arjun ne past life me zarur hi bahut punya kaam kiye the. isliye, arjun ko sri krishna jaisa dost aur saath mila tha, jo unhe har waqt har jagah guide karte rhtethe.. Yeh baat khud sri krishna ne kaha tha.. aur arjun he aise kismat wale hai jinhe prabhu sri krishna ka chaturbhuj rup dikhayi diya. sri krishna ka chaturbhuj rup har kisiko nahi dikhta. arjun jaise log ko hi woh rup dikhayi deta hai.
    pehli thi yashoda mayya jinhe yeh rup dikha tha aur dusre arjun.

    agar iske alaawa aur kuch aap logo ko pata hai. to mujhe bata dena. main aur janana chahta hu....

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      ABHIMANYU: The son of Arjuna and Subhadra. Said to be an incarnation
      of the moon-god Soma's son. He was slain in the battle of Kuruksetra
      when just sixteen. He married Uttara, King Virata's daughter, and
      fathered Pariksit.

      ADHIRATHA: A leader of the sutas, the caste generally employed as
      charioteers. He found Karna after Kunti had cast him away in a
      basket and raised him as his own son. His wife's name was Radha, and
      thus Karna was known as Radheya.

      AGNIVESHA: A rsi who underwent severe austerities on Mount Mahendra.
      He was expert in the use of weapons, and both Drona and Drupada
      studied under him. He received the Agneyastra (fire weapon) from the
      Rsi Bharadvaja, and passed it on to Drona.

      AKRURA: Krsna's uncle and a famous Vrsni. He was a commander of the
      Yadava army and also acted as one of Krsna's advisors.

      ALAMBUSHA: A rakshasa who fought for Duryodhana in the Kuruksetra
      war. He was Baka's brother, and bore enmity toward Bhima because
      Bhima slew his brother. He killed Arjuna's son Iravan, and was
      himself killed by Bhima's son, Ghatotkaca.

      AMBA: The king of Kashi's eldest daughter. Bhisma abducted her from
      her svayamvara to be his brother's bride. Having already committed
      herself to Shalva, Bhisma released her. When Shalva rejected her as
      a wife because she had been touched by another, she developed an
      intense hatred for Bhisma. She worshipped Siva and obtained a boon
      that she would kill Bhisma in her next life. She was then reborn as

      AMBALIKA: The king of Kashi's youngest daughter. She was abducted by
      Bhisma from her svayamvara and married Vicitravirya. Later she
      became Pandu's mother by union with Vyasadeva.

      AMBIKA: Second daughter of the king of Kashi, abducted from her
      svayamvara by Bhisma. She married Vicitravirya and, after his death,
      became Dhrtarastra's mother by union with Vyasadeva.

      ANGARAPARNA: A Gandharva chief; also known as Citraratha, who met
      the Pandavas when they were fleeing from Varanavata after the
      burning of the lac house.

      ARJUNA: Third son of Pandu and Kunti, begotten by Indra. He is
      famous as Krsna's dear friend and he heard the Bhagavad-gita from
      Him. He is known by nine other names: Dhananjaya (winner of wealth),
      Vijaya (always victorious), Swetavahana (he whose chariot is drawn
      by white horses), Phalguna (born under the auspicious star of the
      same name), Kiriti (he who wears the diadem), Bhibatsu (terrifying
      to behold in battle), Savyasachi (able to wield a bow with both
      hands), Jisnu (unconquerable), and Krsna (dark-complexioned). The
      name Arjuna means "one of pure deeds." He is said to be an
      incarnation of the ancient sage Nara.

      ASHVINI KUMARAS: Twin gods who act as celestial physicians. They
      fathered Nakula and Sahadeva through Madri.

      ASHVATTHAMA: Son of Drona and Kripi. When he was young, his father
      was impoverished. Some of Asvatthama's friends, knowing that he had
      never tasted milk, once gave him a cup of water mixed with flour and
      told him it was milk. The boy drank it and danced in glee, saying "I
      have tasted milk!" His father saw this and was cut to the quick. It
      was this incident that inspired him to go to his old friend Drupada
      and beg. Asvatthama is said to be a partial expansion of Siva.

      BABRUVAHANA: Son of Arjuna and Citrangada, who became the ruler of

      BAHLIKA: Younger brother of Santanu. He lived a long life and was an
      advisor to Dhrtarastra. He became a commander in Duryodhana's army
      during the Kuruksetra war. He was finally killed by Bhima.

      BALARAMA: Son of Vasudeva and Rohini. Said by the Vedas to be an
      eternal form of the Supreme Lord who sometimes appears in the
      material world to enact pastimes. More information about Him can be
      found in the Bhagavata Purana (Srimad-Bhagavatam).

