Bŗhannalā

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Brhannala, BRhannalA, Brrihannalaa


  1. with a large tube/ reed
  2. the pseudonym adopted by Arjuna, when he took on the identity, personality and guise of a transgender, or a third-gender, court performer and a teacher of dance and music, during the period of disguised exile during the Pāndavas’ stay at the palace of King Virāţa (M. Bh.).