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June 10, 1974

The Wrestlers

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Los Angeles

JAMA. 1974;228(11):1371. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230360019011

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To the Editor.—  I was pleased to see the cover picture of The Journal's April 8 issue. However, your cover story did not fully explain the picture. For the information of your esteemed readers, may I mention a few things that I know about the incident depicted?It was a wrestling match all right. The two wrestlers getting ready were the famed wrestlers of their time (Chanura and Mustika). They were meant to kill the two young boys in an unequal fight. The two boys were Krishna and Balarama, shown standing beside them. The presiding King Kamsa, who was afraid of these youngsters, arranged the fight; however, contrary to his expectations, both the wrestlers and the evil king himself get killed in the ensuing contest.These and other pastimes of the Lord Krishna form the subject matter of Bhagavad Gita, a book of stories of god that have been