      BHARATA: A king in the dynasty of the moon-god (all ksatriyas are
      descendents either of Chandra, the moon-god, or Surya, the sun-god)
      who ruled the earth for thousands of years. The earth planet has
      been named after him, and it was common during the Mahabharata era
      to call his descendents by his name. Bharata was born from the union
      of King Dushyanta and the daughter of Kanva Rsi, named Shakuntala.
      The story of their marriage and Bharata's birth is recounted in the
      Mahabharata's Adi Parva.

      BHIMASENA: Pandu and Kunti's second son, sired by Vayu, the wind-
      god. After the great war he was installed by Yudhisthira as crown
      prince. A story is told in the Skanda Purana that Bhima became a
      little proud after the war, considering that it was by his own power
      that he had achieved success in the war. All his brothers attributed
      their success to Krsna. Wanting to curb Bhima's pride, Krsna took
      him on Garuda and traveled a long way to the south, where they came
      to a great lake many miles wide. Krsna sent Bhima to find the source
      of the lake. Bhima ran around its perimeter, but could not discover
      its source. As he ran he encountered a number of powerful Asuras.
      Bhima found himself unable to defeat them and he ran to Krsna for
      shelter. Krsna lifted and threw the lake away and dispersed the
      Asuras. He said to Bhima, "This lake was contained in Kumbhakarna's
      skull, the Raksasa killed by Rama in a previous age. The warriors
      who attacked you were from a race of demons who fought with Ravana
      against Rama." Bhima's pride was thus curbed.

      BHISMA: Son of Santanu, known as the "grandfather" of the Kurus.
      Although he never became king, he officiated at Hastinapura as
      regent until Vicitravirya was of age. He is said to be an
      incarnation of Dyau, the chief Vasu (see Appendix Three). The
      original text of the Mahabharata contains an entire Parva, the
      Shanti Parva, devoted to Bhisma's instructions on religion and
      morality, which he delivered while lying on the bed of arrows.

      CHITRASENA: King of the Gandharvas who taught Arjuna the arts of
      singing and dancing while he was in heaven. He later captured
      Duryodhana, whom Arjuna and Bhima had released. Citrasena was also
      the name of a king of Trigarta who fought with the Kauravas, and
      also the name of one of Karna's sons.

      DEVAKI: Krsna's mother and the wife of Vasudeva, a chief of the
      Vrishni clan. Details of her life can be found in the Bhagavata

      DHAUMYA: An ascetic rsi who became the Pandavas' guru and guide. The
      younger brother of Devala, another famous rsi.

      DHRISTADYUMNA: Son of Drupada, born from the sacrificial fire. Said
      in the Vedas to be an expansion of the fire-god, Agni.

      DHRISTAKETU: A son of Sisupala, king of the Cedis, who befriended
      the Pandavas and supplied them with an akshauhini division of troops
      for the Kuruksetra war. He was slain by Drona. After the war, his
      sister married Nakula. He was said to be one of the celestial
      Visvadevas incarnating on earth.

      DHRITARASTRA: The blind son of Vyasadeva, born of Ambika after the
      death of her husband, Vicitravirya. He became king in Hastinapura
      after Pandu retired to the forest. He was the father of the
      Kauravas. In the Bhagavata Purana it is said that, after practicing
      yoga, he achieved liberation, merging into the Supreme Brahman at
      the end of his life.

      DRAUPADI: Daughter of Drupada, king of Panchala, and wife of the
      five Pandavas. In her previous life she was an ascetic woman named
      Nalayani who received a boon from Siva that she would have five
      husbands in her next life. The epitome of womanly skills, she once
      gave advice on how to serve a husband to Satyabhama, one of Krsna's
      principal wives. She was said to be an expansion of the Goddess
      Laksmi. Also known as Pancali.

      DRONA (DRONACHARYA): The Kurus' martial teacher. The sage Bharadvaja
      once caught sight of the Apsara Ghrtachi and, as a result, semen
      fell from his body, which he caught in a pot. Drona was later born
      from that pot. He was taught by Agnivesya and Parasurama. Said to be
      an expansion of Brhaspati, the celestial seer and preceptor of the

      DRUPADA: King of the Panchala province in Bharata. He was a staunch
      ally of the Pandavas, respected as the senior most king among their
      allies. He formed an enmity with Drona after the latter had come to
      him for charity and had been refused. Drona finally killed him in
      the Kuruksetra war. Drupada was also known as Yajnasena, and is said
      to be an expansion of the celestial Maruts.

