During the Kurukshetra War, he fought from the side of Pandavas and was slayed by Shakuni. He was the son of Vasudev and Rohini. This lineage continued for another 64 generations until 1634 BCE, where the last king Sumitra was killed by Chanakya's contemporary Mahapadma Nanda. She was the paternal aunt of Krishna, Balarama, and Subhadra. Epic Mythology, 1969, p 62, Edward Washburn Hopkins. Because of his loyalty, Aruni is also known as Gurubhakta Aruni. He was friend turned rival of Droṇa and rivalry developed when he humiliated Droṇa in front of his ministers. Bhima killed Banasena by beating his chest, head, and abdomen regions in front of Karna. Uttarā or Anglicized as Uttaraa (उत्तरा) was daughter of King Virata, at whose court the Pandavas spent a year in concealment during their exile. The most important characters of Mahabharata can be said to include: Krishna; the Pandavas — Yudhishthira, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva, along with their wife Draupadi; and the Kauravas (who were a hundred brothers), led by the eldest brother, Duryodhana. However, she promised him to return his son. On seeing Banasena, Bhima got angered as his own son Ghatotkacha and nephew Abhimanyu were killed by Karna. She was a princess of Gandhara (modern-day Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) and the wife of Dhritrashtra, the blind king of Hastinapura, and the mother of a hundred sons, the Kauravas. Similar to his twin brother Nakula, Sahadeva was also accomplished in swordsmanship. She was maid of Draupadi married to a Kshatriyan soldier Pralanksena. Later Usha was married to Aniruddha, grandson of Lord Krishna.. Her brothers Keturaja and Ketusena were killed by Drupada on the 11th day of the war. He was the first god called by Kunti after her marriage using a mantra as her husband couldn't conceive. He was the son of Samvarana and of Tapati, the daughter of the Sun. He was removed from his position as the king because of his arrogance and cursed to a snake. In the Mahabharat, Markandeya visits the Pandavas during their exile and tells them the story of Nala and Damayanti, Savitri and Satyavan, etc. Sometimes, he described to be Drupada's son and identified with Satyajit. The names and backstories appear in later texts and interpolation. He helped his father many times in the Kurukshetra war. He is described to be a protector of Arjuna. During that time, she was known as Matsyagandha. Overcome with grief and rage, he slaughters most of the Pandava camp in a single night offensive. Later she left him and returned to heaven. There, Nanda’s wife Yashoda had delivered a girl. This led Shuka to curse Yayati to lose his youth. He was filled with desire and discharged his seed. From their union, Tara became pregnant with Chandra's son, Budha. Ashvatthama was appointed as the final commander-in-chief of the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra War. He was the son of rishi Bharadwaja and a descendant of sage Angirasa. Hindus believe Subhadra to be a goddess named Yogmaya. After the passing of Vasudeva in the Yadu massacre, Rohini cremates herself on Vasudeva's pyre along with his other wives Devaki, Bhadra and Madira.. She is the wife of Nanda (head of Gokul) and foster mother of Lord Krishna and Balarama. When the princes grow up, Dhritarashtra is about to be crowned king by Bhishma when Vidura intervenes and uses his knowledge of politics to assert that a blind person cannot be king. Nanda-gopa krishna's father. A breach was formed in the embankment. There is another reason given by Krsna himself, why He did not visit Vraja, while remaining tormented in feelings of intense separation from the VrajavÃ¤sis. He was killed by Bhima, who later married his sister. Subala was father of Shakuni and Gandhari. Tapati is a river goddess. In the fight, Bhima almost took Karna to death. In the Mahabharata he was the younger son of queen Satyavati and king Shantanu and grandfather of the Pandavas and Kauravas. Satyaki was also student of Arjuna due to which he fought on Pandavas side. Vasudeva placed this just-born male child there, took away the female child and brought it back. Chitrasena began his classes soon and the two also became good friends. Note: We have consulted The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli, published between 1883 and 1896, available online at Mahabharata Index Online Sanskrit text and Mahabharata Index Online English text for