Bhima was intelligent

Why is the life of Nakula and Sahadeva often neglected?

Only in the Mahābhārata-based television series, not the original Mahābhārata.


Nakula was the most beautiful man in the world. He has been compared to Kāmadeva because of his good looks. He was a swordsman and was equally familiar with bows, maces, and other weapons. He had a great talent for riding a horse while it was raining and not being hit by the rain.

Nakula was an expert in Ayurveda.

He was an excellent horse keeper and rider. Nakula's deep understanding of horse breeding and training is documented in the Mahābhārata after the death of Narakāsura by Kṛṣṇa. In a conversation with Virāta, Nakula claimed to know the art of treating all diseases in horses. He was also a highly skilled charioteer.

Draupadi described Nakula as

"The most beautiful person in the world." As an accomplished swordsman, he was also "well versed in every question of morality and profit" and "endowed with great wisdom". He devoted himself steadfastly to his brothers, who in turn considered him more valuable than their own lives. The name Nakula generally means full of love and the masculine qualities the name implies are: intelligence, focus, hard work, beauty, health, attractiveness, success, popularity, respect and unconditional love. "

In the Rājasūya Yajña, Nakula was given the responsibility to conquer the kingdoms of the west. Nakula conquered all of the West Indies for him. He defeated the Sibi ruler, he conquered Malva, the kingdom of Saurashtra and many other rulers.

Once in 13 years of exile, Jatāsura, disguised as a Brahmin, kidnapped Nakula along with Draupadi, Sahadeva and Yudhiṣṭhira. Bhīma eventually saved them, and in the ensuing battle, Nakula killed Kshemankara, Mahamaha, and Suratha.

When the Yakṣa Yudhiṣṭhira offered to bring one of his brothers back to life, Yudhiṣṭhira chose Nakula.

Role in the KuruKṣētra war

Nakula was given responsibility for one of the seven Akṣauhiṇī armies that fought from the Pāṇḍava side. If he had been ignored, he would never have assumed such a great responsibility in the great war.

As a warrior, Nakula killed prominent war heroes on the enemy side. The flag of Nakula's chariot bore the image of a red deer with a gold back.

  • On the first day of the war, Nakula defeated Duḥśāsana and spared his life so that Bhīma could fulfill his oath.
  • On the 11th day, Nakula defeated Śalya and destroyed his uncle's chariot.
  • On the 13th day his advance in Droņa's formation was repulsed by Jayadratha.
  • On the 14th day he defeated Śakuni and his son Ulūka together with Sahadeva.
  • On the 15th day he was defeated by Duryodhana and saved by Chekitāna.
  • On the 16th and 17th days he gave Karṇa a tough fight, but was defeated and spared by the latter.
  • On the 18th day of the war he killed three sons of Karṇa, Suṣēṇa, Chitrasena and Satyasena.


Sahadeva was the best swordsman in the world. Of all the brothers, Kuntī loved him the most.

Sahadeva had the most knowledge among his brothers; He was a TriKāla Darśī, that is, he knew about every event of the past, present and future. In fact, Yudhiṣṭhira describes him as intelligent like Bṛhaspati - the divine teacher of the gods. He was also a Masters in Medicine, Equastrian Skills, Cattle Veterinary, Politics, and the Humanities. He was Samarāta Yudhiṣṭhira's private advisor.

Yudhiṣṭhira and Kṛṣṇa trusted his knowledge and trusted his advice. He was also a great astrologer. During the conquest of neighboring kingdoms by Pāṇḍava, he played an important role in many battles.

It is said that he was a great astrologer and knew everything even beforehand, including the Mahābhārata battle. But he was cursed that if he revealed the events to anyone, his head would break to pieces.

A "Sahadeva" is someone who is aware of everything, but prefers to be silent

He also learned the Vedas. He mastered his skills in fencing and ax fighting. He also acquired the Nitishastra from Bṛhaspati, the guru of the devas.

Draupadi described Sahadeva as,

"Sahadeva, the youngest of the brothers and like the others who are impressive in war and observe morals. Master of Swords" Heroic, intelligent, wise and always angry, there is no other man who can give him intelligence or eloquence among gatherings of equivalent is the wise. Determined in warfare and a person who can answer any question about moral values ​​and the Vedas. "

Role in Rājasūya Yajña

It was only Sahadeva who suggested Kṛṣṇa's name as the person to be worshiped first.

Sahadeva was given the responsibility to conquer the kingdoms of the south. He was chosen specifically for the south because he was familiar with the sword and because Bhīṣma believed that southerners are generally familiar with sword fighting.