      DURVASA: A powerful rsi famous for his quick temper. The Puranas and
      Mahabharata contain many stories about Durvasa. He is particularly
      famous for having granted Kunti the boon that she could summon any
      god to do her will, which resulted in the births of the Pandavas
      from five principal deities. He is said to be an expansion of Siva.

      DURYODHANA: Eldest of Dhrtarastra's sons and leader of the Kauravas.
      >From childhood he formed an enmity with the Pandavas, which later
      resulted in the Kuruksetra war. He was killed by Bhima and went to
      the heavenly planets as a result of his adherence to ksatriya
      duties. He was said to be an expansion of Kali, the god presiding
      over the dark age.

      DUSHASHANA: Duryodhana's eldest brother and one of his inner circle
      of close advisors. He grievously offended Draupadi and the Pandavas,
      and as a result Bhima vowed to kill him and drink his blood. He did
      so during the great war.

      EKALAVYA: Son of Hiranyadhanu, a Nisadha tribal chief. He became
      quite skilled in archery by worshipping Drona, but he was ultimately
      cursed by him. He was killed by Krsna.

      GANDHARI: Daughter of the king of Gandhara, who became Dhrtarastra's
      wife. Having once pleased Vyasadeva by her service, she was blessed
      by the sage that she would have one hundred sons. After marrying the
      blind Dhrtarastra, she covered her own eyes with a cloth for the
      rest of her life. She is thus famous as one of the most chaste
      ladies in Vedic history. She died in the forest with her husband and

      GANGA: A goddess who appears in this world as the river Ganges. She
      was Bhisma's mother (see Appendix Three). Her origin is described in
      various Vedic texts, including Bhagavata Purana and Ramayana. The
      river water descends from the spiritual world after touching Lord
      Visnu's foot and is thus considered sacred.

      GHATOTKACHA: The son of Bhima and the Rakshashi Hidimbi. He became a
      leader of the Raksasas and assisted the Pandavas in the Kuruksetra
      war. Karna killed him with Indra's celestial Sakti weapon.

      INDRA: King of the gods, also known as Purandara and Sakra. The
      Vedas contain numerous stories about this deity, who became Arjuna's

      JARASANDHA: King of Magadha and a powerful enemy of Krsna. His
      father, Brhadratha, once approached a sage to seek a blessing to
      have a son. The sage gave him a mango, which the king divided into
      two, giving half to each of his wives. They each gave birth to half
      a child, and the king threw away the halves. A Rakshashi named Jara
      later found the two halves and joined them together, whereupon the
      body came to life. The child was then named Jarasandha,
      meaning `joined by Jara.' The Bhagavata Purana describes the history
      of his inimical relationship with Krsna. He was killed in a
      wrestling match with Bhima.

      JAYADRATHA: King of Sindhu who married Dhrtarastra's daughter
      Dushala. When he was born, a heavenly voice announced that he would
      be a powerful warrior but would be beheaded by an enemy of
      unparalleled strength. His father, Vridhakshetra, then cursed
      whomever would cause his son's head to fall to the ground to himself
      die, his own head shattering into a hundred fragments. He was killed
      by Arjuna at Kuruksetra.

      KAMSA: Maternal uncle of Krsna who usurped the throne from his
      father, Ugrasena. He was killed by Krsna. Details of his life are
      found in the Bhagavata Purana.

      KARNA: Firstborn son of the Pandavas' mother Kunti from her union
      with the sun-god (see Appendix One). He became the chief support and
      best friend of Duryodhana, who made him king of Anga. He was killed
      by Arjuna at Kuruksetra and went to the sun planet. Other names of
      Karna include Vasusena, Vaikarthana and Radheya.

      KRIPA (KRIPACHARYA): Son of the sage Saradvan, who was once
      practicing asceticism in the forest when he saw the Apsara Janapadi.
      He passed semen, which fell into a clump of reeds, and a boy and
      girl were born from it. They were named Krpa and Kripi. They were
      found and brought to Santanu, who was later told of their origin by
      Saradvan. Krpa was taught Dhanurveda, the martial arts, by his
      father, and he became one of the Kurus' martial teachers. He
      survived the Kuruksetra war and counseled the Pandavas when they
      ruled the world. Later, they appointed him preceptor of their
      grandson, Pariksit.

      KRISHNA: Said by the Vedas to be God, the Supreme Person, who is the
      origin of all other incarnations of the Godhead such as Visnu and
      Narayana. The Bhagavata Purana contains extensive descriptions of
      His qualities and activities. He spoke the Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna
      at the beginning of the Kuruksetra war.

      KRITAVARMA: A chief in the Yadu dynasty. A devotee of Krsna, he was
      the commander of the Yadu army. Krsna offered the army to Duryodhana
      for the Kuruksetra war, and thus they and Krtavarma fought against
      the Pandavas. Krtavarma survived the war, but was later killed at
      Prabhasa during a fratricidal quarrel among the Yadus.

      KUNTI: The Pandavas' mother. She was the sister of Vasudeva, Krsna's
      father. Her own father, Surasena, had given her as a baby to his
      close friend King Kuntibhoja, who had no children. She was named
      Prtha at birth, but became better known as Kunti after being raised
      by Kuntibhoja.

      KURU: Ancient king and founder of the Kuru dynasty (see family tree
      in Appendix Four). Due to his performance of sacrifice and
      asceticism at the site, the place known as Kuruksetra, named after
      Kuru, is considered sacred.

      KUVERA (VAISHRAVANA): God of riches and one of the four universal
      protectors or Lokapalas. Known as the celestial treasurer.

      MARKENDEYA: An ancient rsi said to have lived through thousands of
      ages. The Mahabharata contains many stories about him.

      NAKULA: One of the twin sons of Pandu and Madri, begotten by the
      twin Asvini gods. He was a maharatha warrior renowned for his
      expertise with a sword. He conquered the western regions of Bharata,
      before Yudhisthira's Rajasuya sacrifice. Along with Draupadi, he
      married a princess of Chedi named Karenumati.

      NARADA: A celestial sage also known as Devarshi, or the rsi among
      the gods. He is famous as a devotee of Krsna and frequently assists
      Him in His pastimes on earth. The Vedas contain innumerable
      references to Narada's activities and teachings.

      PANDU: Father of the Pandavas born to Vicitravirya's widow queen
      Ambalika by the grace of Vyasadeva.

      PARASARA: A powerful rsi, grandson of Vasista, who fathered
      Vyasadeva by conceiving him with Satyavati when she was still a
      maiden. Once Satyavati ferried the sage across a river and he was
      attracted by her beauty. He asked if he could have union with her,
      promising that by his mystic power she would not lose her virginity.
      She agreed and they united on an island in the middle of the river,
      which Parasara shrouded from view by creating volumes of mist.
      Vyasadeva was immediately born and grew at once to manhood.

      PARASURAMA: A rsi said to be an empowered incarnation of Visnu. He
      is famous for having annihilated all the ksatriyas of the world
      after his father, Jamadagni, had been killed by a king named
      Kartavirya. An expert in the Vedic military arts, he was the martial
      teacher of Bhisma, Drona and Karna. The Mahabharata contains various
      stories about his exploits.

      PARIKSIT: Posthumous son of Abhimanyu, the Pandavas installed him as
      king in Hastinapura when they retired. He was named Pariksit,
      meaning `the examiner', as the Brahmins said he would come to
      examine all men in his search for the Supreme Lord, whom he saw
      while still an embryo in his mother's womb. He became famous as the
      hearer of the Bhagavata Purana from the sage Sukadeva Goswami.

      SAHADEVA: The youngest Pandava. One of the two twin sons of Madri
      fathered by the Asvini gods. He conquered southern Bharata before
      Yudhisthira's Rajasuya sacrifice. Famous for his perceptive powers
      and intelligence, he was appointed as Yudhisthira's personal advisor
      after the Kuruksetra war. Besides being married to Draupadi, he
      married a princess of Madra named Vijaya.

      SANJAYA: Dhrtarastra's charioteer and secretary. Although he
      belonged to the suta caste, he was a spiritually advanced disciple
      of Vyasadeva, who gave him the power to see the events during the
      Kuruksetra war. Consequently, he narrated all the battle scenes to

      SATYAKI: A Vrsni hero who became Arjuna's martial disciple. He was a
      close friend of Krsna. A powerful maharatha, he fought for the
      Pandavas at Kuruksetra, surviving both the war and subsequent
      massacre of sleeping soldiers by Asvatthama. He died at Prabhasa
      during the fratricidal battle among the Yadus.

      SHAKUNI: Son of King Suvala and brother of Gandhari. Acted as close
      confidant and mentor to Duryodhana. Although a powerful ksatriya, he
      preferred cunning and underhanded methods to open combat. Said to be
      an expansion of the deity presiding over the Dvapara age (third in
      the cycle of four ages), he was slain at Kuruksetra by Sahadeva.

      SHALVA: King of Saubha. He fought Bhisma for Amba's hand after
      Bhisma kidnapped her from her svayamvara. Due to his strong
      friendship with Sisupala, whom Krsna killed, he became Krsna's
      enemy. He attacked Dwaraka in the huge airplane he had received from
      Siva. Said to be an incarnation of the Asura Ajaka, Krsna killed him.

