Sukadeva Gosvami said: O King, Jambavati’s son Samba, ever victorious in battle, kidnapped Duryodhana’s daughter Laksmana from her svayamvara ceremony.
In Krsna, Srila Prabhupada explains this event as follows: “Duryodhana, the son of Dhrtarastra, had a marriageable daughter by the name of Laksmana. She was a very highly qualified girl of the Kuru dynasty, and many princes wanted to marry her. In such cases the svayamvara ceremony is held so that the girl may select her husband according to her own choice. In Laksmana’s svayamvara assembly, when the girl was to select her husband, Samba appeared. He was the son of Krsna by Jambavati, one of the chief wives of Lord Krsna. This son Samba is so named because, being a very bad child, he always lived close to his mother. The name Samba indicates that this son was very much his mother’s pet. Amba means “mother,” and sa means “with.” So this special name was given to him because he always remained with his mother. He was also known as Jambavati-suta for the same reason. As previously explained, all the sons of Krsna were as qualified as their great father, Lord Krsna. Samba wanted the daughter of Duryodhana, Laksmana, although she was not inclined to have him. Therefore Samba kidnapped Laksmana by force from the svayamvara ceremony.”