With downright magnitude and superfluous philosophical depth, Mahabharata is a mega saga which comprises the essence of war, politics, religion, parenting, ethics and Dharma . This grand epic is all about the friction between two collateral branches of the Kuru clan to overpower the throne of Hastinapur. You’ll become tongue-tied after witnessing the vivid records of fundamental philosophers, mighty warriors, cryptical thinkers, sages and devoted wives of this heroic tale. We’re counting down top 10 characters of Mahabharata with cognition of Yato Dharma Tato Jayah (where there is righteousness, there shall be victory). May these characters inspire you!
Yudhisthira is a terribly troubled yet harmless-soul character of the worming epic Mahabharata. Also known as “Dharmaraj”, Yudhisthira has a great attachment with morality, truth, commitment and righteousness. His innocent and non-aggressive traits are indeed eye-catching, but it is a matter of fact that he can’t take even the slightest political decision by his own because he lacks the decision-making prowess and is tremendously addicted to the consultations offered by Krishna, Arjuna and Bhima. He gambled like a slack and cheerfully-irresponsible player, and lost his entire kingdom as well as Draupadi to the Kauravas; yet he enjoys our respectfulness.
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Sure enough, Shakuni is one of the most scorned personalities in Hindu mythology. Brother of Gandhari and a proficient king-maker, Shakuni is considered as the great-grandfather of all gamblers throughout the existence of planet earth. He is the person who poisoned the mind of his explosive nephew Duryodhan and fueled-up the destructive war of Mahabharata, thus becoming the cause of the destruction of the Kauravas.
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Dhritrashtra is one of the dominating characters of Mahabharta who has a very low self-esteem and believes that his blindness is a curse, making him unfit to rule. It’s depicted in Mahabharta that Dhritarashtra has a great envy against his brother Pandu and his paragon advices for the betterment of Kuru dynasty. It was Dhritrashtra’s emotional blindness and rapacious look towards the throne which made his son Duryodhana a hot-headed and egocentric human being.
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A blindfolded mother of a hundred sons, a puppet for her blind husband, and a lady who died every moment she lived; Gandhari is undisputably the wisest female character of the Mahabharata. Gandhari is a lady of immense natural power and always favors Dharma. One by one, she witnessed her hundred sons going down like skittles, but she never left the domain of righteousness and refused her own son to wish victory into the battlefield.
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The royal guru to Pandavas and Kauravas and a ferocious warrior of tremendous combating skills, Guru Dronacharya is a significant character of Mahabharata. Committed to protect the realm of Hastinapur, Guru Dronacharya supported the Kauravas and remained firm like an inexorable hero in the battle of Kurukshetra where casualties went beyond the human imagination and corpses got piled up, becoming the food for the birds.
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Duryodhana is a massively strong leader, a magnificent warrior and an epitome of friendship, but in Mahabharata, he stands at one side of a gulf which is seemingly unbridgeable between the parameters of good and evil. Indeed, Duryodhana belongs to the evil side of the gulf, holding the traits of greed and jealousy to a specific magnitude, but here one must remember that Duryodhana is known for his hospitality, bigheartedness and benevolence. And these traits are enough to mark him as a real ‘Kshatriya’. Moreover, he can’t be labelled with the “bad boy” term in the case when Draupadi was disrobed, because in the game of dice, Pandavas were also to blame.
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A gallant warrior and a skilled archer, best known for stringing numbers of arrows in a fraction of second and that with deadly accuracy, Arjun is a Pandava prince as well as the most adorable disciple of Guru Drona. Enlightened with the cognition of selfless action, the character of Arjun in Mahabharata teaches what you should do while confronting an abominable moral crisis. Diverting our minds from the sensual pleasures of the world, he instructs that rather than celebrating the good fortune or crying over the bad, you have to be always joyful as it is the very foundation for daily living.
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Apart from being the most lovable of all Gods in India, Lord Krishna can also be seen as the biggest political reformer from the Mahabharata who can easily beat even the modern-day diplomats man-to-man. No one can describe Lord Krishna in words; he excels in everything. But if one keeps his Godly image out and brings him at par to the level of any other human, Krishna remains the coolest and wittiest character ever. In the Mahabharata, Krishna goes around doing his deeds in a manner justifying his birth as an avatar and fulfilling the promises he made in upholding righteousness.
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Karna–the central character and one of the unsung heroes of the Mahabharata–is an invincible warrior despite of being an ill-fated prince ever since his birth. Throughout the epic he justified his never-say-die attitude and courageously confronted all the odds of his destiny. His character in Mahabharata has an everlasting fame because he teaches how can one present himself better than the destiny and accomplish everything with shatterproof determination.
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1. Bhishma Pitamah:
Sentinel of the prosperity of Hastinapur and a great combatant in classic sense, Bhishma Pitamah is the most potent character of the Mahabharata as well as the finest illustration of ethics and fairness. The oldest stalwart of the kingdom of Hastinapur; Bhishma Pitamah’s personal life was full of frustration and solitariness, but for others he was a disciplined spartan and an embodiment of loyalty and truth. Bhishma Pitamah’s peerless statesmanship and other impeccable characteristics still inspire his ardent followers across the world.