During their 13-year exile in the wilderness, the Pandavas faced immense hardships, including battling hunger, thirst, and exposure to the elements. In the final year, they had to live in disguise, concealing their true identities to avoid detection by their enemies, the Kauravas. Accustomed to royal luxuries, they had to adapt to a life of simplicity, living in humble accommodations. Isolated from their allies, they struggled to gather support and information. Constantly fearing discovery, they had to be cautious and vigilant. Furthermore, the separation from Draupadi caused them immeasurable grief.
Despite these challenges, the Pandavas demonstrated unwavering virtue, upheld their dharma, sought knowledge, formed alliances, and prepared for their eventual return to reclaim their kingdom. Their resilience during this period attests to their determination and righteousness.
Pandava Bihari jiu:
Lord Baladev (at Kosi):
Lord Baladeva, also known as Balarama, is a prominent deity in Hinduism, particularly in the Vaishnava tradition. He is considered the elder brother of Lord Krishna and is revered for his numerous glories:
- Supreme Personality: Baladeva is an expansion of the Lord, and he represents the original spiritual strength and source of all other incarnations.
- Divine Birth: He was born to Devaki and Vasudeva, just like Lord Krishna, but was transferred to the womb of Rohini to protect him from the evil King Kamsa.
- Balarama’s Weapons: He wields a plow and a mace, symbolizing his strength and ability to clear obstacles and ignorance on the spiritual path.
- Sankirtana Movement: Balarama is considered the original spiritual guru and a key figure in the Sankirtana movement, which involves congregational chanting and singing of the holy names of the Lord.
- Spiritual Wisdom: Baladeva imparts spiritual knowledge, and his association and blessings are believed to remove the darkness of material existence.
- Divine Leelas: He played a central role in various divine pastimes with Lord Krishna, illustrating their deep brotherly love and affection.
- Protector of Devotees: Baladeva is considered the protector of devotees and the embodiment of strength, providing spiritual and physical support.
Karonabdi Sai Mahavishnu (at Kosi):