Sisupala, aka: Shishupala, Śiśupāla, Shishupāla; 4 Definition(s)
Shishupala was the King of Chedi Kingdom. He was born with three eyes and four hands. As soon as he was born, he screamed and brayed like an ass. His parents and relatives were struck with fear on account of these ill omens. An incorporeal voice from the heavens said, "This boy will be a great warrior. If you place this child in the lap of his slayer, its excess arms and eye will fall off!".
Sisupala was born in the line of the king of Chedi with three eyes and four hands. Just when their parents wanted to abonden them a voice said:
"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. "
(Mahabharata, 2nd book, section xlii)
He was also called 'Sunitha' (Mahabharata, 2nd book, section xxxviii).
He was noted as a "Principal Kshatriya" (Mahabharata, 2nd book, section iv)
According to the Mahabharata, 2nd book, section xxxiii:
"(and) ...king Sisupala endued with great energy and invincible in battle... (all) ...came to the sacrifice of the son of Pandu"
And (Mahabharata, 2nd book, xxxix)
"Vishnu hath been desirous of taking back unto himself the energy that existeth in this Sisupala"
Shishupala was son of Damaghosha, king of Chedi, by Srutadeva, sister of Vasudeva. Therefore he was not only cousin of Krishna, but also Krishna's implacable foe, because Krishna had carried off Rukmini, his intended wife. He was slain by Krishna at the great sacrifice of Yudhishthira in punishment of opprobrious abuse.
The Mahabharata states that Sisupala was born with three eyes and four arms. His parents were inclined to cast him out, but were warned by a voice not to do so, as his time was not come. It also foretold that his superfluous members should disappear when a certain person took the child into his lap, and that he would eventually die by the hands of that same person. Krishna placed the child on his knees and the extra eye and arms disappeared indicating Shishupala's death was destined at the hands of Krishna.
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