      SHALYA: Ruler of Madra and brother of Pandu's second wife Madri.
      Although the Pandavas' friend, and having a particular friendship
      with Yudhisthira, he was tricked by Duryodhana into fighting for the
      Kauravas at Kuruksetra. Said to be an incarnation of the Daitya
      Samhlada, Yudhisthira killed him in the war.

      SANTANU: Great grandfather of the Pandavas and Kauravas, and
      Bhisma's father from his union with Ganga (see Appendix Three).
      After retirement, he went to Mount Archika in the Himalayas and
      practiced asceticism, finally attaining liberation. It is said in
      the Bhagavata Purana that his elder brother, Devapi, still lives on
      earth in a place called Kalapa, awaiting the commencement of the
      next Satya-yuga (golden age) when he will become king.

      SHIKHANDHI: Son of Drupada and a reincarnation of Amba. He was born
      as a woman and later became a man by the grace of a Yaksa named
      Sthunakarna. Remembering his enmity from his previous life, he vowed
      to kill Bhisma. It was due to him that Arjuna was able to approach
      and finally slay Bhisma. Asvatthama killed him during the night
      slaughter of the sleeping Pandava warriors.

      SISHUPALA: King of Chedi and an avowed enemy of Krsna. The Bhagavata
      Purana describes his previous existence as Jaya, a gatekeeper in the
      spiritual Vaikuntha world. Due to a curse, he and his brother Vijaya
      had to take birth in the material world for three lives as demons
      (his other two incarnations were Hiranyaksha and Ravana). Krsna
      killed him at Yudhisthira's Rajasuya sacrifice.

      SUBHADRA: Krsna's sister, said to be an incarnation of Yogamaya, the
      Lord's personified spiritual energy. Her birth is described in the
      Bhagavata Purana. She married Arjuna and they had a son named
      Abhimanyu. Unlike her co-wife Draupadi, no details are given in the
      original text about how she ended her life.

      SUSHARMA: King of Trigarta and brother of Duryodhana's wife,
      Bhanumati. He led a huge army and concentrated on fighting Arjuna
      during the Kuruksetra war, having taken a vow to kill him. He was
      slain by Arjuna.

      ULUPI: Daughter of the Naga king Kauravya, who became Arjuna's wife.
      They had a son named Iravan, who was killed at Kuruksetra. She
      married Arjuna during his one year exile from Indraprastha, only
      spending one day with him after their wedding. She was reunited with
      him in Hastinapura after the war.

      UTTARA: A princess of Virata whom Arjuna taught dancing during his
      final year of exile. She married Abhimanyu and their son was named

      VASUDEVA: Krsna's father, after whom Krsna Himself is named. Details
      of his life and previous births are given in the Bhagavata Purana.

      VIDURA: Son of Vyasadeva and a palace maidservant. He was said to be
      an expansion of Yamaraja, the lord of justice. Once a rsi named
      Mandavya was mistaken for a robber. The king arrested and punished
      him by having him pierced by a lance. The sage later went to
      Yamaraja and asked why this had happened and was told that in his
      childhood he had pierced an insect with a blade of grass. Hearing
      that he had received punishment for a mistake made when he was still
      an ignorant child, the sage cursed Yamaraja to take birth on earth
      as a sudra. Thus he became Vidura.

      VIRATA: King of Matsya, where the Pandavas spent their final year in
      exile. He joined with the Pandavas in the Kuruksetra war, bringing
      an akshauhini division of warriors. Drona killed him in the battle.
      He was said to be an expansion of the celestial Maruts.

      VYASADEVA: The sage who authored the Mahabharata. Born from the
      union of Parasara Rsi and Satyavati, he is known as Dwaipayana
      because he was born on an island (see Parasara). He compiled the
      Vedas and is said to be an empowered incarnation of Visnu. His son's
      name is Sukadeva, the famous reciter of the Bhagavata Purana.

      YADU: Ancient king and founder of the Yadu dynasty, in which Krsna
      appeared (see family tree in Appendix Four). Details of Yadu's birth
      and life are given in the original text of the Mahabharata and also
      the Bhagavata Purana.

      YUDHISTHIRA: Eldest Pandava, born from the union of Kunti and the
      god Dharma. He performed a Rajasuya sacrifice which established him
      as world emperor. Famous for his adherence to virtue and truth, he
      is also known as Dharmaraja, as well as Ajatasatru, which means "one
      who has no enemies." After the war he ruled the world for thirty-six
      years and was succeeded by Pariksit.
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