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For other uses, see Bhagadatta (disambiguation).
Krishna Storms the Citadel of Naraka - showing Prince Bhagadatta and his grandmother offering prayers to Krishna.
Arjuna shots Bhagadatta.

Bhagadatta was the son of Naraka, king of the Pragjyotisha Kingdom and second in line of kings of Naraka dynasty. He was succeeded by his son Vajradatta.

Mahabharata war[edit]

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 elephant World Elephant Supratika, who was being attacked by Bhima. During the course of this battle, Bhagadatta fired an irresistible weapon called Vaishnavastra on Arjuna.[1] But, Arjuna was saved from death by the timely intervention of Krishna. Krishna let himself to be cushion for that potent weapon, which turned into a garland and fell on Krishna.[1] Finally, Bhagadatta was beheaded by a lethal arrow shot by Arjuna, while Bhima finished off Supratika.[2][3][4]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Menon, Ramesh (2006) The Mahabharata: A Modern Rendering iUniverse, Inc., New York, page 231-232, ISBN 978-0-595-40187-1
  2. ^ "Bhagadatta - King of Pragjyotisha - Indian Mythology". 
  3. ^ "The Mahābhārata, Book 6: Bhishma Parva: Bhagavat-Gita Parva: Section LXIV". 
  4. ^ Gopal, Madan (1990). K.S. Gautam, ed. India through the ages. Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. p. 75. 

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Times of India
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:56:15 -0800

The rectangular 4.5-hectare pond, now in the heart of the city, was earlier connected to the Brahmaputra. Some historians say the pond dates back to the time of The Mahabharata. Folklores mentioned that King Bhagadatta of Pragjyotishpur (now Guwahati) ...

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The Statesman
Sun, 10 Jan 2016 11:52:30 -0800

Moreover, the Dighalipukhuri finds mention in the Mahabharata, as it was dug by the Pragjyotishpur ruler Bhagadatta for his daughter Bhanumati's Swayambar. “As we are to have a state-level war memorial in Assam, the one at Dighalipukhuri will be a ...

Calcutta Telegraph

Calcutta Telegraph
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:41:18 -0800

Dighalipukhuri's history dates back to the time of Mahabharat where King Bhagadatta of Pragjyotishpur - present-day Guwahati - dug the tank for his daughter Bhanumati's swayamvar. It is the longest tank in the city covering an area of 4.5 hectares.
Assam Tribune
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:22:30 -0800

Eminent historian KL Borooah believed that Dighalipukhuri was originally a natural wetland and it was used by King Bhagadatta as the venue for the swayambara (choosing a groom by the bride from the list of suitors) of his daughter Bhanumati. Bhanumati ...
Times of India
Thu, 07 Jan 2016 03:15:00 -0800

Guwahati: Amid differences of opinion among various civil society groups over the ongoing construction of the Guwahati War Memorial on the northern bank of the Dighalipukhuri water tank, Patriotic People's Front Assam (PPFA) on Wednesday urged the ...
Times of India
Mon, 28 Dec 2015 20:07:30 -0800

The rectangular 4.5-hectare pond was earlier connected to the Brahmaputra. According to some historians, the pond dates back to the time of the Mahabharata. It believed that King Bhagadatta of Pragjyotishpur (present Guwahati) had dug the tank for his ...


Sat, 18 Jul 2015 05:00:00 -0700

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Assam Tribune
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:48:04 -0700

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