our content in this compilation. Dushasana was a Kaurava prince, the second son of the blind king Dhritarashtra and Gandhari and the younger brother of Duryodhana in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Later, he helped in birth of 101 children of Dhritarashtra and Gandhari. They both had a son Sarvaga, who became the King of Kashi after the Kurukshetra War. Bhanumati is a character in the Indian epic Mahabharata. He was a son of Pandava prince Arjuna (one of the main heroes of the Mahabharata) and the Naga princess Ulupi, Iravan is the central deity of the cult of Kuttantavar which is also the name commonly given to him in that cult—and plays a major role in the cult of Draupadi. She was born from a yajna organized by Panchala King Drupada and is described to be the most beautiful woman of her time. Sri Aurobindo rightly observed in 1919-1921: “ The Mahabharata especially is not only the story of the Bharatas, the epic of an early event which had become a national tradition but on a vast scale the epic of the soul and religious and ethical mind and social and political ideals and culture and life of India. Sahadeva was the youngest of the five Pandava brothers. Karna was Duryodhana's closest friend. Later, as a boon, Arjuna got all his weapons from Indra and also the bow, Gandiva, from Varuna. Krishna counsels Arjuna to "fulfill his Kshatriya (warrior) duty to uphold the Dharma" through "selfless action". She married Dronacharya, who was poor at that time. After some time, Shakuni convinced the Pandavas and Kunti to visit Lakshagraha. He was a young prince of the Nishadha, a confederation of jungle tribes (Adivasi) in Ancient India. Bharadwaja was a sage with divine powers. In the story, he tried to take Satyavan's soul, but Savitri tricked him. Vishoka was the charioteer of Pandava Bhima during the Kurukshetra War. In the original Mahabharata, Gandhari mentions Karna's wife or wives but never states her name. He was killed by either Abhimanyu on the 13th day of Kurukshetra War or Arjun in the Virata War. He is the spiritual father of Arjuna. The Indologists in the light of available historical records and literary documents, astronomical references (the positions of constellations) have concluded that the war of Mahabharata broke out on 12th November 3143 B.C, which means almost 5152 years back. He also rescued Nakula from the clutches of Duryodhana. Bhishma was blessed with a boon from his father that he could choose the time of his death or he may remain immortal till he desires.  He is appointed the king of Anga (Bengal) by Duryodhana. Vayu deva is the god of wind. Shatanika was the son of Nakula and Draupadi. However, Shantanu stopped her from drowning their eighth son, who was Bhishma, and asked her questions. Vijaya was Nakula's maternal uncle's daughter. He married Prabha, an asura princess, and was succeeded by his son Nahusha. He was unmarried and was killed by Yudhishthira along with Shalya on the last day of war. Krishna married her, when he defeated Jambavan to retrieve the stolen Syamantaka jewel.. Madranjaya was the eldest than other two with a gap of 10 years. He is known for his versatile acting and has been featured in many famous TV shows. Spiritual Happiness, Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk Conversation. Pururavas's Descendents founded the lunar dynasty. He was the husband of Shakuntala and the father of the Emperor Bharata. During that time she wasn't married and had to abandon the child. From their union, a son was born, who was known as Pururava. In the epic, he is the spiritual father of Hanuman and the Pandava, Bhima. His name appears at several places in the Mahabharata. When Krishna was killing Kansa, Balarama killed him by beating him and cutting his head with hands. In both legends, he is a learned sage who goes through many hurdles in procuring the earrings demanded by his guru's wife as the fee for the teacher (gurudakshina). However Shri Krishna revived him and named him Parikshit. He was very powerful and feared by Virata and the citizens of the kingdom. Satyabhama is the third consort of the God Krishna, the eighth avatar of the god Vishnu. Bhadra and Madira were two wives of Vasudeva, the others. Abhimanyu's father Arjuna swore to kill Jayadratha and he fulfill his oath. He is son of Aditi and Kashyapa. On the 7th day, he massacred the Kaurava army and killed many brothers of Shakuni. But they struggled a lot after