1-Special MBH Male Characters
Women in MBH
Here are some special MBH male characters and their
special characteristics, by which they stand alone.
See also Women in MBH - this is its
counterpart for women characters
MBH's first male character is King Shaantanu of
Hastinaapur, from whom this story begins. First he marries Gangaa from who
he has a son named Devavrat or Bheeshm and then marries Satyavatee from whom
he has two sons Chitraangad and Vichitraveerya - who continues his family
--Bheeshm was the son of a celestial, Gangaa, and an incarnation of a Vasu.
--He had many great Guru - Brihaspati, Parashuraam etc
--His main characteristic is that he took such a difficult vow to marry his
father Shaantanu to Satyavatee that he was called Bheeshm.
--Because of this sacrifice, he got the boon of Ichchhaa Mrityu from his father,
and that is how he lay down on the bed of arrows for several days even after
falling in the War on the 10th day.
--He was also such a knowledgeable soul that after Yudhishthir became the King
of Hastinaapur, he went to him for his teachings. He is famous for giving
Vishnu Sahastra Naam and other many political preaching delivered to Paandav
from the bed of arrows.
--People know him as a blind, jealous with Paandav, desirous for being a
king man. Does anybody know that he knew the account of his 99 previous
births? Once he said to Krishn - "Krishn, I know about my 99 previous
births, I did not such a thing which could give me so much sorrow, what did I
do in my any previous birth?" Krishn said - "It was in your last
--He also had 10.000 elephants strength.
--Paandu was the son of Ambaalikaa and Vyaas Jee. He did not do much except
to marry Kuntee and Maadree and having five sons through several Devtaa. They
were later called Paandav. Since he had a curse of a Rishi Kindam on himself,
he could not have a child of his own.
--He died soon when his children were even young.
--Vidur was the incarnation of Dharm Raaj.
--Since he himself was the incarnation of Dharm Raaj, he could not make any mistake
in morality, so much so that his morality is famous among Hindu as "Vidur
Neeti". There are three Neeti famous - "Vidur Neeti" about morality,
"Chaanakya Neeti" about political economy and Bhartrihari's three
"Shatak" - Shatak means hundred. These three Shatak are the collections
of 4-lines Sanskrit verses, 100 verses each, as "Shringaar Shatak" (on
love), "Neeti Shatak" (on morality) and "Vairaagya Shatak"
--When Vidur Jee died, he did not die normally, he got absorbed in Yudhishthir.
--Although he has no special quality in him, but his this quality is enough to remember
him that his all actions and speeches were according to Dharm. He could have never made
any mistake in his speech or action.
--Drone will always have a black spot on his face - because he loved Arjun most
and he had already declared that he would be the best archer of the world, when
he saw Eklavya more skilled than Arjun, he asked his right thumb in Guru Dakshinaa,
which he gave without any hesitation instantly.
--Ashwatthaamaa was the son of Drone and was immortal - nowhere is found any reference
that how he was born.
--He was born with a gem on his forehead which he had to give up when he had killed Pareekshit.
--Although there is nowhere any reference of this, but he was born to kill Dhrishtdyumn,
and he killed him after the war ended.
--He killed Draupadee's five sons also, born from five Paandav, in sleep thinking that
they were Paandav.
--To save himself from Arjun, he released Brahmaastra which he did not know to get
it back, he did a nasty work with that he directed it towards Uttaraa's womb which
had Pareekshit, Abhimanyu's son. Krishn helped Uttaraa to bring back Preekshit to
life, take his gem and curse Ashwatthaamaa.
--Kripaa was immortal. Although both Kripaa and Kripee were the children of Maharshi
Sharadwaan and an Apsaraa, but no information is available as how Kripaa was immortal.
And if he was immortal, then what about Kripee? Was she also immortal? And if not,
then why not?
--Karn was the son of a celestial - Soorya Dev. Thus, in a way, he was the younger
brother of Sugreev
--He was born with a golden armor and golden earrings which were to protect his life.
--He is famous for his alms giving. He worshipped Soorya Dev and after that he
used to give alms to whoever came there and whatever he asked for.
--Taking the advantage of his alms giving quality, Indra cunningly asked his armor
and earrings in alms assuming the form of a Braahman. And Karn did not say no to
him in spite of knowing that the Braahman was Indra who wanted to saved his son
Arjun from him. Thus he gave his life to Indra in a way.
