Virata in his court by Raja Ravi Varma (1848–1906)
|Children||Uttara, Uttarā, Shveta, and Shankha|
Virata (Sanskrit: विराट, lit. huge) in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, was the king of Matsya Kingdom with its Virata Kingdom, 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, the son of Arjuna. Abhimanyu and Uttara's son Parikshit succeeded Yudhishthira to the throne of Hastinapura, after the war of Mahabharata.
He was killed during a Kauravas attack in the Kurukshetra War along with his sons. In other versions he was killed by Drona on the 15th day of the war. After Virata's death, Sahadeva, became the king of Virata's former kingdom.
- Dowson, John (1888). A Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology and Religion, Geography, History, and Literature. Trubner & Co., London. p. 1.
- Swami Ramsukhdas: Shrimad Bhagvadgita - Sadhaka-Sanjivani, translated into English by S.C. Vaishya, Gita Press Gorakhpur, ISBN 81-293-0063-X
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