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After hearing the details of Abhimanyu’s death, Arjuna vowed to kill Jayadratha the very next day by sunset, and failing to do so, promised to immediately commit suicide by self-immolation. On the fourteenth day of battle, Arjuna ravaged the Kaurava army, decapitating Jayadratha by the end of the day.

The kaurava supremo Dronacharya planned to divert Arjuna and Krishna away to chase an army of the samsaptakhas whom Arjuna defeated that very day. The Kaurava army was grouped into the giant discus formation, which caused great loss for the pandavas. If the formation continued till end of that day, the pandavas would have no army by sunset. The only 2 people on the pandava army who completely knew about how to enter and break this formation were Arjuna and Krishna, who were away. Hence, without option, all other pandava generals turned to Abhimanyu, Arjuna’s son. Abhimanyu’s story came to prominence when he entered the powerful Chakravyuha battle formation of the Kaurava army, Abhimanyu claimed that he could decimate the entire kaurava and pandava army in a fair combat. Abhimanyu was trained in all types of warfare by Lord Krishna and Arjuna themselves, and later by pradyumna (sri krishna’s son). Abhimanyu learnt the art of breaking into the chakravyuha when he was in subhadra’s womb, It was when arjuna was narrating the art of breaking into chakravyuh to Subhadra. But he did not know how to destroy the formation once he was inside, as krishna had stopped the conversation and taken away arjuna.

As soon as Abhimanyu entered the formation, Jayadrath, the ruler of sindh blocked the other pandavas, so that abhimanyu was left alone. Jayadrath, who had been humiliated by the pandavas 5 years ago, had made severe penance and got a boon from lord shiva himself that: Jayadrath can completely hold back and counter-power, any army (except Arjuna and Krishna) for one single day of war. Inside the Chakravyuha, the trapped Abhimanyu went on a killing rampage, intending on carrying out the original strategy by himself and killing tens of thousands of Kaurava soldiers. He defeated great warriors like Drona & Kripa, who did play with full might and then, Ashwatthama, Duryodhana, Salya, Dussasana, Bhurisrava and killed many prominent heroes including Duryodhana’s son Lakshmana, Salya’s son Rukmaratha, Kritavarma’s son Matrikavata, Salya’s brother, King Brihadbala and many others.[6][better source needed] Karna was the last standing great warrior who could over-power abhimanyu. But since abbhimanyu was just a teenager, karna did not use his full might against him, and was fighting in an equal challenge. Finally, a strategy was formed and a joint attack on Abhimanyu followed. Karna cut off Abhimanyu’s bow and stopped his attack, Kripa killed his two chariot-drivers, and Kritavarma killed his horses; Abhimanyu took up a sword and a shield but these weapons were cut off by Drona and Ashwathama (though in other versions of the story, the perpetrators change while the acts remain the same). Abhimanyu then took up a chariot-wheel and threw it at Drona, but Kripa and Aswatthama saved Drona by cutting the wheel. With variations depending on the version of the story, Abhimanyu continues to fight, picking up discarded weapons as he requires. In one prominent ending, Abhimanyu wages war with a chariot-wheel killing hundreds of warriors; he is killed when numerous warriors simultaneously attack him from all sides after which Abhimanyu and Laxman Kumara engage into a mace fight and get unconscious at the same time. Laxman Kumara wakes early and hits Abhimanyu on his head, thus killing him. After his death, Jayadratha comes up and kicks his body apart to confirm his death, thus infuriating Abhimanyu’s father Arjuna to take a vow of either his death or Jaydratha’s.

Abhimanyu was trained in all types of warfare by Lord Krishna and Arjuna themselves, and later by pradyumna (sri krishna’s son). Abhimanyu learnt the art of breaking into the chakravyuha when he was in subhadra’s womb, It was when arjuna was narrating the art of breaking into chakravyuh to Subhadra. But he did not know how to destroy the formation once he was inside, as krishna had stopped the conversation and taken away arjuna.

Abhimanyu was the reincarnation of son of moon-god(Chandra). When the moon-god was asked to let his son incarnate himself on earth, he made a pact that his son will only remain on earth for 16 years as he could not bear to be separated from him.

The Pandavas, who had ruled their kingdom meanwhile, decide to renounce everything. Clad in skins and rags they retire to the Himalaya and climb towards heaven in their bodily form. A stray dog travels with them. One by one the brothers and Draupadi fall on their way. As each one stumbles, Yudhishthira gives the rest the reason for their fall (Draupadi was partial to Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva were vain and proud of their looks, and Bhima and Arjuna were proud of their strength and archery skills, respectively). Only the virtuous Yudhishthira, who had tried everything to prevent the carnage, and the dog remain. The dog reveals himself to be the god Yama (also known as Yama Dharmaraja), and then takes him to the underworld where he sees his siblings and wife. After explaining the nature of the test, Yama takes Yudhishthira back to heaven and explains that it was necessary to expose him to the underworld because (Rajyante narakam dhruvam) any ruler has to visit the underworld at least once. Yama then assures him that his siblings and wife would join him in heaven after they had been exposed to the underworld for measures of time according to their vices.

After “seeing” the carnage, Gandhari, who had lost all her sons, curses Krishna to be a witness to a similar annihilation of his family, for though divine and capable of stopping the war, he had not done so. Krishna accepts the curse, which bears fruit 36 years later.

Shakuni, Duryodhana’s uncle, now arranges a dice game, playing against Yudhishthira with loaded dice. Yudhishthira loses all his wealth, then his kingdom. He then even gambles his brothers, himself, and finally his wife into servitude. The jubilant Kauravas insult the Pandavas in their helpless state and even try to disrobe Draupadi in front of the entire court, but her honour is saved by Krishna who miraculously creates lengths of cloth to replace the ones being removed. Dhritarashtra, Bhishma, and the other elders are aghast at the situation, but Duryodhana is adamant that there is no place for two crown princes in Hastinapura. Against his wishes Dhritarashtra orders for another dice game. The Pandavas are required to go into exile for 12 years, and in the 13th year must remain hidden. If discovered by the Kauravas, they will be forced into exile for another 12 years.

The Pandavas have a new palace built for them, by Maya the Danava. They invite their Kaurava cousins to Indraprastha. Duryodhana walks round the palace, and mistakes a glossy floor for water, and will not step in. After being told of his error, he then sees a pond, and assumes it is not water and falls in. Draupadi laughs at him and ridicules him by saying that this is because of his blind father Dhritrashtra. He then decides to avenge his humiliation.

Whilst they were in hiding the Pandavas learn of a swayamvara which is taking place for the hand of the Pancala princess Draupadi. The Pandavas enter the competition in disguise as Brahmins. The task is to string a mighty steel bow and shoot a target on the ceiling, which is the eye of a moving artificial fish, while looking at its reflection in oil below. Most of the princes fail, many being unable to lift the bow. Arjuna succeeds however. The Pandavas return home and inform their mother that Arjuna has won a competition and to look at what they have brought back. Without looking, Kunti asks them to share whatever it is Arjuna has won among themselves. On explaining the previous life of Draupadi, she ends up being the wife of all five brothers.

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