Abhimanyu – Hindu Warrior


Abhimanyu was the son of Arjuna and Subhadra. He was the nephew of Lord Krishna and was married to ttara, the princess of Matsya Kingdom. He was an incarnation of Varchas, son of Chandra. Abhimanyu was killed on the 13th day of the Kurukshetra War.

Abhimanyu possessed incomparable courage, valor and fighting ability. He was considered to be a warrior equal or perhaps superior to his father (Arjuna) owing to his prodigious feats. During the Mahabharata war as a sixteen-year-old Abhimanyu had equaled supreme warriors like Bhishma and Karna.

Abhimanyu was the reincarnation of the Varchas, son of the moon-god (Chandra). When the moon-god was asked to let his son incarnate himself on earth, he made a pact that his son will only remain on earth for 16 years as he could not bear to be separated from him.
Abhimanyu was also a scion of the Lunar dynasty and heir to the legends of such men as Bharata, Ajameedha, Kuru, and so on. His mother was Subhadra, a Yadava princess, on whose side too his ancestry could be traced to Yadu, the founder prince of the Yadava line and through him to the same legendary Puroorava, Nahusha and Yayati. And he was also the nephew of Krishna.

2.Kurukshetra War
Abhimanyu killing the famous warriors of Kaurava army Bhishma described Abhimanyu as a ‘leader of car-divisions’ during the tale of the Rathas and Atirathas. He was equal to his father Arjuna. On the 1st day of the war Abhimanyu defeated Kripa, Kritavarma, Salya and Durmukha (one of Duryodhana’s brothers). On the 4th day of the war Abhimanyu defeated Salya and Duryodhana’s son Lakshmana. On the 9th day, Abhimanyu defeated the Rakshasa Alamvusha in a single combat saving the lives of the Upapandavas and taking the revenge of the slaughter of his half-brother Iravan (Iravan was deceitfully killed by Alamvusha on the previous day’s battle). On the 11th day Abhimanyu defeated king Paurava (who possessed the might of 10,000 elephants) by disarming him and dragging him by seizing his hair. Jayadratha came to rescue the helpless king, but was defeated in a sword-fight by Abhimanyu.

3.Abhimanyu and Chakravyuha
Abhimanyu is often quoted as an example for his partial knowledge about Chakaravyuha. Since, he knew how to penetrate the Chakravyuha, but did not know how to exit from it during the time of danger, he could not exit and was killed brutally. It is said that when Subhadra was pregnant, Arjuna told her the technique to enter in Chakravyuha and child Abhimanyu listened in mother’s womb. But before Arjuna would tell her the way to get out she fell asleep and the child could not listen to it. This is often quoted as an example that foetus can hear the sound and pregnant lady should not hear or see anything which will create negative, sad, criminal movies or incidents. This is also quoted on how much partial knowledge can be destructive to an individual and society.

The news of Abhimanyu’s death reached his father Arjuna at the end of the day. Arjuna vowed to kill Jayadratha the very next day by sunset, and failing to do so, would commit suicide by self-immolation immediately. On the fourteenth day of battle, Arjuna ravaged the Kaurava army, decapitated Jayadratha in the end of the day.

Abhimanyu’s son, Parikshit, became the sole heir to the Pandava empire and succeeded Yudhishthira to the throne. His son, Parikshit, born after his death, remained the sole survivor of the Kuru clan at the conclusion of the Mahabharata war and carried on the Pandava lineage. Abhimanyu is often thought of as a very brave warrior on the Pandava side, willingly giving up his life in war at a very young age. Abhimanyu was praised for his audacious bravery and absolute loyalty to his father and his uncles.

The life of Abhimanyu is made into dramas and films in different languages. Paras Arora played the Abhimanyu Character in famous Mahabharat TV Series telecasted on Star Plus.He is currently portrayed by Meghan Jadhav in Suryaputra Karn aired on Sony Entertainment Television.

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