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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 part ...


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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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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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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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Yes, scriptures mention that a child in womb can learn and even speak. One such story is mentioned in Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva: Tirtha-yatra Parva: SECTION CXXXII. According to above story, Ashtavakra was the son of Kahoda and Sujata (daughter of Uddalaka). Ashtavakra spoke to his father while in fetal state. "Lomasa said, The sage Uddalaka had a ...


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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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It's just folklore. There is no mention of this story in the Mahabharata. In Drona Parva, Abhimanyu simply says that his father Arjuna taught him how to break into the chakravyuha: Yudhishthira placed that heavy and unbearable burden on the son of Subhadra. Addressing Abhimanyu ... the king said, 'O child, act in such a way that Arjuna, returning (from the ...


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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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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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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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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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Abhimanyu was killed in a fair war if we read the scenario of whole war. He had a lot of advantage in the war. Let's read about his advantages and later we I crush the misconception regarding the war. Advantages of Abhimanyu He was under the protection of a celestial armour protecting him from the attacks of warriors. Abhimanyu is young, his prowess is ...


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While I have already an accepted answer, I'd like to share another incident I came across and that too from Mahabharata. Here too the foetus gets cursed for speaking out of turn. From Mahabharata's Sambhava Parva Section CIV There was in olden days a wise Rishi of the name of Utathya. He had a wife of the name Mamata whom he dearly loved. One day Utathya's ...


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The story you have heard is narrated in Telugu Folk Additions to Mahābhārata by T. V. Subba Rao, so most likely it's folklore: VIII. The Reason for the Death of Abhimanyu: Abhimanyu was the nephew of Sri Krishna who was none other than the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was the son of Arjuna, the greatest hero on the earth. Even then Abhimanyu ...


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