Shri Krishna as the life saviour of Arjun in the Kurukshetra

In the fight of Dharma, the Kurukshetra War stands as an outstanding example of courage, leadership and great challenges to won over. But the Pandavas who were fighting for the cause of Dharma won over each and every false deceit of the Kauravas was won by the Pandavas and this was because they had the support of the Almighty Shri Krishna. Shri Krishna was not only the charioteer of Arjun, but a caretaker of him in the battle field saving him from the many perils and evil schemes of the enemy and bestowing success to him.


When Arjun’s dear son Abhimanyu passed away in the Padmavyuh battle strategy of Bhishm Pitamaha, Arjun is in deep remorse. He enquires as to why the other Pandavas were unable to go to the aide of Abhimanyu. Yudhisthir replies that they were stopped by Jayadrath, (Dussala’s husband). It was a boon acquired by Jayadrath from Bhagwan Shiv that except for Arjun, he could stop and defeat the rest of the Pandavas in battle for once. With this boon, Jayadrath had stopped the Pandavas in going to the rescue of Abhimanyu, leading to his death.

Arjun becomes enraged listening to this and vows that he would kill Jayadrath by the next day sunset or end his life. The Kauravas are happy that if they succeed in protecting Jayadrath, then the Pandavas would be defeated as without Arjun, victory was impossible for the Pandavas. The next day, they take huge measures and cautions and place Jayadrath in the centre of the huge battlefield ready to stop Arjun from reaching him. But, they totally forget that Arjun had the greatest support and blessings of Shri Krishna.

Understanding the importance and determination of Arjun’s vow, Shri Krishna leads the chariot from all obstacles and hurdles put by the Kauravas and both finally reach Jayadrath just before sunset. The Kaurav camp was jubilant that Arjun‘s vow will not be fulfilled. While Arjun is dejected, Shri Krishna smiles and says that the game was not over yet.

Shri Krishna with his Sudarshan Chakra creates an illusion which makes all battlefield dark. Thinking that the Sun has set, Jayadrath feels that he is saved. In these celebrations of the enemy camp, Shri Krishna calls off his Sudarshan and suddenly there is daylight again. While the Kauravas wonder as to what was happening, Arjun aims his powerful Brahmastr at Jayadrath to kill him. Before Arjun releases the arrow, Shri Krishna says to Arjun to direct it along with Jayadrath’s head to the lap of Jaydrath’s father who was meditating in the forest. Arjun wonders why, but does as Shri Krishna says. Arjun cuts of the head of Jayadrath and fulfils his vow and the force of the arrow takes the head and drops it in the lap of Jayadrath’s father. The father suddenly gets up disturbed and as soon as the head of Jayadrath falls down, his father along with Jaydrath is burnt to ashes.

Arjun is surprised at this, for which Shri Krishna says that Jayadrath’s father had the boon that whoever would make his son’s head fall on the ground would perish. As Arjun would perish lest his arrow put Jayadrath’s head on the ground, Shri Krishna directed it on the father itself. It was once again because of Shri Krishna that Arjun could not only fulfil his vow, but also his life. Shri Krishna once again proved to be the strength, savior and the very reason of success of the Pandavas.