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Sahadeva was the last of the five Pāṇḍavas. Nakula and Sahadeva were the twins born to Mādrī<ref>Mādrī was the second wife of the king [[Pāṇḍu]].</ref> by the grace of the [[Aśvinī]][[devatās]]. Like Nakula he was very handsome in appearance. An expert in taming horses and elephants, he was very good in taking care of the cows. Before the Rājasūya sacrifice, he toured the southern countries to conquer their kings and collect ransoms for the sacrifice. He is said to have collected the ransom even from Vibhīṣaṇa<ref>Vibhīṣaṇa was Rāvana's younger brother.</ref> through Ghaṭotkaca.<ref>He was the son of [[Bhīma]] in his wife Hiḍimbā.</ref>
  
Sahadeva was the last of the five Pāṇḍavas. Nakula and Sahadeva were twins born to Mādrī (the second wife of the king Pāṇḍu) by the grace of the Aśvinīdevatās.
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During the sacrifice, he had the privilege of performing the agrapūjā<ref>Agrapūjā is the [[worship]] of the greatest person present.</ref> to Śrī Kṛṣṇa as per the advice of the grandsire Bhīṣma. When the Pāṇḍavas were living incognito at the palace of the king Virāta, he had assumed the name Tantripāla and was in charge of the king’s dairy. In the Kurukṣetra battle, he killed the villain [[Śakuni]]. He was endowed with trikālajñāna or the special power of knowing the past, present and future. He had two sons:
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# Śrutasena from [[Draupadī]]
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# Suhotra from Vijayā<ref>She was the daughter of [[Śalya]].</ref>
  
He was—like Nakula—very handsome in appearance. An expert in taming horses and elephants, he was very good in taking care of cows.
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His third wife was Bhānumati.</ref>She was the daughter of king [[Bhānu]].</ref> During the [[mahāprasthāna]]<ref>[[Mahāprasthāna]] means the final journey towards heaven.</ref> he died after [[Draupadī]], the reason for early death being his pride about his intellectual powers. The Mahā[[bhārata]] mentions three more Sahadevas. They are:
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# The first was a great sage attached to the royal court of Indra, the king of gods.
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# The second was a king in ancient India.
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# The third was the son of [[Jarāsandha]]<ref>[[Jarāsandha]] was the emperor of [[Magadha]].</ref> who succeeded him after his death at the hands of [[Bhīma]].
  
Before the Rājasūya sacrifice, he toured the southern countries to conquer their kings and collect ransoms for the sacrifice. He is said to have collected the ransom even from Vibhīṣaṇa (of the Rāmāyaṇa fame) through Ghaṭotkaca (son of Bhīma in his wife Hiḍimbā).
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The [[Bhāgavata]] also alludes to three Sahadevas, one being a demon and the other two, kings of solar dynasty.
 
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During the sacrifice he had the privilege of performing the agrapūjā (worship of the greatest person present) to Srī Kṛṣṇa as per the advice of the grandsire Bhīṣma.
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When the Pāṇḍavas were living incognito at the palace of the king Virāta,
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he had assumed the name Tantripāla and was in charge of the king’s dairy.
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In the Kurukṣetra battle, he killed the villain Śakuni.
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He was endowed with trikālajñāna or the special power of knowing the past, present and future.
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He had two sons: Śrutasena from Draupadī; Suhotra from Vijayā (daughter of Śalya). His third wife was Bhānumati (daughter of king Bhānu).
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During the mahāprasthāna (final journey towards heaven) he died after Draupadī, the reason for early death being his pride about his intellectual powers.
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The Mahābhārata mentions three more Sahadevas. The first was a great sage attached to the royal court of Indra, the king of gods. The second was a king in ancient India. The third was the son of Jarāsandha (the emperor of Magadha) who succeeded him after his death at the hands of Bhīma.
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The Bhāgavata also alludes to three Sahadevas, one being a demon and the other two, kings of solar dynasty.
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See also NAKULA and PĀNDAVAS.
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==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
== OLD CONTENT ==
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<small>By Swami Harshananda</small>
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Sahadeva
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
 
