Most people see Abhimanyu’s wife Uttara as a young helpless girl who is also the unluckiest character in Mahabharata. When I searched for an image of Uttara to post, even the Wikipedia pages, mentioning her, contains only the pictures of her, crying.
However, this perception is far from the truth, while she is unlucky for sure; she is also the bravest women featured in Mahabharatha.
Let’s go through her life:
- Uthara was married to Abimanyu just before the war began. She was separated from her husband within a few days of marriage. She was 15 years of age at that time.
- She lost her beloved brother very soon in war.
- Abhimanyu was killed on the 13th day of the Kurukshetra War.
- She lost her father too in the war.
- Her only hope then was the baby she was carrying. In the final encounter between Arjun and Ashwathama, Ashwathama directs his Brahmastra to destroy the fetus in womb and thereby destroy the entire lineage of Pandavas. The baby dies in her womb (though Krishna resurrects it).
A series of unfortunate events, but that did not break down that 15-year-old girl. She struggled. She survived, and raised her son Parikshit to a become a great heir to the throne of Hastinapur.
Calling her “Unlucky” is a serious injustice to her charater. She is one of the strongest women of Mahabharata.
Our country was built on the strength and character of such great women. #womanhood