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Vyuha generally means an arrangement. So chakra vyuha means the arrangement of soldiers in the form of a wheel. This was an old warfare technique like garuda vyuha, makara vyuh, mandala vyuh etc. Chakra vyuh being hard to penetrate Drona chose it on the thirteenth day of war when Abhimanyu got killed. Abhimanyu failed to break it because he had not learnt ...


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First of all, Krishna couldn't have intervened and saved him directly, because he had taken a vow not to fight. Second of all, Krishna and Arjuna were busy fighting Susharma at the time, while the rest of the Pandava army couldn't get to Abhimanyu because they were blocked by Duhsala's husband Jayadratha (which is why Arjuna took revenge on Jayadratha ...


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Why didn't Abhimanyu break out of Chakravyuh As the story goes in Mahabharata, in their bed time Arjun was narrating a very ingenious Yyuha to his wife Subhadra. Subhadra was at that time expecting and she had Abhimanyu in her womb. Subhadra was all vigilant during the first part of the narration which involved entering the Vyuha, but during the latter ...


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How exactly did the killing of Abhimanyu violate the agreed-upon rules of war? To know the answer first it is necessary to know the what were the set of rules that were setup before war. There were certain rules mentioned in Mahabharata, Book 6: Bhishma Parva: SECTION I. Then the Kurus, the Pandavas, and the Somakas made certain covenants, and settled ...


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I discuss in this answer the age of various Mahabharata characters. In particular, Bhishma was 140 years old at the time of the Mahabharata war. Now as you can see in this web page, Abhimanyu was born 12 years after Yudhishthira's coronation in Indraprastha, and Yudhishthira was coronated at the age of 46. So since (as I discuss in that answer) ...


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He then killed the horses of Dussasana's son, and they met in a mace fight where Abhimanyu died in a fair fight. No, it was not fair fight. As per Mahabharata: Drona Parva: Abhimanyu-badha Parva, soon before it, a group attack happened (as mentioned in your question) where Karna cutt off Abhimanyu's bow, Kritavarman slew his steeds, Kripa slew his two ...


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How exactly did the killing of Bhishma violate the agreed-upon rules of war? One (or maybe two) on one - Bhishma was a Maharathi or something - I believe they can be attacked by many at the same time. Was there a rule that he was not supposed to fight a man ? Because Shikhandi, the challenger was a man when he challenged. Bhishma had a random self-imposed ...


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This appears to be what has been described to me orally as an "Akshaya Swastika", or never-ending swastika. Would be very curious to know more about this location and it's history! The only relevant online reference that I could find was this - https://roots.sg/learn/collections/listing/1117493 The key difference between your image and the one described ...


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Actually the stay in heaven is too brief. After that Karna joined Surya. Bhima was one of the Maruts. Bhishma was one of the Vasus. Drona a part of Brihaspati. Twins joined Ashwinis. Arjuna attained Vaikunta. Abhimanyu joined Soma (Chandra dev). Gandhari, Dhritarashtra etc. became Gandharvas. All are liberated. The Mahabharata, Book 18: Svargarohanika Parva:...


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Lord Krishna was an avatar of God Vishnu.The establishment of Dharma{Right Order},was the main task of Lord Krishna,in the Mahabharata war.Being an avatar of God,he was fair to everyone and partial to none,during the war.Lord Krishna was there to save "Dharma" and not any warrior. in particular. Arjuna was the agent or means of establishing Dharma,{ by way ...


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As per The Mahabharata, Book 1: Adi Parva: Sambhava Parva: Section LXVII: And he who was known as the mighty Varchas, the son of Soma, became Abhimanyu of wonderful deeds, the son of Arjuna. And before his incarnation, the god Soma had said these words to the celestials, 'I cannot give (part with) my son. He is dearer to me than life itself. Let ...


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I haven't heard about the version you wrote, but there are other 2 versions also famous. Both suggest that Abhimanyu was belonging to "Raakshasha" (Demon like) clan. A defeated demon entering Subhadra's womb According the Bheel Mahabharata, Krishna had captured this Danava and he entered Subhadra's womb. The danava was extremely strong & mighty (may be ...


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Abhimanyu’s untimely death is attributed to his enmity with Lord Krishna in his previous birth. Abhimanyu in his previous birth was known as Abhikasura a demon. He was a friend of King Kans who left no stone unturned to kill his nephew Krishna. After Krishna killed Kans, Abhikasura vowed to take revenge on the former. Krishna, sensing the moves of the demon, ...


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