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Story of Bana – Son of Mahabali

Bana is one of the sons of Mahabali – the king who was pushed to the netherworld by the Vamana Avatar of Vishnu. The story of Bana is mentioned in the Harivamsa and the Bhagavad Purana.

Legend has it that Bana was a very powerful ruler. Once he left his kingdom and went to the Himalayas and performed intense austerities to please Shiva. The tapas performed by Bana was very severe and this forced Shiva to appear before him.

Bana asked for two boons from Shiva – that he be made son of Goddess Parvati and second that he should have 1000 hands to destroy his enemies. The boons were granted and Bana returned to his kingdom.

Bana had a daughter named Usha and she fell in love with Aniruddha, grandson of Sri Krishna.

As Bana did not like the alliance, he captured Aniruddha and imprisoned him. For this act, Bana had to face the wrath of Sri Krishna and was defeated in the battle.

As per some accounts, Sri Krishna killed Bana. But some versions state that Bana was saved because he was a devotee of Shiva and Parvati but was left with only four arms.