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Sanjaya in the Mahabharata

Sanjaya was Dhritarashtra's charioteer in the Mahabharata. He was endowed with divine vision by Vyasa, which helped him narrate the incidents in the Kurukshetra to the blind king Dhritarashtra.

Sanjaya was also lucky to have darshan of the Vishwaroopam of Vishnu, which he displayed to Arjuna while delivering the Bhagavad Gita.

Sanjaya went on behalf of Dhritarashtra to find out about the welfare of Pandavas during their exile period.

He also visited the Pandavas as a messenger just before the beginning of the Kurukshetra war.

Sanjaya was not a mere charioteer, he was respected by all the characters in the Mahabharata. He used to warn Dhritarashtra about the consequences of endorsing the wicked deeds of Duryodhana.

Sanjaya never abandoned Dhritarashtra. When the blind king went to the forest after the Great War in the Mahabharata, he followed his master.

When forest fire engulfed them, Sanjaya did not leave the king. But when Dhritarashtra, pleaded with him to get out of the fire to inform others about his death, he obeyed.

After informing Pandavas and other people of Hastinapura about the death Dhritarashtra, Gandhari and Kunti, Sanjaya went to the Himalayas and performed penance.

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