Babruvahana


Babruvahana

Babruvahana( or Babhruvahana) is one of the sons of Arjuna, begotten through Chitrangada, the princess of Manipur, during the period of his exile at Manipur.

Babruvahana was adopted as the son of his maternal grandfather, and reigned at Manipur as his successor. He dwelt there in a palace of great splendour, surrounded with wealth and signs of power.

When Arjuna went to Manipur with the horse intended for the Aswamedha, there was a quarrel between Arjuna and King Babhruvahana, and the latter killed his father with an arrow. Repenting of his deed, he determined to kill himself, but he obtained from his stepmother, the Naga princess Uloopi, a gem which restored Arjuna to life. He returned with his father to Hastinapura. [The description of this combat has been translated from the Mahābhārata by Troyer in his Raja Tarangini, tome i. p. 578.] This was on account of a curse by the Vasus, on account of Arjuna's killing Bhishma (who is an incarnation of one of the Vasus) during the Mahābhārata war.

References

*Laura Gibbs, Ph.D. Modern Languages MLLL-4993. Indian Epics.
*Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology
* [http://www.mythfolklore.net/india/encyclopedia/babhruvahana.htm Babhruvahana]

However the Manipur mentioned in the Mahabharat has no relation to the present day Manipur State in Northeastern India. And Babruvahana has no relation to the existing Royal fa,ily of Manipur


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