Chitrāngada

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This article is about the elder son of Shantanu and Satyavati. For the wife of Arjuna, see Chitrāngadā.

In the epic Mahabharata, Chitrāngada (चित्रांगद), is the elder son of Shantanu and Satyavati. He ascended the throne of Hastinapura after his father's death, but was killed by a Gandharva namesake. [1][2]

Ascending the throne[edit]

Since Bhishma (son of Shantanu and Ganga) took a vow of not ascending the throne of Hastinapura, he crowned Chitrangada the king after Shantanu. Chitrangada was a great warrior and vanquished all kings.

Duel with Gandharva and death[edit]

Chitrangada's fame brought to his palace gates a Gandharva also named Chitrangada, who challenged him for a duel. They fought a fierce and evenly matched battle for three years on the banks of river Saraswati,[3] at the end of which the Gandharva emerged successful. The successful Gandharva later ascended to heaven. Chitrāngada's younger brother Vichitravirya then ascended the throne of Hastinapura.


Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa. Teddington, Middlesex: The Echo Library. 2008. ISBN 9781406870459. 
  2. ^ Menon, [translated by] Ramesh (2006). The Mahabharata : a modern rendering. New York: iUniverse, Inc. ISBN 9780595401871. 
  3. ^ Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa. Teddington, Middlesex: The Echo Library. 2008. ISBN 9781406870459. 

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