Barbarika: Tale Behind The Unsung Hero


The story of the warrior Barbarika who could finish Mahabharata in 30 seconds is untold. You may have heard of Arjun, Bhishma and other strong, valiant characters from the Mahabharata. Before the Mahabharata began, Lord Krishna asked all the warriors how many days they would take to finish Mahabharata war.

Bhishma answered that he would take 20 days to finish the war. Dronacharya replied that it would take him 25 days. Karna said he would take 24 days.

Arjuna told Krishna it would take 28 days for him to complete the battle by himself. In this manner, Lord Krishna asked each warrior and received an answer. But did you know, there was a warrior who could finish the battle in just 30 seconds? So why didn’t that happen? Read further to find out! 

In the Skanda Purana, Barbarika was the child of Ghatotkacha and Maurvi (girl of Daitya Moor, a Yadava ruler). Local of Kathmandu Valley refer to him as Akash Bhairav.  In Gujarat, he is loved as Baliyadev. 

When the fight between the Pandavas and the Kauravas had turned become inescapable, he wanted to observe the Mahabharata War.

He assured his mother that if he had to in the fight, he would join the side which would lose. He rode to the field on his Blue horse outfitted with his three bolts and a bow.


Bearer of Three Arrows

Barbarika was the grandson of Bhima and the child of Ghatotkacha. Ghatotkacha was the child of Bhima and Hidimba. Since his youth, Barbarika was a daring warrior. He took in the essence of fighting from his mother. The divine beings (Ashtadeva) gave him the three dependable arrows. Subsequently, Barbarika came to be known as “Teen Baan Dhari” or “Bearer of Three Arrows”.

Barbarika’s entry in Mahabharata

Krishna camouflaged as a Brahmin, halted Barbarika to look at his strength. When asked how long he would take to complete the war, Barbarika said he could complete it in 30 seconds. Krishna at that point asked Barbarika how he’d complete the incredible fight with only three arrows. 

He expressed that, the first bolt is to stamp every one of the things that he needs to be destroyed. When he utilizes the second bolt, it will check every one of the things that he needs to spare.

The third bolt will destroy everything not marked by the second arrow and then return to the quiver. At the end of the day, with one bolt he can fix every one of his objectives and with the other, he can destroy them.

Barbarika's entry in Mahabharata

Krishna’s test

Krishna at that point provoked him to tie every one of the leaves of the Peepal tree under which he was standing, utilizing his bolts. Barbarika acknowledged the test and began meditating to discharge his bolt by shutting his eyes.

As Barbarika began thinking, Krishna discreetly cut a leaf from the tree and hid it under his foot. When Barbarika discharged his first bolt, it denoted every one of the leaves of the tree and lastly began drifting around the leg of Krishna.

Krishna asked Barbarika for what valid reason the bolt was drifting over his foot. Barbarika said there must be a leaf under his foot and the bolt was focusing on his foot to stamp the leaf underneath.

Barbarika encouraged Krishna to lift his leg or the bolt would check the leaf by puncturing Krishna’s foot. Krishna, at that point, lifted his foot and the main bolt additionally denoted the shrouded leaf.

The third bolt at that point gathered every one of the leaves (counting the concealed leaf ) and integrated them. By this, Krishna came to know that the bolts were very amazing and dependable. Regardless of whether Barbarika knew of the whereabouts of the target, his bolts could explore them. 

Barbarika’s revelation

Barbarika's revelation

Krishna at that point asked who he would support in the war. Barbarika uncovered that he expected to battle for the side which is weak. The Pandavas had just seven armed forces compared to the eleven of the Kauravas.

Thus he needed to help the Pandavas. Krishna asked him if he had genuinely given a thought to the outcomes before giving such a word to his mother (about supporting the more weak side).

Barbarika expected that his help, to the generally more fragile Pandava side, would make them successful. In any case, Krishna uncovered the genuine outcome of his promise to his mother:

The consequence of his promise

Krishna told that whichever side he supported would finish up making the opposite side stronger because of his capacity. No one would be able to defeat him.

In the end, he would be forced to change sides to help the opposite side.  The one that had turned out to be weaker (because of his promise to his mother).

Along these lines, in a genuine war, he would continue wavering between different sides, consequently obliterating the whole armed force of the two sides and in the long run, just he would remain.

Thusly, none of the sides would end up triumphant and he would be the solitary survivor. Henceforth, Krishna evaded his support in the war by asking for his head in philanthropy.

Giving away his head in philanthropy

Krishna disclosed that before a fight, the boldest Kshatriya must be sacrificed so as to bless the war zone. Krishna said that he considered Barbarika to be the most valiant among Kshatriyas, and was consequently requesting his head in philanthropy.

In satisfaction of his guarantee, and in consistence with Krishna’s direction, Barbarika gave his head to him in philanthropy.

Before executing himself, Barbarika expressed to Krishna his incredible urge to see the pending fight and mentioned him to encourage the same. Krishna concurred and put his head over a slope sitting above the combat zone. From the slope, the head of Barbarika viewed the whole fight.

End of the Mahabharata

Towards the finish of the fight, the triumphant Pandava siblings contended among themselves with respect to who was in charge of the triumph. Krishna suggested that Barbarika’s head, which had viewed the entire fight shall pass judgment.

Barbarika’s head recommended that it was Krishna alone who was in charge of the triumph. Barbarika answered, “Everything I could see was two things. One, a perfect chakra turning all around the front line, executing every one of the individuals who were not in favor of Dharma.

Barbarika’s head recommended that it was Krishna alone who was in charge of the triumph. Barbarika answered, “Everything I could see was two things. One, a perfect chakra turning all around the front line, executing every one of the individuals who were not in favor of Dharma.

The other was the Draupadi who has taken her unique type of Goddess Mahakali, who spread out her tongue on the front line and devoured every one of the miscreants as her penance”.

Pandavas understood that it was Master Narayana and Goddess Parvati (Mahakali) who really tidied up the world from Adharma, and the Pandavas were just the means.

Places of worship

Places of worship

Barbarika’s other name is God Kamrunaag and he is worshiped in Region Mandi, in Himachal Pradesh. A lake and a temple are arranged in Kamru slope in Sundernagar, Region Mandi.

He saw the whole clash of Kurukshetra from the slope which is presently known as Khatushyam Temple, situated in Khatu town in Sikar Area, Rajasthan. 

There it is, the warrior who could finish Mahabharata in 30 seconds.

Also, you may like to read about the tale of Greatest Historic Tales for greater understanding of Hindu mythology.

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Posted On - June 28, 2019 | Posted By - Vijayasan913 | Read By -


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