Browsing All posts tagged under »Parikshit«

The curse on Parikshit & the forgiveness of rishi Shamika

June 26, 2010

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It is well known that Parikshit, the son of Abhimanyu and grandson of Arjuna, was cursed to die within seven days when he insulted an innocent rishi by placing a dead snake on the rishi’s shoulder. The curse was however not pronounced by the rishi himself, but by his son. The incident happened when Parikshit […]

The Revenge of Takshaka and Aswasena on Arjuna

June 22, 2010

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When Arjuna and Krishna assisted Agni in the burning the Khandava forest, the wife of Snake Takshaka perished in the fire.  Takshaka’s son Aswasena, however escaped. (ref: The burning of the Khandava forest). After this incident, Aswasena moved to the nether world and lived there. During the Kurukshetra war, when Karna was battling Arjuna, Aswasena […]

Profile: Abhimanyu

May 8, 2010

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Abhimanyu was the son of Arjuna and Subhadra. He – was the incarnation of Varchas, the son of Soma (the Moon-God) (Mbh 1.67). – when born, had the rituals related to his birth performed by Krishna himself  (Mbh 1.222) – had a broad face like the hood of a snake (Mbh 1.222) – lived in […]

The incarnation of Abhimanyu

May 2, 2010

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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 […]

Kurukshetra wars – Survivors and the aftermath

March 31, 2010

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The 10 warriors who survived the war include 7 from the Pandavas (Krishna, 5 Pandavas and Sathyaki) and 3 from the Kauravas (Aswattama, Kripa and Kritavarma) (Source: Mbh 9.1) Sathyaki and Kritavarma were from the Vrishni race. Many years after the war, these two warriors got into a brawl against each other that inadvertently led […]