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In Hinduism

Kathā (narrative stories)

Abhimanyu (अभिमन्यु) was the son of Arjuna, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 9. He had a son named Parīkṣit. The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’) is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta’s quest to become the emperor of the Vidhyādharas. The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

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Kathās (कथा) are special kind of Sanskrit literature: they are a kind of a mix between Itihāsa (historical legends) and Mahākāvya (epic poetry). Some Kathās reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of the historical deeds of the Gods, sages and heroes.


1a) Abhimanyu (अभिमन्यु).—A son of Arjuna and Subhadrā. Wife Uttarā. Conqueror of atirathas.1 Famous for valour even as a boy. Father of Parīkṣit.2 Drauṇi wanted to destroy his seed in embryo. Kṛṣṇa frustrated this attempt.3 Taken by Kṛṣṇa to Dvāraka.4 Slew Bṛhadbala in the Bhārata war.4 Went with Kṛṣṇa to Upaplāvya to see the Pāṇḍavas.5 Killed by Saindhava.6 A rathī;7 considered as god.8

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 33. Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 178; Matsya-purāṇa 50. 56; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 20. 51;
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 4. 9. Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 20. 52.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 3. 17.
  • 4) Ib. X. 64 [11].
  • 5) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 78. [16 (V) 4].
  • 6) Ib. X. 78. [30].
  • 7) Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 176; 99. 249.
  • 8) Vāyu-purāṇa 31. 7.

1b) A son of Cākṣuṣa Manu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 80, 107; Matsya-purāṇa 4. 42; Vāyu-purāṇa 62. 68, 91.

1c) A sage of the second Sāvarṇa epoch.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 71.

1d) A son of Manu and Naḍvalā.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 13. 5.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Abhimanyu (अभिमन्यु): Son of Arjuna and Subhadra who was married to Uttara, daughter of King Virata. He was deceitfully killed by the Kauravas during Kurukshetra.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Abhimanyu was the the son of Arjuna and Subhadra, the sister of Krishna. When he was still in his womb, he listened to his father talk about war to his mother. This was how he learned the method for breaking into the Chakra-Vyuha. This formation was very difficult to pierce and the method for countering it was known to very few. Abhimanyu never learned how to break out of it, for Krishna interrupted Arjuna at this moment, and the subject was dropped.

He was only sixteen years old when the battle of Kurukshetra was fought. While his father Arjuna had been lured away to fight the Shamsapthakas (100 warriors who had sworn either to kill Arjuna or die trying), Drona had arrayed the Kaurava army in the Chakra-Vyuha, attempting to win the battle by capturing the Pandava king Yudhishtra. In desperation, for no one other than Arjuna or Abhimanyu could break this formation, the Pandava warriors asked the young prince to lead them.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

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