Sanjaya or Sanjaya Gavalgani is a character from the ancient Indian poetic epic Mahabharata. In Mahabharata—an epic poem of war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas—the blind king Dhritarashtra is the father of the principals of the Kaurava side. Sanjaya, son of charioteer Gavalgana, is Dhritarashtra’s advisor and also his charioteer. Sanjaya was a disciple of sage Krishna Dwaipayana Veda Vyasa and was immensely devoted to his master, King Dhritarashtra. Sanjaya—who has the gift of seeing events at a distance almost 80 KM of the length (divya-drishti) right in front of him, granted by the sage Vyasa—narrates to Dhritarshtra the action in the climactic battle of Kurukshetra, which includes the Bhagavad Gita.
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Sandipani Muni was the guru of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. Near the asrama is the Gomti Kund, a stepped water tank. Legend has it that this is where Krishna summoned all the holy waters from various centres so that his elderly Guru, Sandipani Muni would not have to travel other holy places.
While staying as students at the residence of Sandipani Muni, the two brothers—Krishna and Balarama— and their friend, Sudama, mastered every single lesson, although only having been instructed in each once. Upon the rapid completion of their studies, they persuaded their teacher to ask for the preceptor’s daksina (his fee for providing instruction) of his own choosing. Sandipani asked for the restoration of his child, who had disappeared in the ocean at Prabhasa (on the Western Coast Gujarat state of India, close to Somnath temple). The two brothers traveled to Prabhasa and found that the son had been snatched away by a being named Sankhasura. He lived under the waters in the shape of a conch. Not finding the son within the conch, Sri Krishna and Balarama took the conch and went to Yama (who is also likely associated with Bootes), and blew the conch. Yama worshiped both of them saying, ‘O Visnu (One Who Pervades the Universe), disguised as a human being by way of Lila (play), what can we do for you both?’ Krishna replied: ‘Impelled by My command, O great ruler, fetch my guru’s son, who was brought here as a result of his own karma.’ Being brought back to life, they returned Sandipani’s son. It was thus in the process of rescuing his guru’s disciple from the clutches of Death-personified (Yama) that Sri Krishna acquired his famous conch, Panca-Jana, from Sankhasura.
Ekalavya worked as an archer of King Jarasandha. When Jarasandha planned to besiege Mathura, he was aided by Eklavya who was a skillful archer. Eklavya also helped Jarasandha and Shishupala by chasing Rukmini while she eloped with Krishna. After Jarasandha’s demise, Ekalavya sought to avenge him by campaigning to destroy Kuntibhoja and every Yadava in Dwarka. During the attack, he was slayed by Krishna. According to some legends Eklavya survived his battle against the yadavas and somehow reached the court of Duryodhan and was greeted by the prince. He is also said to have made Eklavya the king of all forests in hastinapur. Eklavya became a close friend of the crown prince. He was killed by Krishna who broke his skull from a rock when he tried to kill his son Samba under the order of Duryodhan.
Duryodhana remains jealous of Yudhishthira, especially after the Pandavas along with Krishna transform Khandavprastha to Indraprastha. Moreover, Yudhishthira performs the Rajasyua Yagna and gains the authority over several other kingdoms; Indraprastha’s prosperity and fame appear to exceed Hastinapura’s. Duryodhana is unable to contain his anger, which is intensified when Draupadi arrogantly taunts him about his father’s blindness when he slips into a pool of water during a visit to Indraprastha. A popular quote, from later versions of the Mahabharatha, is “a blind man’s son is blind”. In early versions of the story, Duryodhana is also motivated by the idea that no matter what, Hastinapur should not remain divided. Yudhishthira shares this belief; both know that eventually, a conflict will arise and the nation will be ultimately reunified.