By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Subhadra, SubhadrA, Subhadraa
Subhadrā was the daughter of Vasudeva and Devakī, and the younger sister of Kṛṣṇa. Arjuna, the Pāṇḍava hero and Subhadrā were in love with each other. Since Balarāma, the elder brother of Kṛṣṇa was against their marriage, Kṛṣṇa worked out a stratagem by which they eloped. Later on they were married.
Abhimanyu was her son. He was an extraordinarily brave warrior and was ruthlessly killed by the Kauravas by unethical means, in the Kurukṣetra war. After the war, she went to Dvārakā to live with her brothers. She is one of the three deities worshiped in the Jagannāth temple at Purī.
- Purī is in Orissa.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore