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Mythological Characters

A

  • Abhimanyu: Son of Arjun (the third Pandav)

  • Adishakti: The supreme power; The supreme lord; a.k.a. Adimaya

  • Aditi: Mother of all Gods and Goddesses; Wife of Kashyap Rishi

  • Agni: God of Fire

  • Amba: Daughter of king of Kashi, reborn as Shikandini

  • Ambalika: Daughter of king of Kashi, Daughter in law of Satyavati

  • Ambika: Daughter of king of Kashi, Daughter in law of Satyavati

  • Anant Naag: a.k.a. Shesh Naag; Thousand headed white mystical serpant; Devotee and manifestation of Lord Vishnu

  • Anjana: Mother of Hanuman

  • Annapurna: The goddess of food and nourishment

  • Arjun: The third Pandav; Son of Kunti and Indra

  • Arun: Charioteer of Surya; Son of Kashyap Rishi and Vinata; Brother of Garud

  • Ashwatthama: Son of Guru Dronacharya (the teacher of the Kaurav and the Pandav); Rudra incarnation

  • Ashwini Kumar: The twin doctors of the gods

B

  • Bakasur: A demon who tormented villages by eating people

  • Balaram: Krishna's elder brother; Incarnation of Ananta Shesha 

  • Bali: Rakshas king; Son of Virochan; Grandson of Pralhad

  • Bhadrakali: The most fierce avtar of Adishakti

  • Bhanmati: Pradyumna's foster mother and teacher

  • Bharat: Incarnation of Panchajanya (Vishnu's conch shell); Ram's younger brother

  • Bhavanimata: Form of Parvati

  • Bheem: The second Pandav; Son of Kunti and Vayu

  • Bhishma: Son of Shantanu and Ganga; a.k.a. Devavrat

  • Brahma: One of the three principal Gods in Hindu Mythology; Creator of the universe; Consort of Saraswati

  • Bruhaspati: Teacher of all the gods

C

  • Chandra: The Moon God

D

  • Daksha: Father of Sati; Consort of Prasuti

  • Daruk: Krishna's friend and charioteer

  • Dasharath: Father of Ram, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrugna; King of Ayodhya; Consort of Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaykeyi

  • Devaki: Krishna's biological mother

  • Devavrat: Son of Shantanu and Ganga; a.k.a. Bhishma

  • Dhrupad: King of Panchal; Father of Shikhandi, Draupadi, Dhrishtadyumna

  • Dhrutarashtra: King of Kuru Clan; Elder brother of Pandu

  • Draupadi: Princess of Panchal Kingdom; Wife of Pandav

  • Dronacharya: Actual name Dron; Teacher of Kaurav and Pandav; Avtar of Bruhaspati (the teacher of the gods); Father of Ashwatthama

  • Drushtadyumna: Son of King Dhrupad; Brother of Draupadi

  • Duryodhan: Eldest son of Gandhari and Dhrutarashtra; Eldest Kaurav

  • Dushyasan: Second son of Gandhari and Dhrutarashtra; Second eldest Kaurav

G

  • Ganapati: a.k.a. Ganesh; Lord of beginnings and of good fortune; Son of Parvati and Shiva

  • Gandhari: Princess of Gandhar kingdom, Queen of Kuru Clan

  • Ganga: Sacred river in India; Wife of Shantanu; Mother of Bhishma; Also known as the second wife of Lord Shiva

  • Garud: Eagle; Devotee and mount of Vishnu

  • Ghatotkach: Son of Hidimba and Bheem; King of a Demon clan

H

  • Hanuman: Incarnation of Shiva; Son of Anjana and Kesari from the Monkey clan

  • Hidimb: A mayavi asur

  • Himalay: The divine mountain located north of India; Father of Goddess Parvati 

  • Hiranyakashyapu: Evil King of Asur; Father of Pralhad

  • Hiranyaksha: Brother of Hiranyakashyapu

  • Holika: Sister of asur Hiranyakashyapu; Aunt of Pralhad

I

  • Indra: King of heaven; King of all Gods

J

  • Jagadamba: Avtar of Adishakti

  • Jamadagni: Avtar of Kashyap and Shiva; Son of Rishchik Rishi; Consort of Renuka; Father of Parshuram

  • Janak: King of Mithila; Father of Sita

  • Janmejay: King of Kuru Kingdom; Son of Parikshit; Grandson of Abhimanyu; Great grandson of Arjun

  • Jarasandha: King of Magadh Kingdom

  • Jatayu: A divine bird in the epic Ramayan

  • Jayadrath: King of Sindhu Kingdom; Consort of Dushala (Kuru daughter)

K

  • Kadru: Mother of Naag; Wife of Kashyap Rishi

  • Kaliya: A poisonous giant snake

  • Kalki: The tenth out of the ten incarnations of Vishnu (Yet to be born)

  • Kama: a.k.a. Madan; God of love

  • Kamsa: King of Matura; Krishna's uncle

  • Karna: Son of Kunti and Surya; Foster son of Adhirath and Radha

  • Kartikeya: God of war; Son of Shiva and Parvati

  • Kashyap Rishi: One of the important sages of Indian Mythology; One of the Saptarishis (the seven great sages); Consort of Aditi

  • Kaykeyi: Third wife of King Dashrath; Mother of Bharat; Step-mother of Ram

  • Kichak: The chief of army of the Virat kingdom

  • Kripacharya: Teacher of all the children in the Kuru Kingdom except the princes; Brother-in-law to Dronacharya

  • Krishna: The eighth out of the ten incarnations of Vishnu; consort of Rukmini

  • Krutya: Goddess of violence; Form of Adishakti

  • Kunti: Mother of Pandav and Karna; Consort of King Pandu

L

  • Lakshman: Incarnation of Anant Shesh; Ram's younger brother

  • Lakshmi: One of the three principal Goddesses in Hindu Mythology; Goddess of wealth; Consort of Vishnu

