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Viraat is the character of Mahaabhaarat. Raajaa Viraat was the Raajaa of Matsya Desh and Viraat Nagar was his capital. His wife's name was Sudeshnaa. She was the Princess of Kekaya Desh. He had five children - four sons and a daughter. His elder sons' names were Veershankh and Shwet and the youngest son's name was Bhoominjaya. His youngest son was better known as Uttar Kumaar. He had one son more, named as Vabhru and his daughter's name was Uttaraa. Uttaraa was married to Abhimanyu - Arjun and Subhadraa's son.
He had two brothers - Shataaneek, younger to Viraat and Madiraaksh ( MBH, G-4-Van/62), younger to Shataaneek
There was Sudeshnaa's brother named Keechak who was very mighty. He had full control on Matsya Desh. Raajaa Viraat could not do anything against Keechak's will. Paandav spent their one year period of A-Gyaatvaas (incognito) in Viraat Nagar only. When Keechak misbehaved with Draupadee, and she complained about it, Raajaa Viraat didn't speak anything. Then only Bheem killed him.
So Duryodhan sent Trigart and Susharmaa to seize Viraat's cows in hundreds and thousands. They did that. Viraat immediately went to free his cows. Yudhishthor, Bheem, Nakul and Sahadev accompanied him as his well wishers. Because of Yudhishthir's intelligence he won both Trigart and Susharmaa and succeeded in getting his cows back. He was very impressed with Yudhishthir.
Arjun Faces Kaurav Army
As the chariot arrived in the battlefield, Uttar seeing the massive Kaurav army ran away leaving the chariot. Somehow Arjun managed to bring him back saying that if did not want to fight with them, he would fight on behalf of him and he should drive his chariot. Uttar got ready. Arjun went to the Shamee tree to get his chariot and weapons to fight with the army. Uttar doubted his identity and he disclosed it that he was Arjun. Uttar felt privileged by being his charioteer. So Arjun defeated Kaurav army and came back. He had warned Uttar that he would not disclose his identity to his father. They themselves will disclose it when the opportunity arrives.
Viraat and Uttar
Viraat Meets Paandav
Viraat and his all sons fought in MBH war from Paandav's side and all were killed in it.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 03/30/13