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Parikṣit


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In the Mahābhārata, the son of Abhimanyu and Uttarā, and so the grandson of Arjuna. Kṛṣṇa revivifies him in his mother's womb after all the other Pāṇḍava women have been made barren by Aśvatthāman. He becomes king after Yudhiṣṭhira renounces the throne and retires from the world. It is to Parikṣit's son, King Janamejaya, that, according to its own framing account, the Mahābhārata is first recited by Vaiśaṃpāyana at a great snake sacrifice performed to avenge Parikṣit's death by snakebite. In a somewhat different framing story, Parikṣit also appears as the person to whom the Bhāgavata Purāṇa is recited.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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