Bhagadatta was the son of Narakasura, king of the Pragjyotisha Kingdom and second in line of kings of Naraka dynasty.[1] He was succeeded by his son Vajradatta.[2] He sided with Kaurava in the Mahabharata war as he was an enemy of Lord Krishna. He was a leader of great army of Kirat and Chinas were also joined with Kiratas.[citation needed]

Mahabharata character
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Arjuna shoots Bhagadatta.
In-universe information
FamilyNarakasura (Father)
ChildrenVajradatta and Pushpadatta (sons)

Life in mythologyEdit

In the Battle of Kurukshetra, Bhagadatta fought on the side of the Kauravas. He was very well known for his skill on his elephant. On the 12th day of the war, he was involved in a fierce battle with Arjuna on his World Elephant Supratika, who was being attacked by Bhima. During the course of this battle, Bhagadatta fired the super-weapon Vaishnavastra on Arjuna.[3] Before Arjuna could counter this weapon however, Krishna intervened by standing up at the Charioteers position. Krishna let His Chest to be cushion for His potent weapon, which turned into a garland and fell on Krishna (a weapon given to Bhagadatta by Lord Vishnu finally returned to his avatar). Bhagadatta was killed by a lethal arrow shot into his chest by Arjuna.[4][5][6]

In Kalika Purana, Harshacharita, Puranas and in other epics; Naraka is said to have sons namely Bhagadatta, Mahasirsa, Madavan and Sumali. Vajradatta and Pushpadatta are sons of Bhagadatta.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Myth Connect | Outlook India Magazine". Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  2. ^ (Sircar 1990, p. 81)
  3. ^ Menon, Ramesh (2006) The Mahabharata: A Modern Rendering iUniverse, Inc., New York, page 231-232, ISBN 978-0-595-40187-1
  4. ^ "Bhagadatta - King of Pragjyotisha - Indian Mythology". Archived from the original on 28 August 2005.
  5. ^ "The Mahābhārata, Book 6: Bhishma Parva: Bhagavat-Gita Parva: Section LXIV".
  6. ^ Gopal, Madan (1990). K.S. Gautam (ed.). India through the ages. Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. p. 75.