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Bhagadatta in the Mahabharat

Bhagadatta was a great king and warrior in the Mahabharata. He ruled Pragjyotisa. In the Mahabharat war, he fought on the side of the Kauravas. As per the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhagadatta was born from the limb of asura called Biskala.

Bhagadatta was a friend of Pandu. But the triumphant tour of Arjuna in connection with the Rajasuya Yajna performed by Yudhisthira evoked feelings of jealousy in the heart of Bhagadatta. He fought against Arjuna who defeated him. He accepted defeat and congratulated Arjuna on his supreme courage.

In the Mahabharata war, Bhagadatta wounded King of Virata, Ghatotkcha, Bhima, and numerous other warriors. The fight between Arjuna and Bhagadatta was of epic proportion. Bhagadatta used Vainavastra given to him by Vishnu against Arjuna. But Arjuna was able to fend it off.

Finally, Arjuna killed Bhagadatta. Vajradatta his son also was killed by Arjuna.