Abhira Kingdom

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The Abhira kingdom in the Mahabharata is either of two kingdoms near the Sarasvati river. They were dominated by the Abhiras, sometimes referred to as Surabhira also, combining both Sura and Abhira kingdoms. Modern day Abhira territory lies within Northern areas of Gujarat and Southern Rajasthan, India. King Sivadatta was probably the founder of the Abhira kingdom.[1][2]

Reference of Abhiras in Mahabharat[edit]

Abhiras are mentioned as warriors in support of Duryodhana in Mahabharta war.[3][4] The Gopas, whom Krishna had offered to Duryodhana to fight in his support when he himself joined Arjuna's side, were no other than the Yadavas themselves, who were also the Abhiras.[5] Ramayana refers to Abhiras as Ugradarshana – Mlecchas and dasyus.[6][7] The Abhiras also have been described as Vratas. Panini mentions these Vratas as robbers. The Abhiras are said to have looted the train of Arjuna, the Pandava, when he was returning from Dwaraka being accompanied by some of the members of "Sri Krishna's family after the death of the latter. Abhiras are said to have waylaid Arjuna and deprived him of remaining wealth from Dwarka and women somewhere in Punjab."[8] Abhiras who looted Arjuna were the supporters of the Kauravas, and in the Mahabharata,[9] Abhir, Gopa, Gopal[10] and Yadavas are all synonyms.[11][12][13] They defeated the hero of Mahabharatha war, and did spare him when he disclosed the identity of the members of the family of Sri Krishna.[14]

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References[edit]

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  • Kisari Mohan Ganguli, The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Translated into English Prose, 1883–1896.