Who will see World War-III? | Warrior Barbarik lone witness of Mahabharata War

Beyond the Horizon

By Pradeep Kumar

New Nostradamus’ accurate fortune teller Hamilton-Parker, who had correctly predicted death of Queen Elizabeth-II and her son Charles to be new monarch, had predicted World War III will begin in 2023 in Taiwan, because of its conflicts with China and trigger by the collision of two aircrafts or submarines. But no sign of war is visible as 2023 would end soon.

The SARS-COVID-19, which had turned pandemic (to infect 99,317,718 and kill 1,21,790 people globally till 19.04.23 as reported to WHO), after the virus while being experimented as a biological weapon got leaked from Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) got leaked on 03.01.20, as was admitted by Dr Li-Meng Yan, who was assigned to investigate “new pneumonia” in Wuhan, adding that she had discovered a cover-up operation regarding coronavirus during her investigation. This had catapulted a World War like situation as many nations uniting against China.

Whether those born in 21st century would see the World War-III or not is unpredictable, but Kurukshetra War or Mahabharata War, fought between the Kauravas and the Pandavas for 18 days with Lord Krishna in the centre in around 3,000 years ago laying the foundation for Bhagavad Gita, was seen only by Barbarik, son of Ghatotkacha and grandson of Bhima.

Mahabharat was biggest war in history in which demigods, gods, great sages, warriors, devotees, disciples of great sages, princes, intellectuals, war veterans and immortal souls took part leading to massive destruction and deaths, but finally dharma (righteousness) won and adharma (unrighteousness) lost in the war that saw death of great warriors, like invincible Bhishma Pitamah, Guru Dronacharya, Karna and Abhimanyu.

It is said that total 18 akshauhini sena fought in the Kurushetra War – 7 akshauhini sena on Pandav side and 11 akshauhini sena on Kauravs side, who all came from different parts of Bharat. Each akshauhini sena amounted to 21,870 chariots, 21,870 elephants, 65,610 horses and 1,09,350 soldiers.  18 akshauhinis sena (chariots, elephants, horses & soliders) is equal to 218,700×18=39,36,600. While 24,05,700 armies (chariots, elephants, horses & soldiers) were from Pandavs’ side; 15,30,900 armies (chariots, elephants, horses & soldiers) were from Kauravs’ side.

Total 15,30,892 soldiers of Pandavs’ side died and eight known survivors were five Pandavas, Krishna, Satyaki & Yuyutsu while total 2,405,697 soldiers  of Kauravas’s side died and only three known survivors – Ashwatthama, Sage Kripa and Kritavarma. The war led to reunification of Kuru states of Hastinapura and Indraprastha under the Pandavas. Restoration of Panchala lands held by Drona to Panchala state.

Lord Shiva pleased with Barbarik’s talent as a warrior granted him three special arrows. He also got a special bow from Lord Agni. Barbarik was so powerful that he had claimed to have ended the war in a minute. But Lord Krishna in the disguise of Brahmin met him in the battlefield and learnt from his that he would be fighting for weaker side (the Kaurabas) as promised to his mother Ahilawati. Lord Krishna on examining realized that the three arrows were infallible, explained paradox of condition he had promised to his mother as he was the greatest warrior on the battlefield and whichever side he would join would make other side weaker. So eventually he would end up oscillating between two sides and destroy everyone except himself.

After showing his Vishvarupa, Lord Krisha sought his head to ensure victory of Pandavas in the Dhrma Yudhya. Barbarik wished to see the war to which Lord Krishan consented when he with a shot of his arrow cut his head which fell on the feet of Lord Krishna. Pleased with his sacrifice, Lord Krishna blessed him to be lone witness to the war and placed his live head on top of the mountain overlooking the battlefield and blessed him to be worshipped for his sacrifice.

After the war ended, there was a lot of confusion regarding whose contribution was more important. Lord Krishna said that only Barbarik who saw the entire war can answer impartially. When everyone asked Barbarik, he replied that in the war “All I could see was a divine chakra spinning all around the battlefield, killing all those who were not on the side of Dharma. Lord Krishna was behind the victory because of his advice, strategy and presence.”

Lord Krishna blessed him saying that in Kaliyuga he will be known by his name as Khatu Shyam and whenever anyone losing something would worship him would get it back and emerge victorious in life.

In Rajasthan, Barbarika is worshipped as Khatu Shyam in a temple and in Gujarat as Baliyadev. In Nepal, Kirati king Yalambar, is believed to be the Barbarik. Legend credits him with meeting Indra, the lord of heaven, who ventured into the Valley in human guise, while natives of Khatmandu Valley portray him as Akash Bhairav.


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