Akshauhini

Posted on August 9, 2010

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It is said that the size of Pandavas‘ army in the Kurukshetra war was 7 akshauhinis, and those of Kauravas 11 akshauhinis.

An ‘Akshauhini‘ is a combination of certain count of of elephants, chariots, horses and foot-soldiers. The count is arrived as follows:

One elephant, one chariot, three horses and five foot soldiers form a Patti;Three Pattis form a Sena-Mukha; three Sena-Mukhas make a Gulma; three Gulmas a Gana; three Ganas a Vahini; three Vahinis a Pruthana; three Pruthanas a Chamu; three Chamus a Anikini; and ten Anikinis form a Akshauhini. Thus an Akshauhini, by calculation, contains 21,870 elephants, 21,870 chariots, 65,610 chariots, and 109,350 foot soldiers.

Name Elephants Chariots Horses Soldiers
Patti 1 1 3 5
Sena-mukha 3 3 9 15
Gulma 9 9 27 45
Gana 27 27 81 135
Vahini 81 81 243 405
Pŕtana 243 243 729 1215
Chamu 729 729 2187 3645
Anikini 2187 2187 6561 10935
Akshauhini 21870 21870 65610 109350
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