The incarnation of Abhimanyu

Posted on May 2, 2010


Abhimanyu was the incarnation of Varchas, the son of Soma (the Moon-God).

Once the celestial deities together decided to incarnate on earth to fight the Asuras who had taken birth among humans.  Among them, Soma agreed to have his beloved son Varchas incarnate on earth; but due to the attachment towards his son, he asked for his son’s return after just 16 years.  He also ordained that Varchas will

– be born unto the incarnation of Nara (Arjuna) himself
– revive the almost-extinct Kuru race (which happened through Abhimnayu’s son Parikshit and grandson Janamejaya)
– meet his end in an encounter where Nara & Narayana will have no role to play
– render dead a fourth of the hostile army in the above encounter (thus Abhimanyu met his end when he was just 16)

Source: Mbh 1.67

Abhimanyu greets his mother Subhadra (circa 1850; Source: LACMA)