Brihadbala Last King of Kosala Kingdom

Brihadbala is born to King Vishrutavanta, who was the last king of the Kosala Kingdom. In the Kurukshetra War, Brihadbala fought for the Kauravas and was killed by Abhimanyu.

According to the Vishnu Purana and Bhagavata Purana, Brihadbala is a descendant of Rama on Kusha's side, and belongs to the Ikshvaku dynasty. Brihadbala is considered to be the last king of the Ikshvaku dynasty; the dynasty spanned 31-32 generations between Rama and him.

The Mahabharata describes Brihadbala as the ruler of Kingdom of Kosala. He was subjugated by Bhima during the Rajasuya sacrifice, and a subsequent conquest by Karna during the latter's Digvijaya Yatra meant that he sided with the Kauravas during the Kurukshetra War. On the thirteenth day of the war when Abhimanyu, Arjuna's son, penetrates into the Padmavyuha, Brihadbala fights him along with a host of Kaurava warriors including Drona, Kripa, Karna, Ashwatthama, and Kritavarma. In a fierce duel that ensured between him and Abhimanyu, he gets mortally hit by the Abhimanyu’s arrows.

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