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Why Krishna Moved Out of Mathura and Built His Kingdom in Dwarka?

After defeating Kansa, Krishna and Yadavas settled down peacefully in Mathura. But Jarasandha who was the father-in-law of Kansa did not accept Krishna. He decided to avenge the death of Kansa.

Jarasandha ordered his army to attack Mathura. He wanted Mathura to be razed down and burnt. But Krishna and Balarama defended Mathura against the assault.

Jarasandha attacked Mathura 17 times. Krishna and Balrama defended their kingdom each time.

Jarasandha was preparing to attack Mathura 18th time. Krishna learnt that the army of Jarasandha this time will be led by Kalayavan. As per destiny, this commander was destined to destroy Mathura.

Krishna who realized this asked all the people of Mathura to follow Him. From Mathura, Krishna and his followers moved towards west and made their kingdom in Dwarka – an island. As Dwarka was protected by sea on all sides, Jarasandha could no longer attack the kingdom.