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Sahadeva was the last of the five Pāṇḍavas. Nakula and Sahadeva were twins born to Mādrī (the second wife of the king Pāṇḍu) by the grace of the Aśvinīdevatās.
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He was—like Nakula—very handsome in appearance. An expert in taming horses and elephants, he was very good in taking care of cows.
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Before the Rājasuya sacrifice, he toured the southern countries to conquer their kings and collect ransoms for the sacrifice. He is said to have collected the ransom even from Vibhīṣaṇa (of the Rāmāyaṇa fame) through Ghaṭotkaca (son of Bhīma in his wife Hiḍimbā).
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During the sacrifice he had the privilege of performing the agrapujā (worship of the greatest person present) to Srī Kṛṣṇa as per the advice of the grandsire Bhīṣma.
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When the Pāṇḍavas were living incognito at the palace of the king Virāta,
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he had assumed the name Tantripāla and was in charge of the king’s dairy.
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In the Kurukṣetra battle, he killed the Sakuni.
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He was endowed with trikālajñāna or the special power of knowing the past, present and future.
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He had two sons: Śrutasena from Draupadī; Suhotra from Vijayā (daughter of Salya). His third wife was Bhānumati (daughter of king Bhānu).
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During the mahāprasthāna (final journey towards heaven) he died after Draupadī, the reason for early death being his pride about his intellectual powers.
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The Mahābhārata mentions three more Sahadevas. The first was a great sage attached to the royal court of Indra, the king of gods. The second was a king in ancient India. The third was the son of Jarāsandha (the emperor of Magadha) who succeeded him after his death at the hands of Bhīma.
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The Bhāgavata also alludes to three Sahadevas, one being a demon and the other two, kings of solar dynasty.
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See also NAKULA and PĀNDAVAS.
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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== OLD CONTENT ==
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Sahadeva
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Sahadeva was the last of the five Pāṇḍavas. Nakula and Sahadeva were twins born to Mādrī (the second wife of the king Pāṇḍu) by the grace of the Aśvinīdevatās.
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He was—like Nakula—very hand¬some in appearance. An expert in taming horses and elephants, he was very good in taking care of cows.
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Before the Rājasuya sacrifice, he toured the southern countries to conquer their kings and collect ransoms for the sacrifice. He is said to have collected the ransom even from Vibhīṣaṇa (of the Rāmāyaṇa fame) through Ghaṭotkaca (son of Bhīma in his wife Hiḍimbā).
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During the sacrifice he had the privilege of performing the agrapujā (worship of the greatest person present) to Srī Kṛṣṇa as per the advice of the grandsire Bhīṣma.
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When the Pāṇḍavas were living incognito at the palace of the king Virāta,
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he had assumed the name Tantripāla and was in charge of the king’s dairy. In the Kurukṣetra battle, he killed the villain Sakuni.
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He was endowed with trikālajñāna or the special power of knowing the past, present and future.
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He had two sons: Śrutasena from Draupadī; Suhotra from Vijayā (daughter of Salya). His third wife was Bhānumati (daughter of king Bhānu).
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During the mahāprasthāna (final journey towards heaven) he died after Draupadī, the reason for early death being his pride about his intellectual powers.
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The Mahābhārata mentions three more Sahadevas. The first was a great sage attached to the royal court of Indra, the king of gods. The second was a king in ancient India. The third was the son of Jarāsandha (the emperor of Magadha) who succeeded him after his death at the hands of Bhīma.
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The Bhāgavata also alludes to three Sahadevas, one being a demon and the other two, kings of solar dynasty.
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See also NAKULA and PĀNDAVAS.
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Latest revision as of 05:05, 18 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sahadeva was the last of the five Pāṇḍavas. Nakula and Sahadeva were the twins born to Mādrī[1] by the grace of the Aśvinīdevatās. Like Nakula he was very handsome in appearance. An expert in taming horses and elephants, he was very good in taking care of the cows. Before the Rājasūya sacrifice, he toured the southern countries to conquer their kings and collect ransoms for the sacrifice. He is said to have collected the ransom even from Vibhīṣaṇa[2] through Ghaṭotkaca.[3]

During the sacrifice, he had the privilege of performing the agrapūjā[4] to Śrī Kṛṣṇa as per the advice of the grandsire Bhīṣma. When the Pāṇḍavas were living incognito at the palace of the king Virāta, he had assumed the name Tantripāla and was in charge of the king’s dairy. In the Kurukṣetra battle, he killed the villain Śakuni. He was endowed with trikālajñāna or the special power of knowing the past, present and future. He had two sons:

  1. Śrutasena from Draupadī
  2. Suhotra from Vijayā[5]

His third wife was Bhānumati.</ref>She was the daughter of king Bhānu.</ref> During the mahāprasthāna[6] he died after Draupadī, the reason for early death being his pride about his intellectual powers. The Mahābhārata mentions three more Sahadevas. They are:

  1. The first was a great sage attached to the royal court of Indra, the king of gods.
  2. The second was a king in ancient India.
  3. The third was the son of Jarāsandha[7] who succeeded him after his death at the hands of Bhīma.

The Bhāgavata also alludes to three Sahadevas, one being a demon and the other two, kings of solar dynasty.


References

  1. Mādrī was the second wife of the king Pāṇḍu.
  2. Vibhīṣaṇa was Rāvana's younger brother.
  3. He was the son of Bhīma in his wife Hiḍimbā.
  4. Agrapūjā is the worship of the greatest person present.
  5. She was the daughter of Śalya.
  6. Mahāprasthāna means the final journey towards heaven.
  7. Jarāsandha was the emperor of Magadha.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore