Hindu - Son of Vasudeva and Devaki. Half brother of Krishna. Consort of Revati. Father of Nisatha and Ulmuka. Father of Shanu, some say. Baladewa, son of Vasudeva and Devaki, half brother of Krishna, >consort of Revati, father of Nisatha and Ulmuka, father of Shanu, some say he was said to have been born from a white hair of Vishnu, and his half brother Krishna from a black hair placed in the womb of Devaki and later transferred to the womb of Rohini. As a young man he killed many giants and monsters, including the demon Dhenuka and the huge ape Dvivida. In the war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, Balarama demanded that Duryodhana release Samba, whom he had imprisoned, and backed his demand by demolishing the city walls with his mighty plough. He helped Krishna in his fight with Kansa, using his favourite weapon, a ploughshare. Those who hold that Krishna was a god in his own right rather than an avatar of Vishnu say that Balarama was the seventh or eighth incarnation. Others say he was an incarnation of Ananta, the world-serpent, and that he was killed in a drunken brawl. Some say that he was not drunk but full of water that flowed out of his body, leaving just the skin. Some say that Ananta appeared from his mouth and flew away. In some accounts he is an incarnation of Vishnu. His symbols are a club called Saunanda, the pestle Musala and his plough Hala, the ploughshare of which he used as a weapon. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Balarama, Bala-Ram, Bala-Ram, Bala-Rama, Bala-Rama, Balahadra, Balahadra, Langali, Langali, Halayudha, Halayudha, Madhupriya, Madhupriya, Jain Baladeva, Jain Baladeva, Tamil Samkarsana, Tamil Samkarsana, Silappadikaram, Silappadikaram, Pacific or Pacific.

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