The 18 days war of Kurukshetra did played havoc and many lost their lives. Sure there are few who would have survived and lived past it. Out of those who other prominent personalities lived past that event?

For sure, I know these: Pandavas, Krishna, Ashwathama, Krupar. Who else?

Edit: Any idea about Jambhavan who lived across yugas right from Trivikrama period to Mahabaratha?

Also, Parasurama seems to appear in Ramayana and in Mahabaratha (who fought with Bhisma on request from Amba/Ambalika). These two were reminded when I stumbled on this page.

Then is the Sage Vyas who I could see in Mausala Parva at the end.

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    After your edit it seems that, you want to know all the important characters survived rather than just the war survivors. That list can be quite long as: Dhritarashtra, Vidura, Vyasa, Balarama, Parashurama, Sanjaya, Adhiratha, Kunti, Gandhari, Draupadi, Dushala, Rukmin-Rukmini ... and even Parikshit. Regarding Jambhavan, there should be a different question, I feel. – iammilind Sep 4 '15 at 12:40

Listing only those important warriors who participated and survived the war:


  • Krishna
  • Yudhishthira, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula, Sahadeva
  • Satyaki
  • Yuyutsu


  • Ashwathama (said to be still alive)
  • Kripacharya (said to be still alive)
  • Kritvarma
  • Vrishaketu (Karna's son)

Though there are many sources for this in internet, I would cite this Wikipedia article on the Mahabharata War for reference.

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    You should cite sources. By the way, this list is not just the important warriors, it's all the warriors. All the unimportant warriors on both sides died. – Keshav Srinivasan Sep 4 '15 at 9:52
  • @KeshavSrinivasan, edited. I wrote important warriors, because while reading Mahabarata, at many places I read that many of the troops (battalions) fled at various occasions at both the sides. We never know, how many of them returned later to get killed :) – iammilind Sep 4 '15 at 10:13
  • Just while reading something else, I stumbled on Jaambhavaan. It is sure he crossed Krishnavatar (Jambhavai, Semandhaga mani etc are the results). It is also known that he is very old existing from the Trivikrama time. Was there any mention about Jaambhavaan in the war or after it? – Narayanan Sep 4 '15 at 10:41
  • @Narayanan, I don't have knowledge on Jaambhavaan except his wikipedia article. – iammilind Sep 4 '15 at 11:48
  • @iammilind When it says they fled, it just means they left the front lines, not that they quit the battlefield entirely. – Keshav Srinivasan Sep 6 '15 at 11:14

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