One of the greatest warriors of the second generation in the Mahābhārata and a legendary figure, Abhimanyu was the son of Arjuna and Subhadrā, and the husband of Uttarā. Trained in the martial arts by his father Arjuna and uncle Śrī Kṛṣṇa, he matured into a great warrior at an early age. During the Mahābhārata war, in the absence of Śrī Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna, Abhimanyu was obliged to break through the cakravyūha, the wheel-formation of the Kaurava army. Though he fought valiantly, he was surrounded by a multitude of Kaurava warriors and killed as he was ignorant of the technique of extricating himself out of that cakravyūha.
However, before laying down his life, he fought bravely against the greatest of the warriors on the Kaurava side and displayed remarkable heroism.
See also MAHĀBHĀRATA.