By Swami Harshananda
Sañjaya was the Son of Govalgaṇa. Govalgaṇa was a minister and charioteer of the blind king Dhṛtarāṣṭra. Sañjaya is a well-known character in the great epic, the Mahābhārata. He used to stay most of the time with Dhṛtarāṣṭa. He had advised the blind king several times not to ill-treat or alienate the Pāṇḍavas but nobody headed to his advice.
Before the Kurukṣetra war, he had been sent to the Pāṇḍavas as a messenger of peace which was an entirely one-sided affair. But as per Kṛṣṇa’s advice, the Pāṇḍavas rejected it. He used to describe the whole war to the blind king with a running commentary since he had been specially endowed with a divine sight by the great sage Vyāsa. He lost it after the war was over.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore