Abhimanyu vadh (killing of Abhimanyu) from Mahabharata is a classic example of how evil people would stop at nothing to achieve their purpose.
It is a story of deception and blatant violation of war rules.
On the contrary, they thought that they were the ones on the side of dharma.
Duryodhana thought that as per Kshatriya dharma, the mighty should rule over the land.
But the Kauravas did not defeat the Pandavas and get their kingdom.
Even winning land through the game of dice was permitted.
But even in the game, they cheated.
Kauravas flourished, but their progress was founded on lies, cheating, and deception
The killing of Abhimanyu was a clear example of this.
As Dhritarashtra himself told Sanjaya after the war: The way my sons slaughtered that young boy, I became sure that we were going to lose the war.
On the thirteenth day of the Kurukshetra war, Dronacharya ordered the formation of Chakra-vyuha.
Chakra-vyuha had the shape of a rotating wheel.
All the veterans of the Kaurava side were inside the vyuha except Dronacharya.
Dronacharya was protecting it from outside.
There were thousands of horses, elephants, and chariots inside.
Chakra-vyuha was deadly.
It could swallow and finish anything that came its way.
Breaking the Chakra-vyuha was next to impossible.
Abhimanyu was just sixteen.
Yudhishthira asked Abhimanyu to break open the Chakra-vyuha.
This was because only four people knew how to break the Chakra-vyuha: Krishna, Pradyumna, Arjuna, and Abhimanyu.
At that time, Arjuna along with Krishna was engaged in fighting the Samshaptakas.
Only Abhimanyu was present there.
Abhimanyu would break the Chakra-vyuha.
The others would also enter the vyuha right after him through the gap he makes.
The Pandavas such as Yudhishtira and Bhima were just at a distance of half a chariot behind Abhimanyu.
Abhimanyu knew the weak spots.
Dronacharya tried to stop him for two ghatikas (48 minutes) but he failed.
Abhimanyu went past Dronacharya, broke the perimeter of the vyuha, and entered inside.
As soon as Abhimanyu entered inside, Jayadratha sealed the gap.
Jayadratha single-handedly stopped the Pandava army from entering the Chakra-vyuha.
He had a boon from Lord Shiva that other than Arjuna (with Krishna), he can face the whole Pandava army all alone.
Abhimanyu realized that he was all alone inside.
He just smiled and charged ahead.
Abhimanyu killed hundreds of kings who were allies of the Kauravas.
He killed thousands of soldiers, horses, and elephants.
He shattered thousands of chariots.
Dronacharya, Kripacharya, Karna, Ashwatthama, Kritavarma, and Brihadbala.
Out of these, Abhimanyu killed Brihadbala.
Dausshasani came in Brihadbala’s place.
They had no other option.
The Maharathis had to run for their lives several times.
As Shakuni told Duryodhana: He will kill us all one-by-one. Before that let us all get together and kill him.
As Karna told Dronacharya: His arrows are burning like fire upon my chest. I am not able to run away also. Please tell us a way to kill him.
Abhimanyu is invincible.
He can not be defeated in the normal way.
Cut his bowstring from behind.
Destroy his chariot.
Get rid of his weapons one by one.
Then only you can kill him.
They were in open violation of the rules of war mutually agreed upon.
But by that time, Abhimanyu was already severely wounded.
Arrows had pierced his whole body.
Streams of blood were gushing out.
Abhimanyu picked up a gada.
Dausshasani also fought with his gada.
They both fell down.
Dausshasani got up first and smashed Abhimanyu’s head.
Through his act of extreme bravery and valor, Abhimanyu became as famous as Krishna and Arjuna.
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