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Mahabharata character
FamilyShantanu (father) Satyavati (mother) Vichitravirya (brother) Bhishma (half-brother)

Chitrāngada (Sanskrit: चित्रांगद, citrāngada) was a king in ancient India. In the Mahabharata, he is the elder son of Shantanu and Satyavati, ascending the throne of Hastinapura after his father's death.[1]

His life as a warrior

Following the wishes of queen Satyavati, Bhishma had placed Chitrangada on the throne of the kingdom of the Kurus after Shantanu's departure. Chitrangada was a great warrior and defeated many powerful enemies and Asuras. Finally, the king of the Gandharvas, who was his namesake, came to challenge him. A fierce battle took place between the two warriors on the bank of the river Hiranyavati, lasting three years. In the end the chief of the Gandharvas defeated the Kuru king and killed him.[2] After having performed the rites of the dead, Bhishma immediately consecrated Chitrangada's younger brother Vichitravirya to the kingdom.[3].


  • Citrangada in: M.M.S. Shastri Chitrao, Bharatavarshiya Prachin Charitrakosha (Dictionary of Ancient Indian Biography, in Hindi), Pune 1964, p. 213
  • J.A.B. van Buitenen, Mahabharata, vol. 1, The University of Chicago Press, 1973


  1. ^ Shastri Chitrao (1964), p. 213
  2. ^ Bhanu, Sharada (1997). Myths and Legends from India - Great Women. Chennai: Macmillan India Limited. p. 6. ISBN 0-333-93076-2.
  3. ^ van Buitenen (1973), p. 227; Mbhr. 1.95.5-14 (Pune Critical Edition)

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