The Mahābhārata mentions several kingdoms south of Indraprastha that were conquered by Sahadeva. Some of them are as follows:

  • Śūraseṇa
  • Pāṇḍya dynasty
  • Matsya, the king Dantavakra, the kings Sukumara, Sumitra, other Matsyas and Patacharas.
  • Vibhīṣaṇa, the king of Laṅkā and brother of Rāvaṇa. He offered him various kinds of jewels and precious stones, sandalwood, celestial ornaments, precious clothing, and precious pearls.
  • In Kiṣkindhā, the monkey kings Mainda and Dwivida were defeated in a seven-day war.
  • City of Māhiṣmatī, which was ruled by King Nila. Since the kingdom had the blessing of Agni, a great fire obstructed the army when Sahadeva tried to invade; later a prayer to Agni Sahadeva enabled the conquest to be completed.
  • King Rukmī of Vidarbha and areas of Bhojakata
  • Nishadas, the hill of Gosringa and King Srenimat.
  • Navarashtra under King Kunti-Bhoja
  • King Jamvaka on the banks of the Charmanwati River.
  • Areas on the banks of the Venwa.
  • Kingdoms that lay on the banks of the Narmada.
  • Avanti, kings named Vinda and Anuvinda, city of Bhojakata
  • King of Kosala
  • Surparaka Kingdom, Talakatas and Daṃḍakāraṇya
  • Mlechchha tribe living on the sea coast, nishadas, cannibals, karnapravarnas and kalamukhas (a cross between humans and rakshasas) and the entire area of ​​the Cole Mountains.
  • Surabhipatna and the island called Copper Island and a mountain called Ramaka.
  • The city of Timingila and a wild tribe known as the Kerakas, who were men with one leg.
  • The city of Sanjayanti, lands of the Pashandas, Karahatakas, Paundrayas, Dravidas, Udrakeralas, Andhras, Talavanas, Kalingas and Ushtrakarnikas, Sekas and Yavanas
  • Paurava Kingdom

During the loss of the game (Dyut-Krida), Sahadeva took an oath to kill Śakuni.

Role in the KuruKṣētra war

Sahadeva was very good at astrology. Duryodhana approached Sahadeva on the advice of Śakuni to seek the right time (muhurta) to start the Mahābhārata war so that the Kauravas would be victorious. Sahadeva announced the same thing for the Kauravas, even though they knew that Kauravas were their enemy, as Sahadeva was known to be very honest. This says that Sahadeva was also respected from the Kaurava side. Then Kṛṣṇa planned an eclipse much before the war began. In the meantime, both the sun and moon were shocked by Kṛṣṇa's thoughts and appeared before Kṛṣṇa, declaring that this would create a great imbalance in the entire universe. Then Kṛṣṇa explained that the earth, moon and sun are together in one place and that this was in itself a solar eclipse.

As a warrior, Sahadeva killed prominent war heroes on the enemy side. The flag of Sahadeva's chariot bore the image of a silver swan. His shell was called Manipushpaka.

  • He defeated 40 brothers of Duryodhana and fought against them at the same time.
  • On the 14th day he killed Trigata Prince Niramitra.
  • On the 17th day he killed Śalya's son.
  • On the 18th day he killed Śakuni & hia's son Ulūka. The main opponent of the Mahābhārata was killed by Sahadeva. So how can he be an ignored character?

Examples from Mahābhārata tell of the connection between Nakula & Sahadeva and the rest of Pāṇḍavas

While the Pāṇḍavas lived in Hastinapur, the maternal uncle of Nakula & Sahadeva, King Shalya, and the ruler of the kingdom of Mādra, brought his nephews Nakula and Sahadeva to Mādra for a spell every year. On her fifteenth birthday, Śalya announced his intention to make the twins his heirs. Śalya argued that one day Nakula might be a king rather than fourth on the throne of Hastinapura ... provided Yudhiṣṭhira was made her heir at all. The wise Nakula pointed out that Śalya only wanted Nakula and Sahadeva as his heirs because both were children of God - in fact Śalya avoided his own children with this move. Nakula claimed that while he and Sahadeva, who remain with the Pāṇḍavas, would not give them power, his brothers and kuntī really loved him and would never try to make Nakula and Sahadeva their farmers. Nakula laments that if he becomes Śalya's heir, then he will become Śalya's farmer. After some reflection, Nakula is convinced that Śalya is real. He and Sahadeva become the heir to the throne, but Sahadeva told his uncle on one condition: they will always remain with the Pāṇḍavas.

When Śalya got into Duryodhana's trick and was forced to fight for the Kauravas. Then Śalya met the Pāṇḍavas and apologized for his mistake. Nakula and Sahadeva got angry and said that Śalya had really proven that Nakula and Sahadeva were not real brothers of the Pāṇḍavas, only stepbrothers. Yudhiṣṭhira quickly stepped in and reprimanded the twins and ordered that they should never discount their relationship by saying they were "stepbrothers". It was then that Śalya realized that he had underestimated their brotherly bond.

So Nakula and Sahadeva had their prominent roles in the Mahābhārata.

I suggest that you don't rely too much on TV series, they are made solely for TRP. Read the Mahābhārata