their marriage. Shrutsena was the son of Sahadeva and Draupadi. Purochana was the builder of the Lakshagraha. The Pandavas named their capital, Indraprastha, after him. He and Amba, the princess of Kashi, fell in love and Amba decided chose him during her Swayamvara. Madri, using the mantra, called the Ashwini and had two twins, Nakula and Sahadeva.. But, Bhima wasn't able to lift the tail. He was son of King Srutayudha and Queen Sakrayani of Kalinga. Hiḍimbī or Hiḍimbā was a Rakshasi in the Mahābhārata. Vyasa was the author of epic Mahabharata. He was born to destroy evil Kshatriya, who had begun to abuse their power. Kokila was the wife of King Drupada and the mother of Shikhandini and Satyajit. Bahlika, also spelled as Vahlika, was the king of Bahlika kingdom in the Mahabharata, the elder brother of Shantanu, who was a king of Hastinapur and the uncle of Bhishma. The Pandavas woke up and realized that this had been another one of Duryodhana and Shakuni’s evil schemes. Bhurishravas, in the Kurukshetra War, is known to have a rivalry with Yadava general Satyaki. She was the mother of tyrant Kamsa. He was also present inside the Chakra Vyuh on the thirteenth day of the war.  His son Visharada succeeded him who was killed by Duryodhana on the 8th day. he who has no enemies) was the son of Nakula and his wife Karenumati.. The latter lying in the breach of the embankment to prevent the water from entering it. Sulabha, originally unnamed in the epic, was the wife of Vidura, the half-brother of King Dhritarashtra and the Prime Minister of Hastinapur. Parishrami was the chief maid of queens Ambika and Ambalika. Yama also appeared in the tale of Savitri and Satyavan. They cremated themselves with Vasudeva. He was the brother of Gandhari and hence Duryodhana's maternal uncle. Pratipa was a king in the Mahabharata, who was the father of Shantanu and grandfather of Bhishma.. Dhrishtaketu became the king of Chedi after his father's death and became an ally of the Pandavas. There, Nanda’s wife Yashoda had delivered a girl. Yayati was an ancestor of Shantanu and the son of king Nahusha and Ashokasundari, the daughter of goddess Parvati. He was a son Pururavas and his apsara wife, Urvashi. Karenumati was the daughter of Chedi king Shishupala, and sister of his successor Dhrishtaketu. Though the Bhāratas is a prominent community in the Rigveda, the story of Bharata is first told in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata, wherein he is the son of Dushyanta and Shakuntala. They had a son, Astika, who saved the serpents including Takshaka from Sarpa Satra organised by king Janamejaya to avenge his father's death.. But Bhima spared Karna remembering Arjuna's oath of slaying Karna. Lord Krishna was the grandson of Ugrasena. It also contains philosophical and devotional material, such as a discussion of the four "goals of life" or puruṣārtha(12.161). See BÃ¥had-bhÃ¤gavatÃ¤mÃ¥ta 1.7.96-98, Â ââ¦their pain wonât be relieved even if they see Me. However, Bhishma won the princesses for his brother. In the war, Abhimanyu killed warriors including Rukmartha, Brihadbala, Laksmana (Duryodhana's son), Dushmanara (Dushyasana's 2nd son), 7 foster brothers of Karna, sons of Shalya, etc. Later, Babhruvahana unknowingly killed his father but was revived by Ulupi, Chitrāngadā's friend, and co-wife. She married Samvarana and had a child named, Kuru. He was the most loyal companion and main bodyguard of Kansa. Hence, he asks the villagers to start preparing for Indra Dev's puja. In the Mahabharata, Ganga was the first wife of Shantanu, and the mother of heroic warrior-patriarch, Bhishma. She was a fisherwoman before her marriage with Shantanu. Chitrasena was the King of the Gandharvas who prevented the Kauravas from putting up their camp near the pond where he himself had encamped. Being the firstborn son of the blind king, he was the crown prince of Kuru Kingdom and its capital Hastinapura along with his cousin Yudhishtra who was older than him. Later, he becomes King of Anga and Indraprastha. He was slain by Bhima on the 14th day of the war when it continued after sunset. Vapusthama was married to Arjuna's great-grandson Janamejaya, and bore him 2 sons – Shatanika and Sankukarna. She was the step mother of Nakula and Sahadeva. When she met Shantanu for the first time, Shantanu asked her to become his wife. He was the most active warrior of entire war. 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