Kritavarma : One of the servivors from Kaurava

Kritavarma  was an important Yadava warrior and chieftain, and a contemporary of Krishna. He finds mention in several ancient Sanskrit texts including the Mahābhārata, the Vishnu Purana, the Bhagavata and the Harivamsa.

He was born in the Andhaka clan of the Yadavas, and some sources describe him as a brother of Hrithika, who was the great grandfather of Krishna, but this seems unlikely. Though he is depicted as a devotee of Krishna in the Vishnu Purana, apparently he was not in good terms with Krishna, and was one of the conspirators who plotted to kill Satrajit, Krishna’s father-in-law during the Syamantaka Jewel episode.

During the great battle at Kurukshetra, Kritavarma was an ally of the Kauravas (as Narayani Sena was with Kauravas he led them) against the Pandavas and led the Yadava army (also called the Narayani Sena). He was one of the three survivors of the entire Kaurava army and had helped Ashwatthama in carrying out his heinous night time massacre of Panchala warriors, in which the latter had slaughtered among others, Dhrishtadyumna (the Pandava commander-in-chief), Shikhandi and the five sons of Draupadi. The event is described in the Sauptika Parva of the Mahābhārata. He returned to his kingdom after the war and was later killed by Satyaki in Dwarka during the final destruction of the Yadavas, as we find in the Mausala Parva of the Mahābhārata.


4 thoughts on “Kritavarma : One of the servivors from Kaurava

  1. Rajesh Rawal says:


    Who were three survivors from Kaurav side in Mahabharatha wsr ?

    Jai Shri Krishna,

  2. Madhusudana Rao A says:

    I heard that Lord Sri Krishna had a daughter, given birth to Rukmini. Kindly furnish her details.
    Really I surprised and elated to read your research work of Maha Bharatha. I had curiosity regarding time and details of Lord Sri Krishna. So I am surfing the web and Mahabhagavath Purana again and again. I found your website. Thanks to you.

  3. Mani Vasagan says:

    Your blog has many interesting and new information. I appreciate your depth of knowledge.
    The only hitch is that you use italics. It is difficult to read and gives eye strain.
    Italics are the print equivalent of underlining. The purpose of italic typefaces is to aid the reader’s comprehension by separating off certain words and phrases from their surrounding text.
    I am sorry to point this out. I write this because it is difficult to read entire articles in italics. Moreover I am 65 years old and a bit slow in reading. Hope you do not mistake.

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