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Balarama
Balarama is the brother of Srikrishna who was miraculously transferred from the womb of Devaki to the womb of Rohini.
 
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 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna is the fountainhead of all creations. Lord Balarama is believed to be His second body. They both differ in form, as the bodily hue of Krishna is dark while that of Balarama is fair but they have the same identity. In Hinduism and especially in Vaishnava traditions he is acknowledged as the manifestations of Shesha, the divine serpent on whom Vishnu rests. He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master.On the purnima or full moon day of the month of Sridhara month Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Krishna appeared. This day is celebrated in Vrindavana and Mathura region. Particularly at the Dauji Temple, where Balarama resides with His consort Revati. Five thousand years ago when Krishna descended into the material world Lord Balaram who is also known as Baladeva preceded him. When Baladeva appeared as the seventh child in the womb of Devaki she could sense something divine and she was concerned about His safety .At this time Krishna instructed Yogmaya to transfer the unborn child from the womb of Devaki to that of Rohini, one of the other wives of Vasudeva, who was hiding from Kamsa in the house of Nanda Maharaja in Gokul. In this way Balaram was born in Gokul under the protection Balarama With Lord Krishnaof Nanda Maharaja. Initially he was called Rama, but because of His great strength he was called Balarama .As the son of Rohini He was known as Rohini -nandan and as the elder brother of Krishna He is also called Douji.Lord Balaram has a fair complexion, the colour of crystal.He wears blue garments . His handsome hair is tied in a graceful topknot. Splendid earrings adorn His ears and His neck is magnificently decorated with garlands of flowers and jewels. Marvelous armlets and bracelets ornament Douji`s graceful and strong arms and His feet are decorated with splendid jeweled anklets. His face is decorated with tilaka made from musk and His broad chest is ornamented with a garland of gunja. Balaram`s voice is very grave and His arms are very long `touching His thighs His weapons are the plough and the mace. Balarama is married to Revati the daughter of King Raivata . Balarama is Sri Krishna`s dearest friend and never leaves Krishna alone in the forest and assists him in His transcendental pastime. In Mahabharata Balaram was equally affectionate to both the Pandavas and the Kauravas He accepted both Duryodhana and Bhima as His disciples in the art of mace-war. As a teacher He appreciated the superior technique of Duryodhana as opposed to the raw strength of Bhima.

Lord Balarama exemplifies the service attitude to Krishna .His only mission is to please Krishna by rendering services to Him whether in the creation of the material world or maintaining the spiritual world. Lord Balaram is the eternal companion of Sri Krishna and later came in the form of Lakshmana with Rama. Disguised as Nityananda Prabhu Balaram spreads the `Sankirtan movement`of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He is the original spiritual master, and any one desiring to make spiritual progress must first get the mercy of Lord Balarama.

(Last Updated on : 18/03/2010)
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