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The Warrior Who Could Wipe Out Everyone In Mahabharatha

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The Mahabharata is an epic legendary narrative of the Kurukshetra War and the fates of the Kaurava and the Pandava princes. It also contains philosophical and devotional material, such as a discussion of the four "goals of life". The Mahabharata is the longest epic poem known and has been described as "the longest poem ever written". Its longest version consists of over 100,000 sloka or over 200,000 individual verse lines (each shloka is a couplet), and long prose passages.

Before the Mahabharata war began, Lord Krishna queried the warriors how many days they would take to finish Mahabharat war alone. Bhishma answered that he would take 20 days to finish the war. Dronacharya said 25 days. Karna  said he would take 24 days. Arjuna told Krishna it would take 28 days for him to complete the battle. 

But, one warrior answered Krishna that, he would take just a minute to finish Mahabharat war alone. 

But, WHO WAS HE?

It was none other than, BARBARI OR BARBARIKA.

Barbari or Barbarika has been a less written but important character of Mahabharat. He has been the illustrious son of the great warrior Ghatotkacha. Ghatotkacha has been himself the son of great Bhima and Hidimba.

Lord Shiva has granted him three infallible arrows which had the power to conquer the whole world. Agni god has bestowed him with a bow.

Barbarika was willing to participate in the Mahabharat war, for which his mother granted him the permission. Say this, he setup his journey to visit the battle field. 

On the other hand, Krishna having heard of Barbarika and wanting to examine his strength, as a Brahmin came in front of him asked Barbari as how many days he would require to finish Mahabharat war? Barbari replied that he would take only a minute. Krishna baited Barbarika by mocking him for going to the great battle with only three arrows. To this, Barbarika explained Krishna the power of three arrows;

1.  The first arrow was supposed to mark all the objects that Barbarika wanted to be destroyed.

2. The second arrow was supposed to mark all the objects that Barbarika wanted to be saved. 

3. The third arrow was supposed to mark all the objects marked by the first arrow OR destroy all the objects not marked by the second arrow.

 And at the end of this all the arrows would come return to the quiver. Krishna eager to test this out asked Barbarika to tie all the leaves of the tree that he was standing under. As Barbarika started meditating to perform the task, Krishna took one leaf from the tree and placed it under his foot without Barbarika's knowledge. When Barbarika releases the first arrow, the arrow marks all the leaves from the tree and eventually starts revolving around Lord Krishna's feet. Krishna asks Barbarika as to why the arrow is doing this. To this Barbarika replies that there must be a leaf under your feet and asks Krishna to lift his leg. As soon as Krishna lifts his leg, the arrow goes ahead and marks the remaining leaf too.

This incident scares Lord Krishna about the phenomenal power of Barbarika. He concludes that the arrows are truly infallible. Krishna also realizes that in the real battlefield in case Krishna wants to isolate someone (for eg the 5 Pandavas) from Barbarika's attack, then he would not be able to do so, since even without the knowledge of Barbarik, the arrow would go ahead and destroy the target if Barbarika intended so. 

Krishna then asks the boy whom he would favour in the war of Mahabharat. Barbarika reveals that he intends to fight from the weaker side, as he (Barbarika's) had promised his mother earlier. As Pandavas have only seven Akshouhini army, when compared to Kauravas eleven, he considers that Pandavas are weak and hence wants to support them. Krishna explains  consequence of his word to Barbarika’s mother.

Krishna tells that whichever side Barbarika supports will only make the other side weak due to his power. Nobody has the skill or power to defeat him. Hence, he is forced to support the other side that has become weaker due to his word to his mother. Thus, in an actual war, he will keep switching between the two sides, thereby destroying the entire army of both sides and eventually only he survives. Subsequently, none of the side is victorious as he will be the only lone survivor. 

Thus Krishna (still disguised as a Brahmin) asks for Barbarik's head in charity to avoid his involvement in the war.

As a true Kshatriya, he offered himself to be sacrificed, but he did have a condition.

The condition was, Barbarika expresses his desire to view the forthcoming battle. To this Krishna agreed to place Barbarika's head on top of the mountain that overlooked the battlefield. At the end of the war, the Pandavas argued amongst themselves about whose was the greatest contribution to their victory. To this Krishna suggests that Barbarika's head should be allowed to judge this since it has watched the entire war. Barbarika's head suggests it was Krishna alone who was responsible for the victory in the war. His advice, his strategy and his presence was crucial in the victory.

Hence, we can come to a conclusion that, Krishna was the one of the greatest, most powerful warrior and the actual HERO of MAHABHARAT.

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