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Balarama (बलराम), also known as Baladeva, Balabhadra and Halayudha, is the elder brother of Lord Krishna in Dwaper Yug.

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What is the symbolic meaning of the multiple serpent heads of Sheshanaga? [duplicate]

Vishnu rests on the body of Sheshanaga and Sheshanaga like Paramahansa rests on the ocean of bliss known as Prakriti. His being is depicted as having 5 or 7 or 1000 serpents. What is the symbolic ...
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What is the story of Vishwakarma creating the Saunanda mace used by Balrama?

The Markandeya Puran Section 1.11.5 mentions the following story: There lives a highly powerful and fierce Danava in Rasatala. He makes the earth yawn and therefore he is called Kujrimbha. Whatever ...
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Why did Lord Balarama not took a participation at any side of in the Kurukshetra Battle in Mahabharata?

Lord Krishna fought on the behalf of Pandavas and his army fought on behalf of Kauravas. But why Lord Balarama did not fight on behalf of any side?
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In which scripture does Hanuman fight with Balarama?

I remember watching on TV Hanuman eating some fruits from an orchard and Balarama challenges him not knowing that he was Hanuman.
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Why do some temples show Balarama as 8th avatar of vishnu

While visiting Kanchipuram temple in Tamil Nadu, I noticed that they displayed Balrama as 8th avatar of Vishnu, Krishna as 9th and skipped Buddha. Balrama is actually an avatar of Sheshnaga with a ...
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Is Balrama (Baldeva) mentioned somewhere as VAsudeva (Vaasudeva)?

I am referring VAsudeva (Vaasudeva) as son of Vasudev and not the ancient name of Lord Vishnu. Like Vaivasvata means son of Vivasvat (Surya). And not only 7th Manu (i.e Manuvaivasvata who is also ...
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When did Mainda and Dvivida drink Amrita with the permission of Brahma?

Mainda and Dvivida are the valiant lieutenants in the army of Vānara. They are the sons of Ashwini Kumaras. Hanuman describes the plight of Lanka to his fellow vānaras and praises every Vānara ...
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Worship of combined deities of “Krishna, Balarama, and Subhadra” as in Jagannath Puri?

Where else other than Jagannath Puri, is the worship of combined deities of "Krishna, Balarama, and Subhadra" done? i.e., any other temples such as the Puri Jagannath temple? From the official ...
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Did Balram really call Krishna “Munna”?

I had read around 3 years ago somewhere (can't find that website now) that while Krishna called Balram "Dau" (Brother), Balram affectionately refered to Krishna as "Munna" (Little Boy). Can anyone ...
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Does Balarama ever regret killing Romaharshana?

From SB 10.78: When Lord Baladeva heard that the Pāṇḍavas and Kauravas were about to go to war, in order to remain neutral He left Dvārakā on the pretext of going on pilgrimage. The Lord bathed ...
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How is Rukmi's killing by Balarama justified?

The slaying of Rukmi by Lord Balarama is described in Srimad Bhagavatam, Harivamsa and Vishnu Purana. This page gives a comparative study of all three texts as to how they differ in the details of ...
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What happened to Vasudeva's (and his brothers') horde of children?

The 24th Chapter of the 9th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, as well as the 35th Chapter of the Harivamsa Parva of the Harivamsa, speak about the Yadava dynasty till Krsna. So in these two chapters, the ...
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Where does Adisesha live? In Patala loka or in Vaikuntha or underneath the earth holding it?

In Ramayana, Lakshmana went to the Sarayu river, ended life by engaging in meditation and stopping his breathing. It is said his soul went to Patala Loka. Similar to this, white snake like creature ...
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What is the purpose of Balarama's avatara?

Lord Vishnu, through his avatars, teaches us how to live. I was wondering what is the purpose of Krishna's elder brother Balarama. Also, it seems very odd from the other avatars of Vishnu, because ...
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Difference in height of people in different yugas

I saw a story in Ramanand Sagar's TV serial 'Krishna' (and this story should be from Shreemad Bhagavatam) which goes as follows. When King Kakudmi and his daughter Revati came back from Bramhalok, to ...
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Is Balarama an Avatar of Vishnu or Adiseshan (or both)?

Balarama is traditionally considered to be an avatar of Lord Vishnu by those who do not consider Buddha to be one. However, I have also frequently heard that He is an avatar of Adiseshan, the multi-...
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Is Lord Nityananda the incarnation of Sri Balarama?

Is Lord Nityananda the incarnation of Sri Balarama?
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Who gave weapons to Shri Krishna and Balarama and how?

If I remember, Shri Krishna and Balarama didn't have the weapons Sudarshana chakra and Hala respectively with them when they were fighting with Kamsa. So I am assuming they got these weapons later. ...
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Why did Balarama favor Duryodhana?

In the Mahabharata, Duryodhana has been depicted with a wide range of characteristics - in some versions as the pure embodiment of evil and in others as a highly virtuous person fighting for his ...