The story of the Mahabharat Epic dates back at least Five Thousand years ago in Dwapar Yuga. The Mahabharat war was probably the World’s first World War. It is believed that close to Fifty Lakh warriors took part in the Mahabharat war, which occurred in Kurukshetra in North India. Every single kingdom known at that time had taken part in the greatest war fought for the establishment of Righteousness on earth. Warriors from across the globe had traveled to Kurukshetra to take part in the Mahabharat battle.Embed from Getty Images
As the saying goes, “no war can be fought on an empty stomach”, stands apt for this particular event as the task to feed such a huge army was daunting. The story behind the solution for this problem is undoubtedly, one of the most interesting stories from the Mahabharat battlefield.
After the epic battle was declared, kings from across the land started to travel to Kurukshetra with their army in order to take part in the Mahabharat war. Upon reaching Kurukshetra, the leaders from both sides, the Kauravas and the Pandavas would debate why that particular king and his army should take their side in the war. Lord Krishna would take the final decision after the conclusion of the debate.
One such King from the kingdom of Udupi, situated in the present-day Karnataka, reached Kurukshetra with his army. Upon the Udupi King’s arrival at the Kurukshetra, the Kauravas and the Pandavas started their debate as to whose side should the Udupi King support in the Mahabharat war.
After the argument, the Udupi King asked Lord Krishna, “ Everyone is eager to fight the war, but has anyone thought as to how to feed such a huge army on a daily basis?” Lord Krishna asked the Udupi King, “ do you have any suggestions because it looks like you have an idea for tackling this situation.” To which the Udupi King said, “this war is being fought among brothers. Thus I do not wish to take part from either side, but I also understand that this war is inevitable. Thus, I would like to take up the responsibility to feed the army from both sides, but I would require the help of another army.” Lord Krishna told the Udupi King, “ The task of providing food for such a huge number of warriors is undoubtedly arduous, but you will have to perform this task with the help of your own army alone.”
The Mahabharat war went on for eighteen days, and every day thousands, probably lakhs of soldiers, died on the battlefield. So, to cook the right amount of food was an extremely difficult task but the Udupi King amazingly managed to cook the exact amount of food without having to waste any food by the end of the day. This accuracy of the Udupi King was being noticed by the leaders from both sides. They thought hard among themselves as to how the Udupi King managed to cook food for the exact number of soldiers alive. To do so, the Udupi King should already know how many soldiers were about to die advance.
After the Mahabharat war, Yudhishthira asked the Udupi King as to how he made the calculations in advance. To which the Udupi King asked Yudhishthira, “ who would you give credit for winning the Mahabharat?” Yudhishtra replied, “ Lord Krishna, undoubtedly.” Udupi King said, “ Even I would give complete credit to Lord Krishna.” Upon being asked to explain further, the Udupi King said, “ Lord Krishna had a habit of eating boiled peanuts in the night. So, every day I would keep a bowl of boiled peanuts in his shivir or camp. Lord Krishna always ate few peanuts from the bowl, and I would count the remaining peanuts in the bowl in order to find out how many peanuts Lord Krishna ate. Thus, according to that calculation, I was able to come to the conclusion that if Lord Krishna ate ten peanuts, then at least ten thousand soldiers would die the next day. Thus, I would prepare food for ten thousand fewer soldiers the next day, and this calculation proved accurate every single day of the war.”
This particular story from the epic Mahabharat only goes on to tell us how supreme Lord Krishna was, as he could foresee the future, even before it occurred.