latter sort was a fight to the death with weighted gauntlets or a wrestling to the death
in catch-as-catch-can style. This was the kshatriya tradition to which Krishna and the
Pandavas had recourse for slaying Jarasandha.
They disguised themselves as men who had taken
religious vows, clad in robes of bark-fibre and carrying the holy darbha grass in their
hands. Thus they entered the kingdom of Magadha and arrived at the capital of Jarasandha.
Jarasandha was disturbed by portents of
ill-omen. To ward off the threatened danger, he had propitiatory rites performed by the
priests and himself took to fasts and penance.
Krishna, Bhima and Arjuna entered the palace
unarmed. Jarasandha received them with respect as their noble bearing seemed to indicate
an illustrious origin. Bhima and Arjuna made no reply to his words of welcome because they
wished to avoid havng to tell lies.