Samba is the eldest son of the ten sons of Lord Krishna
by his wife Jambavati. Samba is well known for his great strength.
At the Swayamvara of the daughter of Duryodhana
, the princess was carried off by Samba. Duryodhana, Kama, Bhishma, Drona, and other celebrated chiefs, incensed at his audacity, pursued him and took him as the prisoner. When the Yadavas heard of the occurrence, they declared war against Duryodhana. But Balarama
, uncle of Samba undertook alone to procure the liberation of Samba. Balarama succeeded by threatening to throw the city of Hastinapur into the River.
Later Samba for misleading and ridiculing the Rishis was cursed to bring forth an iron pestle, which was broken and thrown into the sea. A spike of the iron pestle, that could not be broken, was swallowed by a fish. The fish was caught, and the spike was extracted by a hunter named Jara, who tipped his arrow with the spike.
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