Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Kritavarman - Chief of the Bhojas


कृतवर्मा

Kritavarman was the chief of the Bhojas, and the son of Hridika. The Bhojas were the traditional allies of the Vrishni's and Kritavarman was a particular friend of Satyaki. However, when it was time to chose sides in the great battle of Kurukshetra, Kritavarman went over to the side of the Kauravas, and Satyaki naturally fought on the side of the Pandavas, along with the other prominent Vrishnis.

Kritavarman acquitted himself very creditably in battle, and slew great numbers of the Pandava forces. He was one of the three warriors on the Kaurava side to survive the great war, along with Ashwatthama and Kripa. After the war was over, according to the evil plan hatched by Ashwatthama, these three warriors raided the Pandava camp during the night and slew the Panchala warriors in their sleep. Dhrishtadhyumna and the five sons of Draupadi were slain during this raid.

When Kritavarman returned to the Vrishni court, he was upbraided by Satyaki for his evil deeds and in a sudden burst of anger, Satyaki beheaded him in the assembly. In the ensuing melee, Satyaki was slain by the kinsmen of Kritavarman.

Names

Kritavarman -
Kritavarma Alternate form

Last Modified At: Fri Mar 18 21:46:52 2005