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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.

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.


Uluka was a minor character in the Mahabharata and the son of Shakuni and his wife Arshi. He was killed during the Kurukshetra war by Sahadeva. Family Father: Shakuni Mother: Arshi Birth Uluka was born in Gandhara to Shakuni and his wife Arshi. He lived in Hastinapura for most of his life with Shakuni. Emissary Before …

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Purochana: The Mastermind of Lakshagraha

Purochana was an architect and adviser of Duryodhana. He was responsible for the construction of the Lakshagraha palace in Varnavrata, designed to kill the Pandavas. He hosted the Pandavas in the palace. However, the plan backfired, and he died in his palace’s fire.


Rochamana was the king of Ashwamedha kingdom during Mahabharata times. He was an incarnation (Avatar) of the great mettlesome Asura named Asvagriva. He was killed during the Mahabharata war. Rochamana had a brother. Bhima’s Military Campaign During Bhima’s eastern Rajasuya military campaign, he attacked Ashwamedha kingdom. Rochamana came to fight with him. Soon, Rochamana was …

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Dhrishtadyumna was the son of Panchala king Drupada. He was a major character in the Mahabharata. He was the commander of the Pandavas from the 2nd day to the last day of the Kurukshetra war. He was the brother of Draupadi, the five Pandavas’ wife. Dhrishtadyumna was a partial incarnation of Agni, the god of …

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Vidura: The Man Devoted to Dharma

Vidura was Dhritarashtra and Pandu’s younger brother in the Mahabharata. He was known for his devotion to dharma and knowledge. Vidura always advised Dhritarashtra and Duryodhana to take the path of dharma, but they ignored him.

Arjuna and Karna on the chariot blowing their conches during war

Arjuna: The Master Archer

Arjuna was the third Pandava. He was known as the best archer of his time. He was one of the major characters in the Mahabharata. Family Father: Pandu Godly Father: Indra Mother: Kunti Brothers: Yudhistira, Bhima, Nakula, Sahadeva Wives: Draupadi (Panchali), Subhadra, Ulupi, Chitrangada Sons: Srutakarma, Abhimanyu, Iravan, Babruvahana Grandson: Parikshita Birth Once, King Pandu …

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Sahadeva was the fifth Pandava. He played a major role in the Mahabharata. He was a son of Madri. She had invoked the Ashwini Kumaras using Kunti’s boon to have twin sons: Nakula and Sahadeva. Family Father: Pandu Mother: Madri Godly Father: Ashvins Brothers: Yudhistira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula Wives: Draupadi (Panchali), Vijaya Sons: Shrutasena, Suhotra …

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Nakula was the fourth of the five Pandavas. He played a major role in the Mahabharata. He was a twin son of Madri, along with Sahadeva. He was the godly son of the Ashwins, and therefore could magically cure illnesses. Family Father: Pandu Mother: Madri Godly Father: Ashvins Brothers: Yudhistira, Bhima, Arjuna, Sahadeva Wives: Karenumati, …

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Jatasura was a deadly Rakshasa who clashed with the Pandavas during their exile. He discreetly lived among the Pandavas as a Brahmin and one day, he shed his disguise and kidnapped Yudhishthira, the twins, and Draupadi. However, the powerful Bhima rescued them and killed Jatasura.