Virata (Sanskrit: विराट), in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, was a king in whose court the Pandavas spent a year in concealment during their exile. Virata was married to Queen Sudeshna and was the father of Prince Uttara and Princess Uttarā, who married Abhimanyu son of Arjuna. Their son Parikshit succeeded Yudhisthira to the throne of Hastinapura, after the war of Mahabharata. He is finally killed by Drona during the Great war of Kurukshetra along with his three sons, named Uttara, Shveta and Shankha.
See also 
- Swami Ramsukhdas: Shrimad Bhagvadgita - Sadhaka-Sanjivani, translated into English by S.C. Vaishya, Gita Press Gorakhpur, ISBN 81-293-0063-X