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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Uttara, UttarA, Uttaraa

Uttarā was the daughter of the king Virāṭa, the ruler of Matsyadeśa. She was taught the arts of music and dancing by Bṛhannalā.[1] She was later married to Abhimanyu the son of Subhadrā and Arjuna. When Abhimanyu was killed in the Kurukṣetra war she was pregnant, carrying the future king Parīkṣit. Though Parīkṣit was killed by Aśvatthāma, Kṛṣṇa by his divine powers revived him.


  1. Bṛhannalā was actually Arjuna in the disguise of a eunuch during the ajñātavāsa, living incognito in the palace of Virāṭa.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore