Was there any reason behind Shri Krishna being quiet until Sisupala made a hundred mistakes? Why did Shri Krishna let him make a hundred mistakes?

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    Perhaps because forgiveness is divine? :)
    – Tomas
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 13:27
  • krishna has loved shishubalan's wife. and he forced to forget his wife as return krishna gave him the boom
    – user4708
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 8:57

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The story is told in the Sabha Parva (Book Two) of the Mahabharata. When Shishupala was born, he had three eyes and four arms, which terrified his parents, the king and queen of Chedi. Then an invisible voice sounded from the heavens and said this:

This thy son, O king, that hath been born will become both fortunate and superior in strength. Therefore thou hast no fear from him. Indeed cherish the child without anxiety. He will not die (in childhood). His time is not yet come. He that will slay him with weapons hath also been born.

His parents were worried and asked the voice 'who would be the one that would kill Shishupala?', and it answered:

He upon whose lap this child being placed the superfluous arms of his will fall down upon the ground like a pair of five-headed snakes, and at the sight of whom his third eye on the forehead will disappear, will be his slayer[.]

So his parents called all the kings of the world to Chedi and put the child on each of their their laps to see which one would be the slayer. Finally Krishna and Balarama (who were still children at the time) came, as they were nephews of the queen of Chedi. (The queen of Chedi was the sister of Krishna's father Vasudeva). As soon as Krishna put Shishupala in his lap, Shishupala's extra arms fell off and his third eye disappeared. So the queen of Chedi realized that Krishna was the one prophesied to kill Shishupala, and she asked him "O thou of great strength, thou wilt have to pardon the offences of Sisupala for my sake. O tiger of the Yadu race. Know O lord, even this is the boon that I ask." And Krishna responded "O aunt, even when he will deserve to be slain, I will pardon an hundred offences of his. Grieve thou not."

But when he grew up Shishupala found a way to commit a hundred offenses, making his last offenses at Yudishtra's Rajasuya Yagna, and in the middle of the Yagna, in front of all the kings present, Krishna killed Shishupala with the Sudarshana Chakra, saying this:

Listen ye lords of earth, why this one had hitherto been pardoned by me. As asked by his mother, a hundred offences (of his) were to be pardoned by me. Even this was the boon she had asked, and even this I granted her. That number, ye kings, hath become full. I shall now slay him in your presence, ye monarchs.


Yes, it was because Krishna had given word to Sishupala's mother to forgive his hundred mistakes:

अपराधशतं कषाम्यं मया हय अस्य पितृष्वसः
पुत्रस्य ते वधार्हाणां मा तवं शॊके मनः कृथाः [MB - 2.40.22]

Do not grief, O aunt, I'll forgive his hundred offences even if he deserved to be killed.

Hence, in the yajna of king Yudhisthira, Krishna kept silent until his hundred offences were over and then only killed him.

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