The epic battle at Kurukshetra, described in Mahabharata was fought between cousins Pandava and Kaurava. It was one of the deadliest battles ever fought by mankind where millions died because of the greed and jealousy of one man, Duryodhana.
The war lasted for 18 days.
As a last attempt at peace between Kaurava and Pandava, Sri Krishna traveled to the kingdom of Hastinapur to persuade the Kauravas to avoid war.
Sri Krishna asked Duryodhana to return Indraprastha to the Pandavas and restore the status quo, or at least give five villages, one for each of the Pandavas; Duryodhana refused.
Krishna's peace proposals were ignored and dismissed, and Duryodhana publicly ordered his soldiers to arrest Krishna despite warnings from the elders. Krishna laughed and displayed his divine form, radiating intense light. He cursed Duryodhana that his downfall was certain at the hands of the one who was sworn to tear off his thigh.
The war of Mahabharat was fought on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.
Kurukshetra is named after king Kuru, after which the dynasty was called Kuru Vansh.
A total of 18 akshauhinis fought in the war of Mahabharat.
The war lasted 18 days and began after blowing Panchjanya (conch) by Sri Krishna.
(One Akshauhini Army consists of 21,870 Chariots, 21,870 Elephants, 65,610 Horses and 1,09,350 Foot Soldiers.)
Kaurava side was led by Dhritarashtra’s son Duryodhana and was supported by his brothers. He was supported by warriors like Bhishma, Drona, Kripa, Ashwatthama, Karna, Shalya, Alambusha, Vinda-Anuvinda, Kritavarma, Jayadrath, Jalasandha, Bhagdatta, Somdutta, Bhurishrava and other warriors from all across the world. They had support of eleven Akshouhini strong army in their favour.
Bhisma was the first commander of Kaurav Army.
Shrikrishna's Narayani Sena supported the Kaurava side lead by Kritvarma.
The Pandava side was led by Pandu’s son Yudhishthira and was supported by his brothers Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva. They also had the support from armies of Panchala and Virata kingdoms along with various kingdoms across the world.
Pandava had a seven Akshouhini strong army with warriors like Satyaki, Dhrishtadyumna, Shikhandi, Drupad, Virat, Ghatotkacha, Abhimanyu, Iravan, Yudhamanyu, Uttamauja, Yuyutsu, Princes of Kekaya and Uppandavas fighting for them.
Dhrishtadyumna was the first commander of the Pandava Army.
Shrikrishna supported the Pandava side by taking up the role of Arjuna’s charioteer.
In the End
It was one of the deadliest battles ever fought by mankind where millions died because of the greed and jealousy of one man, Duryodhana.
In the end almost everyone from both sides died and the Pandava side emerged victorious, after Duryodhana was killed by Bhima in a duel on the last day of the battle.
In the end Yudhishthira became the king of Hastinapur and all the surviving soldiers became Yudhishthira’s subjects.
Among surviving Kaurava warriors Kritavarma went back to Dwaraka and Kripacharya was appointed chief priest of Hastinapur.
Ashwatthama was cursed to roam around in pain because of his attempt to kill Abhimanyu’s unborn child in Uttara’s womb.
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Ranbhoomi Kurukshetra Board Game
How to Play
Navigate through the treacherous terrain of Kurukshetra during the 18 days of great war and survive through the combination of your luck (throw of the dice) and skill (use divyastras).
The objective of the game is to survive till the end
Player reaching the end point depicting the throne first wins. In case nobody is able to reach the end point and die before that, the player surviving till the end wins.
How to Play
The board is an illustrative depiction of the 18 days battle of Mahabharata which took place on the terrains of Kurukshetra. Favorable events for both the teams, namely Pandavas and Kauravas, have been plotted throughout the board.
Events on the board represent divine weapons Invoked by warriors. These divine weapons can be countered by the weapons given in the deck of cards.
While Dhritarashtra was the king, it was Duryodhana who called the shots in Hastinapur. When the time came for the battle, Hastinapur army naturally fought for Duryodhana and was led by him on the battlefield.
Shrikrishna made a promise to Duryodhana that his one akshauhini army will fight for him in the great war. Shrikrishna's Narayani Sena was led by Bhoja warrior Kritavarma on the battlefield.
The king of Anga, Karna owed his loyalty to Duryodhana due to their friendship and despite finding out his blood relationship with Pandava, he chose to fight for Kaurava. Karna, along with all his brothers and sons participated in the great war for Kaurava.
Nakula-Sahadeva's maternal uncle Shalya was tricked by Duryodhana into making a promise to fight for him in the great war. He kept his promise and led the army of Madra against Pandava.
Kingdom of Panchal was ruled by Drupada, who decided to side with his sons-in-law Pandava in the great war. Alongside Drupada all his sons led by Dhrishtadyumna and Shikhandi participated and led their respective units in battle.
Pandava spent the thirteenth year of exile in the Kingdom of Matsya, ruled by Virata. Virata daughter Uttara was married to Arjuna's son Abhimanyu before the war and they also joined Pandava's cause on the battlefield.
After the fall of Jarasandha, his son Sahadeva was made the king of Magadha by Shrikrishna. Sahadeva chose to side with Pandava in the great war and fought alongside them with his one akshauhini army.
Vrishni clan of Yadava's were Pandava's maternal relatives and their leader was Shrikrishna, who decided to take the role of Arjuna's charioteer. The Vrishni Army participated in the great war for Pandava, led by the great Satyaki.
Divyastra Cards represent divine weapons which help the players navigate through the board in case they land on an adverse event or happen to be in the same box with an opponent player.
Level 1 weapons are the most destructive and belong to tridevas.
Level 2 weapons are the weapons belonging to Indra and the thirty Gods.
Level 3 weapons are typically non-lethal and are used to create illusions.
Divyastra Rules for Ranbhoomi - Kurukshetra
Like a nuclear explosion, this can cause massive destruction all-around.
This is supreme weapon of Brahmadeva, can cause four times more damage than Brahmastra
Extremely rare weapon of Shrihari Narayan that can kill anyone trying to counter
Creates thousands of small arrows to attack many enemy soldiers at once
Astra of Mahadev is extremely destructive and can create multiple wild and fierce animals in the battlefield causing destruction in the enemy line
This armour can protect from every weapon except Narayanastra and Ghatotkacha's fall
This weapon released powerful arrows at the enemy with great speed. many enemy soldiers at once
Causes balls of fire
Can create rain of stones
This Tvashta's weapon can create an illusion that everyone starts seeing the enemy on everyone else thus killing each other
This Indra's weapon can make everything dry
Causes heavy rain and hailstorm
Causes strong winds and heavy storms
Garuda devours snakes
This can make the enemy unconscious
Can create illusions on the battlefield
Releases many serpents on the enemy
To trap enemy into a net made of metal
Makes you invisible
This weapon of Manu can throw the opponent many miles away
This can bring unconscious persons back to consciousness
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