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Sri Krishna’s Entry in the Mahabharata

Mahabharata is essentially the story of the Kauravas and Pandavas. Krishna’s story is just a part of the narrative and dealt exhaustively in the Harivamsa. So when did Krishna make an entry in the Mahabharata.

Bhagavan Sri Krishna appears in the story of Mahabharata soon after Draupadi married the Pandavas.
A stranger comes into the house of the Pandavas and introduces himself as Krishna, Kunti’s nephew, her brother Vasudeva’s son.

Sri Krishna is immediately included as part of the family.

Krishna also counseled Kunti and Pandavas to return to Hastinapur. Duryodhana and the others on the side of the Kauravas cannot ignore the Pandavas who had married the daughter of the mighty Durpada, the King of Panchala.

From this point onwards, Krishna is the chief advisor, negotiator and messenger of the Pandavas.