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By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Balarama, BalarAma, Balaraama

  1. the charming and enchanting one with strength; one who is pleasing in his strength
  2. the son of Vasudeva and Rohiņī, the elder half-brother of Kŗşņa and the brother of Subhadra, who was renowned for his strength and valour, for his fearsome temper but also his simple and jovial personality, and for his fondness for drinking, and for being the instructor in mace combat to Bhīma and Duryodhana (M. Bh.).