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Mahabharata

The Mahabharata is a very complex Hindu epic of two sets of brothers fighting for the throne. It is the longest poem ever written, with 200000 verses. With hundreds of characters, each with their own story, and a span of many years, this epic involves the entire Bharat and is filled with depth.

Prativindhya

Prativindhya was the son of Yudhishthira and Draupadi, and thus the eldest Draupadeya (son of Draupadi). He was a powerful warrior who ruled the kingdom of Shakala. He also fought on the Pandava side in the Kurukshetra War. Ashwatthama killed Prativindhya during his slaughter of the Pandava camp. Family Father: Yudhishthira Mother: Draupadi Half-Brothers: Sutasoma, …

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Dhridhasena

Dhridhasena was a minor character from the Mahabharata. He was a Kuru cousin and ruled a small kingdom. He joined the Pandavas in the Mahabharata war and was killed by Dronacharya on the 12th day. Dhridhasena married Kadaligarbha. Family Wife: Kadaligarbha Marrying Kadaligarbha Once, there was a city called Ikshumati on the banks of a …

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Kaurava Army Layout

Unlike the Pandava army, the Kaurava army didn’t have graded ranks. Also, the Kaurava army was less mobile because each rank of a unit of army consisted of way more soldiers. The Kauravas had 18+ Akshaunis, which they divided into 11 huge Vahinis. Kaurava Army Layout 1 Akshauni from Kuru-Bahlika from Bhurishravas Joined the Kauravas …

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Pandu pointing his bow at Sage Kindama and his wife in the form of deer

Pandu: The Father of the Pandavas

Pandu was the father of the five Pandavas in the Mahabharata. He was a brave king, but one day, he accidentally shot a rishi in the form of deer. He was cursed that if he ever had sex, he would die. Pandu ended up having the children of the gods, but he couldn’t resist sex, and died.

Gandhari and Dhitrastra

Gandhari: Eternal Darkness

Gandhari was a major character in the Mahabharata. She was the husband of King Dhitrastra of Kuru and the mother of the evil Kauravas. Gandhari is often regarded as the epitome of virtue. At the time of her marriage, she vowed to spend the rest of her life in a blindfold because he was husband …

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Duryodhana

Duryodhana was a major character in the Mahabharata. He was the main antagonist. Duryodhana was the eldest of the Kauravas, the hundred sons of Dhitrastra. He became instigated by Shakuni, his mother’s brother, that the Pandavas are bad. He was killed by Bhima in the Mahabharata war. Family Father: Dhitrastra Mother: Gandhari Brothers: 99 Other …

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Uttara

Uttara was a character in the Mahabharata. He was the young son of King Virata and Sudeshna. Shalya killed him in the Mahabharata war on the first day. Uttara is also called Bhuminjaya. Family Father: Virata Mother: Sudeshna Brothers: Shweta, Shankha Sister: Uttaraa Virata War The Pandavas were in the incognito year of their exile …

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Karna shooting an arrow in the battlefield

Karna: The Tragic Hero

Karna was the son of the Sun. His Kshatriya mother Kunti abandoned him and a low-caste family adopted him. He was a master archer, but a series of unfortunate events and bad company eclipsed his heroism, making him the tragic hero of the Mahabharata.

Shishupal

Shishupal was a major character in the Mahabharata. Shishupal was an incarnation of Jaya, Vishnu’s attendant. He was the son of King Damaghosha of Chedi and was the cousin of Krishna, but disliked him a lot. Shishupal was also called Sunitha. Shishupal was a friend of Kansa and Jarasandha. Family Father: Damaghosha Mother: Shrutashrava Brothers: …

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Ekalavya cuts off his thumb with a dagger, Drona blesses him, Arjuna watches

Ekalavya: The Ideal Student

Ekalavya is the ideal example of sacrifice and respect. A character from the Mahabharata, Ekalavya cut off his own thumb to respect his guru’s orders.