Seven great warriors and how they died in mahabharata – in pictures

Death of various great warriors in Mahabharata war

 

Mahabharata was was fought over for eighteen days. The major part saw the prowess of Bhishma. He was on the verge of decimating pandavas army single-handedly, before Shikhandi came to the rescue of Pandavas. Following is a brief on how the great warriors were neutralized and killed.

End of Duryodhana

Bhima vowed that he would avenge Draupadi’s insult by breaking his thighs. Also, due to a boon from Gandhari, his body became invulnerable except for thighs. During his duel with Duryodhana in mahabharata war, Bhima broke Duryodhana’s thighs. Balrama fiercely protested but calmed by Krishna.

Bhima killed all the Kaurava’s, most notable of those were of Duryodhana’s and Dushashana’s.

Duel between Bhima and Duryodhana

 

Duryodhana killed by Bhima in Mahabharata

Drona’s Death

Drona was proving too much for the pandava’s army on the fifteenth day of the mahabharata war. In a desperate bid  to be saved from the onslaught, they resorted to some less than wanted tactic. On advise of Shri Krishna, Bhima claimed that his son, Ashwaththama is slain. Drona clarified this from Yudhishthira and went into meditation. He was killed by Dhrishtdyumna, son of Drupad.

Dhrishtdyumna killing Drona (The Teacher) in the battle of Mahabharat

Dhrishtdyumna killing Drona (The teacher of princes) in the battle of Mahabharat

End of Bhishma

Bhishma was the son of Shantanu and Ganges. He was the supreme commander of Kauravas in the mahabharata war. He himself let pandavas know the secret of his downfall. Otherwise, he was proving to be too much for pandavas and got Sri Krishna agitated as well.

Bhishma falling in kurukshetra battle field

 

Bhishma leaving his body in presence of Shri Krishna

Abhimanyu’s unjust killing

Abhimanyu was the son of Arjuna and Subhadra and was a great warrior. His unjust killing in mahabarata led to the killing of Kauravas.

Abhimanyu trapped in chakravyuha

Only Abhimanyu had the knowledge of penetrating a chakravyuha. Drona plans a chakravyuha to capture Yudhishthira, but Abhimanyu was there for his rescue. But the boy did not know how to come out of that and though he was surrounded by all warriors including Duryodhana, Karna and others, yet he was proving difficult to overcome. At last, against the rules of war, he was killed by son of Dushashana after a mace fight.

Abhimanyu - Mahabharat war

Abhimanyu fought valiantly

Abhimanyu killed by Dushashana’s son on thirteenth day of Mahabharata war.

Karna – a death due to curses

In the war of kurukshetra, Karna’s chariot got stuck in the mud. He was unable to fight due to a curse from his teacher, Parshurama.

Karna chariot stuck in mud

Arjuna killed him with the weapon anjalika while he was trying to retrieve the wheel. At this point of time, he was sans any weapon, which was against the rules of the war.

Arjuna kills Karna

Dushashana for his wrongdoing

During Draupadi’s cheerharan, Dushashan dragged her in the courtroom by holding her hair. Draupadi vowed that she would not tie her hair until they are wet with the blood of Dushashan heart. She asked Bhim to bring the blood of Dushashana after killing him. Bhima obliged.

Dushashan dragging Draupadi in courtroom

 

Dushashana and Bhima

Jayadratha by Arjuna – Shri Krishna’s masterstroke

Jayadrath was Duryodhana’s brother in law. He was once insulted by Pandavas when he tried to abduct Draupadi. After severe penance, he obtained a boon from Lord Shiva. Due to this, he became the reason of Abhimanyu’s death. Arjuna vowed and killed him on the next day of the war. Of course, with help of Shri Krishna.

Jayadratha killed by Arjuna

 

Comments

  1. Rakesh Kumar says:

    shri krishna was not doing good for all real warriors. He was working with selfishness.

    1. Das says:

      no brother it was not his selfishness he was protecting dhrama and he also try to stop the war but it was those warriors who did not listen to them

    2. munish says:

      One who is under Shri Krishna’s protection, Shri Krishna will do anything to protect him. No matter what, Shri Krishna will even take curse on to him self to protect his devotees. If you look at his life, all his lilas were to protect his devotees. We call him Makhan Chor, he himself never ate Makhan, but stole for his Gopis. Jai Shri Krishna.

      1. NarendraKrishnh says:

        Great

    3. Amol says:

      Jai Shree Krishna. No one in the entire universe is as selfless as Bhagwan Krishna is !!
      Please study Krishna’s life and you will realize 🙂

  2. I disagree with you Rakesh. Lord Krishna was doing justice. Had he taken part in battle on the side of Pandavas, Kauravas would have been destroyed and lost battle in 1 day. Besides, he was on the side of Truth which everyone should be. Moreover, if you Read Bhagvaat Geeta, you will understand how great of a Yug Purush Bhagwan Shri Krishna was.

  3. Abimanyu was killed by Laxman? Wasn't it the other way around?

  4. Anonymous says:

    It was astonishing to see the great warrior Abhimanhyu was killed by Duryodhana and his team in front of Lord Krishna, Arjuna, Yudister, Bheema and other pandavas which is heart tightening to see Abhimanyu killed which is asio a very cowardly act by Kauravas.