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It is true that 3 sons of Arjuna, 2 sons of Bhima and 1 son of Nakula, Sahadeva and Yudhishthira died. But as I know, Bhima, Yudhishthira, Nakula and Sahadeva had more children who did not participate in Kurukshetra and therefore were still alive.

My question is, why was Parikshit chosen as the heir of Yudhishthira and not another son of the latter or another son of Bhima, Nakula and Sahadeva?

  • If I'm not wrong, when Ashwathama used Brahmastra to kill Parikshit in womb, Krishna told Parikshit will be the king and will rule over! Will try to find reference! – Akshay S Jan 12 at 2:16
  • But why did he say it? That would contradict the cause of the quarrel between Duryodhana and Yudhishthira about who would rule Hastinapura – Gabriel Alexander Gonzalez Agu Jan 12 at 2:26
  • "Lord Krishna probably decided that someone from the lineage of Arjuna would be a more appropriate heir, after King Yudhishthira (the son of the Dharma) and would organize things." But would not it be better for older people who have more experience in those kinds of subjects than someone younger than them? In addition, logically, the current major must be the heir if the logic of the case of Yudhishthira-Duryodhana is followed. – Gabriel Alexander Gonzalez Agu Jan 12 at 3:28
  • abhimanyu, ghatotkcha and iravan died in mahabharata. babhruvahana was adopted by his maternal grandfather and thus was his successor. so, who were those alive sons? – Lakhi Jan 12 at 3:57
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    Eventough sons of bheema and Arjuna are alive they have not participated in war there by they loses right to rule according to dharmashastra kastriya main job to defend the land abhimanyu lost his life so his son is choosen aswhatta that is by knowing this rule hit unborn son – Prasanna R Jan 12 at 9:59

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