(or Balarama) was born as the brother of Krishna.
Balrama is a symbol of strenght, an obedient son, an ideal
brother and husband, an ideal man and god. He is a protector
from desires, the divinity of strength or the strength of
the divine, symbolizing duty, honesty and simplicity.
Vishnu incarnated as Balarama when Indra
and the other gods came to lord Vishnu and asked for release
from the demon son Kamsa, king of Mathura. Vishnu took one
black and one white hair from his head and promised that these
two would come to fight against the demons. This way, first
Balrama (the white hair) and then Krishna (the black hair)
incarnated in the womb of Devaki. To save him from Kamsa,
Balrama was transferred secretly from Devakis womb to that
of Rohini´s, from which he was born. Together with Krishna
he grew up in a cowherd's family.
At an early age, he killed the demon Dhenuka,
accompanied Krishna to Mathura and supported him until Kamsa
was killed. Balarama also released Krishna´s son, Samba,
from Duryodhana's prison.
His wife was Revati, king Raivata´s
daughter. They had two sons, Nistha and Ulmuka.