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!
10. Yudhisthira: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. (img source: vedicgyaan.com)
9. Shakuni: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. (img source: indianetzone.com)
8. Dhritarashtra: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. (img source: utkarshspeak.blogspot.in)
7. Gandhari: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. (img source: kamyabology.com)
6. Dronacharya: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. (img source: columbia.edu)
5. Duryodhana: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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