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Abhimanyu in Mahabharat – Story of Abhimanyu

Abhimanyu was the son of Arjuna (the third of the Pandava brothers) and Subhadra (sister of Sri Krishna) in the Mahabharata. He had married Uttara, the daughter of King of Virata. The story of Abhimanyu has continued to inspire generations as he died fighting like a true warrior at a young age of 16.

Abhimanyu was treacherously killed by the Kauravas on the 13th day of the Kurukshetra battle in the Mahabharata. He had fought heroically and breached the Chakravyuha formation created by the Kauravas. But he was trapped inside and killed.

Six Maharathas – Drona, Karna, Kripa, Ashwathama, Duryodhana, and Dushasana – and numerous other warriors together had attacked Abhimanyu. Before falling down, Abhimanyu had killed scores of Kauravas including many important warriors like Martikavata of Bhoja, Shatrunjaya, Chandraketu, Mahavega, Suvarcha and Suryabhasa.

He also killed younger brothers of Shalya and Karna, Vastiya, Shalya’s son, one hundred princes of various kingdoms, Lakshmana (Duryodhana’s son ), Kraha’s son, Vrindarka, and Brihadbala (king of Kosala).

A tired and wounded Abhimanyu was finally killed by Dushasana’s son.

Abhimanyu’s son Parikshit later became the king of Hastinapura.


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