Bhagadatta, was the son of Narakasura. He was a king of the city Pragjyotisha in the epic Mahabharata and father-in-law of Duryodhana. In the Battle of Kurukshetra, Bhagadatta fought on the side of the Kauravas. He was very well known to attack his enemies with his elephant in the warfare. In the Mahabharata war, he was involved in a fierce battle with Arjuna on his elephant Supratika. During the course of this battle, Bhagadatta fired an irresistible weapon called Vaisnavastra(Vaishnavastra) on Arjuna. 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. Finally, Bhagadatta was killed from an arrow shot by Arjuna.
- Menon, Ramesh (2006) The Mahabharata: A Modern Rendering iUniverse, Inc., New York, page 231-232, ISBN 978-0-595-40187-1
- "Bhagadatta - King of Pragjyotisha - Indian Mythology".
- "The Mahābhārata, Book 6: Bhishma Parva: Bhagavat-Gita Parva: Section LXIV".
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