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Mahabharata character
Virata in his court by Raja Ravi Varma (1848–1906)
Family Sahtanika (brother)
Spouse(s) Sudeshna
Children Uttara, Uttarā, Shveta, and Shankha

Virata (Sanskrit: विराट, lit. huge) in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, was the king of 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.[1]

He was killed during a Kauravas attack in the Kurukshetra War along with his sons. In other versions he is killed by Drona on the 15th day of the war.

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  • Swami Ramsukhdas: Shrimad Bhagvadgita - Sadhaka-Sanjivani, translated into English by S.C. Vaishya, Gita Press Gorakhpur, ISBN 81-293-0063-X