--The last thing, he was so unfortunate for his whole life, that (1) His mother threw
him in the river, so he did not his mother and was always known as Soot's son, because
a charioteer brought him up; (2) He could not get weapons training properly, he had to
lie for it. He went to Parashuraam Jee and since he was the enemy of the Kshatriya, he
told him that he was a Braahman. He was such a good disciple that Parashuraam Jee did
not take Guru Dakshinaa from him, but when he knew the truth, he took all education back
from him as a curse. (3) He had one curse more. (3) Later Indra cunningly took his life
saving Kavach and earrings. (4) All this combined became the cause of his death.
--He was so much obliged to Duryodhan that even if both Krishn and Kuntee asked him to
come to Paandav's side, he did not come and said - "It is too late now, I cannot
die without paying the debt of Duryodhan."
--Yudhishthir was the son of a celestial Dharm Raaj.
--His main characteristic was that he never told lie. People trusted him for his this
quality so much that when Drone heard "Ashwatthaamaa died" during the MBH
war, he told that he would believe only when Yudhishthir would say it. Yudhishthir
said it and he believed it.
--It is said that because of speaking truth, his chariot ran on the ground 4 fingers
up, but after he told this .lie about Ashwatthaamaa, his chariot wheels touched the
--He was a knower of Dharm and thus never went out of Dharm any time
--Bheem was the son of Vaayu Dev, thus he was the younger brother of Hanumaan.
--He had 10,000 elephants strength in his body
--He ate a lot and that is why he could not miss his food at any time of the day. It
is said that he ate half of the food of the family and the rest of the half food was
for all others.
--He could carry all 5, four of his brothers and Kuntee or Draupadee alone on his
shoulders for quite some time.
--Arjun was the son of the King of the celestials - Indra; and thus he was the
younger brother of Baali
--He had 10 names to give meaning to his qualities
--He could use his Gaandeev bow with both hands
--He told Uttar that he got the firmness of his hand from Indra
--The greatest thing about him was that he was the friend of Krishn, and because of
this Krishn agreed to be his charioteer
Nakul and Sahadev
--Nakul and Sahadev were twins born to Maadree from the celestials Ashwinee Kumaar.
--Nakul had only four people equal to him - Ashwatthaamaa, Dhrishtketu (son of Shishupaal),
Rukmee (Rukminee's brother), and Pradyumn (Krishn's son).
--Dhrishtdyumn, born from Agni Kund, son of Drupad, was born with armor and a bow
and arrow to kill Drone. Drupad performed that Yagya with only this purpose that
he wanted a son who could kill Drone.
--He was a Nishaad's son and will always be remembered for his Guru Dakshinaa to
Drone. Drone had asked his right thumb in Guru Dakshinaa so that he could be
equal or more to Arjun in archery..
--Jaraasandh was born in two pieces. His two mothers threw those pieces. A Jaraa named
Raakshasee picked them up for eating but joined them in playful mood. The two pieces
came to life. Jaraa took him home and gave him to the King. For this reason he was
difficult to be killed.
--Secondly, he also had 10,000 elephants strength. Thus only Bheem could kill him, still
because of his special birth Bheem had to use special technique to kill him.
--He used to respect Braahman very much, and used to give them what they wanted, that is
why Krishn, Bheem and Arjun went to him in the form of Braahman to ask for the alms of
duel fighting. He gave it and was killed by Bheem.
--Keechak, the brother-in-law of Raajaa Viraat, was a Soot's son. He also had 10,000
elephants strength in his body, that is why only Bheem could kill him. When Duryodhan
heard about his killing, he said - "Keechak can be killed only by four people -
Balaraam, Bheeshm, Bheem and Shalya. Balaraam has not killed him, Bheeshm is here, he
has not killed him; Shalya has not killed him; it means that only Bheem has killed him.
And it means Paandav are living in Viraat's kingdom."
--Shishupaal was born with three eyes and four arms. His mother got afraid seeing
that and wanted to kill him, but an aerial voice stopped her doing so. On asking
who will kill him, it said that in whose lap his third eye and two extra arms fall
down, he/she will kill him. Since the she started giving him in everybody's lap.
When she gave him to Krishn, they fell down. She prayed Krishn not to kill him,
Krishn assured her to pardon his 100 mistakes on which He could kill him. That is
what He did in Yudhisthir's Raajsooya Yagya and killed him on his 101st abuse. This
was his last birth so he got absorbed in Krishn. Read his story in