“I warned you once that
Would be the cause of
The annihilation of the kingdom.”
–Vidura in Mahabharata (207.30)
This post will be shorter than normal.
I was shocked to discover that there didn’t exist online any approximate charting of the opposing alliances which fought at the battle of Kurukshetra in the Mahabharata, according to the mythology. I’ve decided to fill that gap. This map is based on the information in F. E. Pargiter’s article called “The Nations of India at the Battle between the Pandavas and Kauravas,” and the “Races, Tribes and Castes” section of the Samsad Companion to the Mahabharata. I used the map located on AncientVoice as the basis image.
The most useful section of Pargiter’s article lists the alliances as follows (unfortunately I could not include his diacritical marks):
“We may sum up these results in the following way, leaving out of account all the insignificant tribes which merely furnished contingents to the larger kingdoms, that were near them and that claimed some overlordship over them.
“On the Pandava’s side were these: ––