Lord Balrama is the elder brother of Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Rama is the original name of Balrama but because of His extra ordinary strength and vigour He was named as Balrama or Baldev. He was the seventh child of Devaki and Vasudev as per the tenth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. Though Devaki was the mother of Balrama but He was born and brought up by Rohini in the house of Nanda Maharaj. Balrama was transferred from Devaki’s womb to Rohini’s womb in order to save Him from Kamsa, the king of Mathura so He is also known as Sankarshana.
Lord Balrama is well known for His honesty, simplicity, obedience, an ideal brother and husband.
Both Krishna and Balrama grew up together in a cowherd’s family. They used to kill demons in the forest of Vrindavan. Balrama killed the demons Dhenakasura and Mustika at a very early age accompanied by Krishna. Balrama is being depicted as the creative potency of Krishna.
Balrama has been depicted as a man with fair skin than His brother Krishna. He possesses two arms on which He beholds plough and mace. His hair is tied in a topknot. He is mostly ornamented with armlets, earrings and bracelets. He remains dressed in blue garments and decorated with garland of forest flowers and string of jewels.
Revati, the daughter of the king Kakudmi, got married to Balrama. It is said that after the destructive battle of the Yadu dynasty and disappearance of His brother Krishna, Balrama departed from this world. In Hindu belief, a great white snake left out from His mouth as an identity of Balrama. Somnath Temple in Gujarat is believed to be the place from where He departed.
Lord Balrama is worshipped along with Krishna in many temples of India. The most famous temple is in Orissa located at Puri and Kendrapada.