  • Lanka: A rakshasi who used to protect the island of Lanka

M

  • Madan: a.k.a. Kama; God of love

  • Mahesh: Shiva

  • Mahishasur: Evil demon king

  • Mandodari: Consort of Ravan

  • Manu: King of ancient India; Known as the first human

  • Matsya: The first out of the ten incarnations of Vishnu; Means fish

  • Maya: Adishakti; Goddess of illusion

  • Mayasur: An asur who was an expert in the art of maya i.e. illusion 

  • Mohini: Female avtar donned by Vishnu: Meaning: enchanting

  • Mooshak: Vahan (mount) of Lord Ganesh

N

  • Nakul: The fourth Pandav; Son of Kunti and Ashwini Kumar

  • Nanda: Krishna's father (foster); Chief of Gokul

  • Nandi: Bull; Devotee and mount of Shiva

  • Narad: The most reverred Sage; Son of Brahma and Saraswati

  • Narasinvha: The fourth out of the ten incarnations of Vishnu; Half- man, half-lion

  • Narayan: Another name of Lord Vishnu

  • Nishumbha: Evil rakshas king; Son of Hiranyaksha; Brother of Shumbha

P

  • Pandu: Retired King of Kuru Clan; Younger brother of Dhrutarashtra

  • Parashar: One of the important sages of Indian mythology; Father of Ved Vyas; Author of many texts including Vishnu Puran

  • Parikshit: Grandson of Arjun and Subhadra; Son of Uttara and Abhimanyu

  • Parshuram: The sixth out of the ten incarnations of Vishnu

  • Parvati: One of the three principal Goddesses in Hindu Mythology; Uma's reincarnation; Goddess of pure power; Consort of Shiva

  • Pradyumna: Son of Rukmini and Krishna; Incarnation of Madan

  • Pralhad: Just King of Asur; Devotee of Vishnu; Son of Hiranyakashyapu

  • Prasuti: Mother of Sati; Consort of Daksha

  • Prithvi: The earth

  • Purochan: Architect and builder who built the Lakshagruha

R

  • Ram: The seventh out of the ten incarnations of Vishnu; Consort of Sita

  • Ravan: Demon King of Lanka

  • Renuka: Avtar of Parvati and Aditi; Mother of Parshuram; Consort of Jamadagni

  • Rishchik: Father of Jamadagni

  • Rohini: Balaram and Subhadra's mother; Vasudev's first wife

  • Rudra: Shiva

  • Rukmini: Incarnation of Lakshmi; Consort of Krishna

S

  • Sahadev: The fifth Pandav; Son of Kunti and Ashwini Kumar

  • Samba: Son of Krishna and Jambavati; Rudra incarnation

  • Sanjay: Dhrutarashtra's charioteer and advisor

  • Saptarishi: The seven great sages

  • Saraswati: One of the three principal Goddesses in Hindu Mythology; Consort of Brahma

  • Sati: Incarnation of Shakti; Daughter of King Daksha; Consort of Shiva; Avtar of Parvati

  • Satyavati: Second wife of Shantanu

  • Shakuni: Prince of Gandhar; Brother of Gandhari

  • Shambar: A demon king who was slayed by Pradyumna

  • Shantanu: King of Kuru clan; Father of Bhishma

  • Sheshnaag: a.k.a. Anantanaag; Thousand headed white mystical serpant; Devotee and manifestation of Lord Vishnu

  • Shikhandi (Male): Born as the daughter of Drupad, gets gender changed before the war; Rebirth of Amba

  • Shikhandini (Female): Born as the daughter of Drupad, gets gender changed before the war; Rebirth of Amba

  • Shishupal: King of Chedi kingdom; Krishna's cousin brother

  • Shiva: One of the three principal Gods in Hindu Mythology; Destroyer of Evil; Consort of Parvati

  • Shukracharya: Teacher of the Asur clan

  • Shumbha: Evil rakshas king; Son of Hiranyaksha; Brother of Nishumbha

  • Sita: Incarnation of Lakshmi; consort of Ram

  • Subal: King of Gandhar kingdom; Father of Gandhari and Shakuni

  • Surya: The Sun God

T

  • Takshak: A serpant king

  • Tarakasur: A mighty, powerful demon

U

  • Uma: Wife of Shiva; Avtar of Parvati

V

  • Vaishampayan: Rishi who narrated the epic Mahabharat for the first time; Pupil of Ved Vyas

  • Vaman: The fifth out of the ten incarnations of Vishnu; Small Brahman boy

  • Varaha: The third out of the ten incarnations of Vishnu

  • Varun: God of the oceans

  • Vasishtha Rishi: Revered Vedic Sage; One of the Saptarishi

  • Vasudev: Krishna's biological father

  • Vasuki: King of snakes

  • Vayu: Lord of the winds

  • Vidur: Chief Minister of Kuru kingdom; Step brother of Pandu and Dhrutarashtra; Avtar of Yam

  • Vinata: Mother of birds; Wife of Kashyap Rishi; Mother of Garud and Arun

  • Vishnu: One of the three principal Gods in Hindu Mythology; Preserver of the universe; Consort of Lakshmi

  • Vishwakarma: Architect of the gods

  • Vridhakshatra: Father of Jayadrath

  • Vyas: a.k.a. Ved Vyas; The author of Mahabharat; First son of Satyavati (from previous relationship)

Y

  • Yam: God of Justice and death

  • Yashoda: Krishna's mother (foster)

  • Yogamaya: Shakti that is responsible for everything that exists

  • Yudhishthir: Eldest Pandav; Son of Kunti and Yam; Consort of Draupadi

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