Sahadeva

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By Swami Harshananda

Sahadeva

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.

He was—like Nakula—very handsome in appearance. An expert in taming horses and elephants, he was very good in taking care of 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 (of the Rāmāyaṇa fame) through Ghaṭotkaca (son of Bhīma in his wife Hiḍimbā).

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.

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: Śrutasena from Draupadī; Suhotra from Vijayā (daughter of Śalya). His third wife was Bhānumati (daughter of king Bhānu).

During the mahāprasthāna (final journey towards heaven) he died after Draupadī, the reason for early death being his pride about his intellectual powers.

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.

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

See also NAKULA and PĀNDAVAS.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

OLD CONTENT

By Swami Harshananda

Sahadeva

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.

He was—like Nakula—very handsome in appearance. An expert in taming horses and elephants, he was very good in taking care of cows.

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).

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.

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 Sakuni.

He was endowed with trikālajñāna or the special power of knowing the past, present and future.

He had two sons: Śrutasena from Draupadī; Suhotra from Vijayā (daughter of Salya). His third wife was Bhānumati (daughter of king Bhānu).

During the mahāprasthāna (final journey towards heaven) he died after Draupadī, the reason for early death being his pride about his intellectual powers.

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.

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

See also NAKULA and PĀNDAVAS.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

OLD CONTENT

Sahadeva 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. 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. 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). 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. 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 Sakuni. He was endowed with trikālajñāna or the special power of knowing the past, present and future. He had two sons: Śrutasena from Draupadī; Suhotra from Vijayā (daughter of Salya). His third wife was Bhānumati (daughter of king Bhānu). During the mahāprasthāna (final journey towards heaven) he died after Draupadī, the reason for early death being his pride about his intellectual powers. 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. The Bhāgavata also alludes to three Sahadevas, one being a demon and the other two, kings of solar dynasty. See also NAKULA and PĀNDAVAS.