Balarăma was considered the avatăr after Krishna .
It is believed that Balarăma was the accompanyning incarnation of the serpent sesha on whom Vishnu reclines during intervals of creation. Balarăma too was brought up by Nanda and Yashodă. His weapon was a ploughshare and so he was called Haladhar or halayudha. Balarama was the elder half-brother of Krishna. He may originally have been an agricultural deity. In painting he is always shown with fair skin, in contrast to Krishna’s blue complexion. The stories associated with him emphasize his enormous strength.