The Bhagavad Gita | Study Guide


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The Bhagavad Gita | Characters

Character Description
Arjuna Arjuna is a prince of the Pandava clan. He is a brave warrior and famous for his skill in archery. Read More
Krishna Krishna, sometimes referred to as "Lord Krishna," is an incarnation of the god Vishnu, known as the sustainer. Also called Madhava, he is regarded as the supreme being from whom all other gods and beings come. Read More
Bhima The second of the Pandava brothers, Bhima is renowned for his physical strength and ferocity. Drona mentions him as leader of the Pandava army.
Bhishma A respected warrior and devotee of Krishna, Bhishma leads the Kaurava army against the Pandavas in battle.
Brahma Brahma is the creator god in the Hindu pantheon. Stories tell of his being born in a lotus from the navel of the god Vishnu, the sustainer.
King Dhritarashtra King Dhritarashtra is the blind king who is head of the Kaurava family. He is a close friend of the poet Sanjaya, who narrates the Bhagavad Gita.
Drona Teacher to the Kauravas and Pandavas, Drona becomes Prince Duryodhana's teacher and adviser in the battle between Kauravas and Pandavas.
Prince Duryodhana The eldest son of King Dhritarashtra, Prince Duryodhana is the leader of the Kaurava troops.
Indra An ancient god in the Hindu pantheon, Indra is the god of the heavens and commands thunder and lightning.
Janaka Janaka is a seventh- or eighth-century Indian king and revered sage. According to Krishna, he obtained enlightenment and was not reborn.
Kauravas The Kauravas in the context of the Bhagavad Gita are the descendants of the famous King Kuru and, more specifically, the sons of King Dhritarashtra. King Dhritarashtra has 100 sons, and they make up the majority of the Kaurava army.
Kurus The Kurus are descendants of King Kuru and include both the Kauravas and Pandavas.
Pandavas Descendants of King Kuru, the Pandavas are the sons of King Pandu, half-brother to King Dhritarashtra, and thus are cousins to his sons the Kauravas. Pandu began his own lineage, so his sons are called Pandavas, or "sons of Pandu."
Sanjaya The poet who narrates the Bhagavad Gita, Sanjaya is King Dhritarashtra's friend and charioteer.
Shiva Shiva is one of the most powerful Hindu gods, known as the destroyer. He is the god, or the aspect of God, who represents destruction and transformation.
Vishnu Vishnu is considered one of the incarnations of Krishna, or vice versa, and is known as the sustainer of the universe.
Yudhishthira Yudhishthira is a prince and the firstborn of the Pandavas.
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