!
The Bhagawata actually narrates the episodes pertaining to King Parikshit who is the grandson of Arjuna and son of the valiant hero Abhimanyu. After the great Mahabarath war, only the five Pandava brothers remained. The sons of Pandavas were killed by Aswattama, the son of Dronacharya since he had vowed to revenge the Pandavas for the death of his father in the battle. Hence he entered in the tent of Pandavas where the sons (Upa pandavas) were sleeping. In the stealth of night, he massacred the children mercilessly. Even then he was not content. His aim was to destroy the womb of Uthara, the wife of Abhimanyu. The baby who is yet to born was saved by Lord Krishna from the missile sent by Aswattama. It was broken to pieces by the wheel of the Lord. The baby could see the entire episode. Somehow it retained in the memory, the Divine form of Krishna.
When it took birth, the baby was actually searching for the face of Krishna. Hence the baby examined each face very intently to find a resemblance of the Lord, who rescued him from the missile. On the day of “name giving ceremony”, it was brought and laid in the central hall over flowers. The baby on its own started moving towards the Lord, who is seated there in the Hall. Krishna too was astonished at the baby’s pranks. It came to him, touched his feet and endeared him to lift him by signs. The Lord mercifully lifted the child and placed it on his lap. It was looking at the very face of Krishna and it knew now, that He has saved him from the missile inside the womb! But Krishna wanted to test the child whether it was really curious to find him. Hence, he hid himself behind the pillars, and detracted the baby with toys. But the baby never touched those things. It sought again and again only Krishna.
Krishna conceded that the baby has a curiosity towards him. Hence he said that the name “Parikshit” would be apt. The preceptor was summoned and He meditated for a while and could get the reasons behind the baby’s queer behavior. He found that the Lord’s wheel has saved the baby when it was assaulted by the missile by Aswattama.
Everybody rejoiced at the choice of name “Parikshit” since the baby was examining each face for a resemblance of the splendorous Lord. He was the only child in the entire Pandava clan. After the child grew a little, many things happened in Dwaraka in the abode of Lord Krishna. Due to some curse, the Yadavas fought within themselves and all perished in the barbaric act. Krishna knew the fate that would engulf the Yadavas. Hence he left the place earlier and sent a message to Arjuna that in seven days’ time, the entire Yadava community would perish. Protect the old people, women and children and take them to Hasthinapura! The message was handwritten by the Lord and delivered to Arjuna.The hero of Pandava clan Arjuna tried to save the people who were alive. Alas! He could not save them. A barbarian group invaded them and took those women and seized the jewels etc. What happened in the middle was Krishna left his body in a jungle and left for His Abode, the Vaikunta since his task in the earth was over. Arjuna derived all his power only from Krishna. When Krishna left the earth, all the powers of Arjuna too left him. Rest in next part.