Why did Balarama not participate in the Mahabharata war?
After all, even after being the most powerful, Balaram did not fight the war of Mahabharata, what was the reason behind it, know
In the war of Mahabharata, all the great warriors of that time were involved, some were fighting in favor of Pandavas, some were fighting against Pandavas, but in that war there was a warrior who was stronger and more powerful than all the warriors. But still that warrior did not take part in this war, this warrior was none other than Shri Krishna's brother Balarama. Balarama had fought many wars in his life and won all but still did not take part in the war of Mahabharata.
Despite being the most powerful, Balarama strongly refused to take part in the battle of Mahabharata to Shri Krishna. He told Shri Krishna that both Arjuna and Duryodhana are his friends, he has given knowledge to both of them many times, They are all the same for him, how he can fight with them. And he also advised Shri Krishna not to join this war, but Shri Krishna also solved this problem and told to Duryodhana that he choose one of me and my army and after hearing this, Duryodhana thought that "how would I win the war with the help of alone Krishna and he chose the Narayani Sena (army) of Shri Krishna.
In the Mahabharata, it is said that when the preparations for the war were going on, Balram reached the cantonment of Pandavas, where Shri Krishna Arjuna and Yudhishthira were already present. Seeing Balarama , they all were very happy and Balarama sat down with Yudhishthir and said with a very sad heart that how many times I told Krishna that both the Pandavas and the Kauravas are the same for me. I do not discriminate against anyone. But the foolishness in these two minds is now understood and both of them are going to war in vain, we do not need to fall into it, but Krishna has so much affection with Arjuna that he is now fighting in the opposition of Kauravas, now such a situation how can I go against Krishna?
I have taught both Bhima and Duryodhana to war skill of gada, both are my disciples and I love them both equally. I cannot see these two fighting amongst themselves, that's why I am going on pilgrimage. Saying so, Balram departure for the pilgrimage and did not participate in the war of Mahabharata.