तीर्थाभिषेकव्याजेन मध्यस्थ: प्रययौ किल ॥ १७ ॥
kurūṇāṁ saha pāṇḍavaiḥ
madhya-sthaḥ prayayau kila
Lord Balarāma then heard that the Kurus were preparing for war with the Pāṇḍavas. Being neutral, He departed on the pretext of going to bathe in holy places.
Both Duryodhana and Yudhiṣṭhira were dear to Lord Balarāma, and so to avoid an awkward situation He departed. Furthermore, after killing the demon Vidūratha, Lord Kṛṣṇa put aside His weapons, but Lord Balarāma still had to kill Romaharṣaṇa and Balvala to finish relieving the earth of her burden of demons.