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PRALAMBA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] An Asura killed by Krishna, according to the Mahabharata. His story as told in the Vishnu Purana is, that he was an Asura and a dependant of Kansa. With the object of devouring the boys Krishna and Balarama, he joined them and their playmates in jumping. Pralamba was beaten by his opponent Balarama, and by the rules of the game had to carry the victor back on his shoulders to the starting-place. He took up Balarama and then expanded his form, and was making off with his rider when Balarama called upon Krishna for assistance. Krishna made a long speech, and ended by telling him to suspend awhile his mortal character and do what was right. Balarama laughed, squeezed Pralamba with his knees, and beat him on the head with his fists till his eyes were knocked out and his brain forced through his skull, so that he fell to the ground and expired.

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