MBH War (Mahaabhaarat
War) or Kurukshetra war took place between Kaurav and Paandav. Kaurav mens
Dhritraashtra's sons and Paandav means Paandu's son. This war continued for
18 days. In this war only 10 people remained alive from both sides from 18
Akshauhinee army - 7 people from Paandav's side and 3 people from Kaurav's
side, all others were dead. Those 10 people were 5 Paandav, Yuyutsu
(Dhritraashtra's son from his Vaishya wife) and Saatyaki from Paandav's
side and Kripaachaarya, Kritvarmaa and Ashwatthaamaa from Kaurav's side.
How much is 1 Akshauhinee army? -
An army has four wings - Charioteers, elephant riders, infantry (who walk on
foot) and cavalry (who fight on horses). One Akshauhinee army contains
21,870 Rath (chariots), 21,870 elephants, 109,350 infantry (soldiers on
foot), and 65,600 cavalry (horse riders). This makes up one Akshauhinee
army. Paandav had 7 Akshauhinee army and Kaurav had 11 Akshauhinee army.
Kaurav army included Shree Krishn's one Akshauhinee Naaraayanee army also.
Who Were With Kaurav and Paandav? -
Kaurav had - Bheeshm, Drone, Kripaa, Ashwatthaamaa, Karn, Shakuni, Shalya
(Maadree's brother), Jayadrath (Dushalaa's husband), Kritvarmaa (Krishn's
relative), Somdatt, Bhoorishravaa etc with them + 11 Akshauhinee army
Paandav had - Drupad,
Dhrishtdyumn, Shikhandee, Draupadee's five sons, Abhimanyu, Saatyaki (Arjun's
friend), Ghatotkach (Bheem's son), with them + 7 Akshauhinee army.
Bheeshm was the pillar of this war as he had the boon of Ichchhaa Mrityu. Nobody
could kill him. He was the Chief Commander for 10 days, then was Drone for 5
days, then Karn for 2 days and lastly was Shalya for half a day. Bheeshm was
killed by Shikhandee as he did not fight with women and Shikhandee was the
incarnation of a woman, so Bheeshm saw a woman in him and did not counter
He had his own
conditions of War before he fought from Duryodhan's side. He would not kill
Paandav. He would kill 10,000 soldiers daily. He would not counter attack
any woman. Till he will be Chief Commander of the army, Karn will never be
seen anywhere in the battle ground. When he heard that Krishn would not take
up any weapon, he took a vow that he would force him to take up the weapon.
He did that not only once, but twice during his 10 days time.
Snce he had the boon
of Ichchhaa mrityu, he could not have been killed, that is why Paandav had
to go to ask him "how to win Kaurav army as till he was alive and fighting,
they could not have won war". Then he told the way that since I do not
counter attack on women, you may bring Shikhandee in front of me and I will
not counter attack him. So the 10th day Shikhandee was brought in front of
him and he killed Bheeshm.
For the next 5 days Drone was the Chief Commander. He was also a kind of
invincible. He also troubled Paandav's army so much that Paandav had to
think some way to kill him. He was the one who planned for Chakra Vyooh
which took Abhimanyu's life. Krishn suggested them the way to tell lie to
kill him that if you would announce "Ashawatthaamaa died", he
would die himself. The main problem was who was going to convince him, and
for this Yudhishthir was chosen because he always spoke truth. The same
thing happened, when Bheem announced "Ashwatthaamaa died", Drone
confirmed with Yudhishthir and he confirmed it in a low voice. After that
he just sat down and left his body with Yog. Dhrishtdyumn shot arrows at
him but at that time he was not alive.
Karn was the Chief Commander for the next 2 days. It is a pity that Paandav
did not have to think about any trick to kill him. He was carrying two Shaap
with him to be killed, otherwise also his Kavach and Kundal were already
taken by Arjun's father Indra and his Power had also been used on Ghatotkach
managed by Krishn indirectly. He had nothing to save himself from Arjun.
Shalya and Ashwatthaamaa -
Shalya's commandership is not very memorable, but Ashwatthaamaa created a
lot of havoc after his father was killed by a lie. As he heard that Paandav
killed his father by announcing a false statement about his death, he filled
with rage and he did which he never did throughout the war. He killed Draupadee's
five sons, Dhrishtdyumn and destroyed the whole Paandav camp while they were
sleeping (of course, since they were sleeping at another place, they got saved).
This made Arjun very angry and when he followed Ashwatthaamaa, he used Brahmaastra
with half knowledge and directed towards Uttaraa to destroy Paandav Vansh. But
luckily Krishn saved it.
From Paandav's Side -
Shikhandee, Arjun, Bheem, Dhrishtdyumn -
Because of Shikhandee and Arjun, Bheeshm fell;
Bheem killed Dhritraashtra's all 100 sons;
Dhrishtdyumn became the cause of death of Dronaachaarya;
Nakul killed his Maamaa Shalya: and
Sahadev killed Kaurav's Maamaa Shakuni.
Kripaachaarya and Ashwatthaamaa were immortal.