By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Mustika, MuSTika, Mushtika
Muṣṭika and Cāṇura were the most powerful wrestlers in the court of the evil king Kaṅsa. When the latter invited Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma to attend a special sacrifice called Dhanuryāga at Mathura, they obliged. Out of the several stratagems employed by Kaṅsa to kill Kṛṣṇa was to challenge him and Balarāma for a wrestling bout with these two. In the ensuing fight, Kṛṣṇa killed Cāṇura whereas Balarāma finished Muṣṭika.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore