Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata

Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata

Mahabharata is a well known epic. Mahabharata is one of the most complex and elaborated narrations ever. Anyone who has heard about Mahabharata knows basics things like, Mahabharata is a story of clash between Pandava's and Kaurava's, Lord Krishna gave advise to Arjuna which is also known as "Bhagwatgeeta". Arjuna, Bhima, Abhimanyu, Karna, Draupadi, Duryodhana, Dronacharya and Bhishma are some of the most well known characters. It will impractical to list all these characters.. But,

There are a lot of characters in Mahabharata, which played significant roles but, found almost no space in Popular Culture and Literature. These are Least Known Characters of Mahabharata.  I am bringing such least known characters of Mahabharata..

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  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata

    Mahabharata is a well known epic. Mahabharata is one of the most complex and elaborated narrations ever. Anyone who has heard about Mahabharata knows basics things like, Mahabharata is a story of clash between Pandava’s and Kaurava’s, Lord Krishna gave advise to Arjuna which is also known as “Bhagwatgeeta”. Arjuna, Bhima, Abhimanyu, Karna, Draupadi, Duryodhana, […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Parikshit

    It is possible for many that they might not know who Parikshit was? and what is his story? The life of Parikshit begins at the end of Kurukshetra war of Mahabharata. The name Parikshit is derived from the Sanskrit word Pariksha (test) according to another theory the name is derived from the word Pari (around) […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Yudhamanyu and Uttamaujas

    Everyone knows Draupadi and Drishtadyumna were daughter and son of Drupad (King of Panchal). But, do you know that Drupad also had two more sons Yudhamanyu and Uttamaujas? Many few people know about them but, interestingly there are actually mentioned in the Mahabharata text. There is no such mention about their ages but it is […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Rukmi

    I am sure you must be wondering why have I added Rukmi to the list of Least Known Characters? We all know Rukmi was the brother of Rukmini, wife of Krishna. But, very few people know how exactly his battle with Krishna ended and his death. Rukmi was son of King of Vidarbha, Bhishmaka. He was […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Bhurisravas

    In previous article about Bahlika the elder brother of Shantanu, I have mentioned about his son Somadatta, Bhurisrava or Bhurisravas was son of Somadatta. The rivalry between Vrisni’s, Yadava’s and him goes way back before Kurukshetra war. The history of rivalry between Yadava’s and Somadatta (father of Bhurisravas) began during Swayamvara of Devaki. A Vrisni prince Sini […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Bhagadatta

    In Mahabharata, during the war of Kurukshetra Kaurava’s had many commanders in chief till the end. Normally we know about Bhishma, Dronacharya, Shalya etc but there was also a commander in chief who was a mighty warrior riding his almost undefeatable elephant. He was Bhagadatta. Bhagadatta was the King of Pragjyotisha kingdom (situated near north […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Samba

    Although the war Kurukshetra war ends, the Mahabharata doesn’t end at it. Mahabharata talks not only about Kaurava’s and Pandava’s but also about Krishna, his Yadava’s clan and it’s destruction as well. The root of this destruction was a Krishna’s son Samba. Mausala Parva of Mahabharata talks about Samba in detail. Samba was son of […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Vrishaketu

    Karna is one of the most favorite characters of Mahabharata. Few people know that Karna’s sons took part in Kurukshetra war. And least people know Karna’s one son survived in Kurukshetra war. His name was Vrishaketu. Karna and Vrushali had ten sons, Vrishasena, Sudama, Vrishaketu, Chitrasena, Satyasena, Sushena, Shatrunjaya, Dvipata, Banasena, and Prasena. All sons of […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Takshaka

    Even though Mahabharata is majorly a story of Kaurava’s and Pandava’s, their exile and war. But, the actual Mahabharata text begins on a very different note. Not many people know how important role Takshaka the Serpent (Naga) King played in Mahabharata. At one point Bhishma’s prowess is compared with him. Takshaka, the Sanskrit language means […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Mayāsura

    A Rakshasa whose name is not well known but the architectural marvel he created is part of a figure of speech in Indian languages, Maya-Sabha. His name is Maya. The story of Mayāsura comes into picture when Pandava’s came to Khandavprastha (today’s Delhi) to build their kingdom. Maya was the friend of Takshak a Naga […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Vrushali

    Another relatively mute character of Mahabharata is Vrushali, wife of great warrior Karna. Although Vrushali played a minor role in Mahabharata, she’s been a subject of lots of fantasies and fictions. Vrushali was also from a charioteer clan. She was the sister of Satyasen, the charioteer of Duryodhana. The marriage between Karna and Vrushali was […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Bahlika

    Most of the known stories of Kuru’s clan begins with Shantanu. But, not many people know that Shantanu was not the only of Kuru’s clan of his generation. He had an elder brother Bahlika. Who not only was a king but also played a role in Mahabharata. Shantanu’s parents Pratipa (king of Hastinapura) and Sunanda […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Babruvahana

    People believe even though there were many warriors equally strong or even stronger than Arjuna, nobody was able to defeat him. But, there was a warrior who did not play any role in Kurukshetra war in Mahabharata but, still was able to defeat Arjuna. His name was, Babruvahana or Babhruvahana, Arjuna’s own son! Babruvahana was […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Vikarna

    Usual knowledge of Mahabharata tells us that Kaurava’s were on the side of the Adharma. We all know what Duryodhana, Dushasana did. But it will be complete unjust with one Kaurava who always chose the side of Dharma, Vikarna! Vikarna is regarded as the best of the Kaurava’s. According to mentions in Mahabharata, Vikarna was third strongest […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Bhanumati

    Although she did not play any major role on the battlefield of Mahabharata, she played her role in the life of Duryodhana. Bhanumati was the wife of Duryodhana. She and Duryodhana had a son Lakshamana and a daughter Lakshamanaa. Bhanumati was daughter of Chitrangada, King of Kalinga. She did not play any major role in […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Duhsala

    Everyone knows that Gandhari had 100 sons. But, it is interesting to know that, Gandhari and Dhritarashtra also had a daughter. Her name was Duhsala or Dushala. Duhsala was youngest sister of Kaurava’s and Pandava’s. She was liked by everyone. She grew up under the guidance of Bhishma. She grew to be a very beautiful woman. […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Barbarika

    Very few people know Barbarika. Barbarika was the son of Ghatotkach (son of Bhima) and Mauravi (daughter of Muru, a Yadava King). Barbarika was a Yaksha in previous Life. Once Lord Brahma asked Lord Vishnu to take birth on earth to destroy evil. Then a Yaksha boasted that he alone is capable of destroying all […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Hanuman

    Wait!! ..Before you start frowning and closing this page .. please give a few seconds to state it clearly. Hanuman is also a character of Mahabharata. The first reference to Hunuman in Mahabharata comes in the time during the exile of Pandava’s. While roaming around the jungle in anger, Bhima sees that an old monkey […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Chitrangadaa

    Arjuna had four wives. Most of the people know only Draupadi and Subhadra. But, he had two more wives Uloopi and Chitrangadaa. When Arjuna was on the pilgrimage as penance, he went to farther northeastern Kingdoms of the Indian subcontinent. As mentioned in the story of Uloopi in the previous post, Arjuna entered the room […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Chitrangada

    A lot many people know about Vichitrvirya, son of Shantanu and Satyavati, but, very few people know that Vichitravirya was not the only son of the couple. Vichitravirya had an elder brother called Chitrangada. Very less is known about him. (Chitrangada must not be confused with Chitrangadaa the fourth wife of Arjuna) As according to […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Iravan

    Iravan, although played a smaller role in Mahabharata has a very interesting story. Iravan or Aravan as called in southern India was the son of Arjuna and Uloopi. He was a Naga prince and a fierce warrior. His life was not as dramatic as his death. Like his mother Uloopi, Iravan was also half human […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Uloopi

    Most of the people know Draupadi and Subhadra as wives of Arjuna. But in fact, Arjuna had four wives. Uloopi was amongst them. Uloopi played an important role in Arjuna’s life so did Iravan (son of Uloopi and Arjuna) When Arjuna breaks into the chamber of Draupadi when she is in company with his elder […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Yuyutsu

    Yuyutsu was the son of Dhritarashtra and a maid Sugadha who was Gandhari’s maid. Yuyutsu played a smaller but yet very relevant and important role in Mahabharata. Very few people know about this Dhritarashtra’s son. He has some similarity with Vidur. Both were dasiputra (sons of maid), both were loyal to Yudhishthira and both were […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Revati

    Revati is another least known character of Mahabharata. Although she had a lesser role in the plot as well, her story is indeed fascinating. Reference of Revati can be found in Bhagwat Purana and Garg Samhita as well. Revati was the daughter of King Kakudmi (or Raivata). Kakudmi was a king of the Solar clan or […]

  • Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Madhavi

    One of the most amazing stories in Mahabharata is the story of Madhavi. Yet very less known about her. Madhavi was the daughter of Yayati and an Apsara. Madhavi had divine powers to remain virgin forever. She was also destined to give birth to four brave and strong sons who were fit to rule the […]

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