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Characters Persons From Mahabharata

Characters Persons From Mahabharata

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Published by: Rajendra Prasad Pandey on Mar 28, 2011
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Characters/Persons from Mahabharata
The story of Abhimanyu
Abhimanyu is a brave and tragic hero in the Hinduepic, the Mahabharata. He is the son of Arjuna and Subhadra, the half-sister of Lord Krishna.As an unborn child in his mother's womb, Abhimanyulearns the knowledge of entering the deadly and virtuallyimpenetrable Chakravyuha (see Wars of HinduMythology) from Arjuna.The epic explains that heoverheard Arjuna talking about this with his mother fromthe womb. Arjuna spoke about entering Chakravyuha and later Subhadra dozed to sleep. Arjuna stopped explainingChakravyuha escape when he saw Subhadra slept whilelistening. As an effect, the baby Abhimanyu in wombdidn't get a chance to know of coming out of it.Abhimanyu spent his childhood in Dwaraka, hismother's city. He was trained by Pradyumna, the son of Sri Krishna and his great warrior father Arjuna and brought up under the guidance of Lord Krishna. Hisather arranged his marriage to Uttara, daughter of kingVirata to seal an alliance between the Pandavas and theroyal family of Virata, in lieu of the forthcomingKurukshetra War. The Pandavas had been hiding incognito to live through the final year of their exile without being discovered, in Virata's kingdom of Matsya.
Characters/Persons from Mahabharata
Being the grandson of Lord Indra, god of mysticalweapons and wars responsible for killing thousands of enemy heroes and hundreds of thousands of warriors,Abhimanyu was a courageous and dashing warrior.Considered equal to his father's level owing hisprodigious feats, Abhimanyu was able to hold at bay,great heroes like Drona, Karna, Duryodhana and Dushasana. He was praised for his audacious braveryand absolute loyalty to his father, his uncles and to their cause.Abhimanyu has taken part in the war of Mahabharat and killed important personalities such as KumaraLakshmana, the son of Duryodhana and Brihadbala, theking of Kosala belonging to Ikshwaku dynasty.On the 13th day of battle, the Kauravas challenge thePandavas to break a circular battle formation known asthe Chakravyuha (see Wars of Hindu Mythology).The Pandavas accept the challenge since they knowthat the knowledge of how to defeat such a formation isknown to Krishna and Arjuna.However, on that day, Krishna and Arjuna are dragged into fighting a war on another front with theSamsaptakas. Since the Pandavas have accepted thechallenge already, they have no choice but to attempt touse young lad Abhimanyu, who has knowledge on how to
Characters/Persons from Mahabharata
break into the formation but none whatsoever regardinghow to break out of it. To make sure that Abhimanyu doesnot get trapped in this endeavour, the remaining Pandavabrothers decide that they and their allies will also break into the formation along with Abhimanyu and assist theboy in breaking out of it. It is important to note that theplan is hatched well after Arjuna and Krishna have beendistracted away by the Samsaptaka army led by Susarma.On the fateful day, Abhimanyu uses his skills tosuccessfully break into the formation. The Pandavabrothers and allies attempt to follow him inside theormation, but they are effectively cut off by Jayadratha,the Sindhu king, who makes use of a boon from Shiva tohold off all Pandavas except Arjuna for one day only.Abhimanyu is left to fend for himself against the entireKaurava army.When Abhimanyu commands his charioteer to lead hischariot towards Drona, the man is not happy to do so and raises objections. He requests the sixteen-year-old to taketime to think about it before he begins the battle. Hepoints out that Abhimanyu has grown up amidst great love and comforts and he is not a master of the battle artsas Drona is. Young Abhimanyu’s answer is disturbingto the reader of the epic and it speaks loudly of hisunderestimation of the mighty warriors on the Kauravaside and of his overestimation of himself, of his

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