The Kurukshetra battle between the Pandava and Kaurava army can be rightfully termed as one of the greatest and bloodiest battles of the ancient world.
The range of weaponry used in this battle is indeed amazing. The number of people involved in this day battle are also equally astonishing.
There is an interesting correlation with the number 9 that we see in this battle.
The battle lasted for 18 days, with the sum of the digits, 1+ 8 being 9.
The Bhagavad Gita which happened at the beginning of the Kurukshetra War has 18 chapters.
There are 18 Parva in Mahabharata.
When we look at some of the Army figures, we are again left surprised at how they all arrive at number 9.
Akshohini of Kurukshetra War
In the above numbers on the Mahabharata Armies, Kaurava had 11 Akshohini of Sena, Army, while the Pandava had 7 Akshohini. When we add 7 + 11, the number again is 18.
The number of chariots involved in this battle were 21,870. 2+1+8+7+0= 18
The number of elephants in this War also equaled to 21,870.
The number of cavalry are 65,610. 6+5+6+1+0 = 18
The total Infantry who took part in this war were 1,09,350. 1+0+9+3+5+0 = 18
In all the above cases, we have the number 18, the digits of which add to 9.
Also, the ration of the above 4 figures, comes to 1:1:3:5
Similarly let us look at other numerical figures, in this Kurukshetra battle.
The number of people who took part in the battle
In the above figures too, we cannot miss the number 9.
In the number of people in Infantry equaling to 19,68, 300, we have 1+9+6+8+3+0+0 = 27.
The number of people fighting in the Cavalry were 11,80,980, and we have 1+1+8+0+9+8+0 = 27.
The number of people with the elephants were 7,87,320, leading to 7+8+7+3+2+0 = 27.
The number of persons involved with Chariots were also 7,87,320, arriving at 27.
The total number of people who took part in the battle were 47, 23, 920, which is 4+7+2+3+9+2+0 = 27
In all these numbers, the sum of the digits add up to 27, and 2+7 = 9.
As per some Indian texts, the number 9 represents Brhm, the Divine Consciousness. Brhm, Brahma comes from the root word, Brh, which means to expand. As per the divine text, Ekoham Bahushyam, – “I am One. I Willed to become Many”, Brhm, the Supreme Consciousness multiplies into innumerable forms and bodies that we see as Creation. Inspite of all this, Brhm remains the same.
So, what is the connection with number 9?
The digits of the multiples of 9 always adds up to 9, be it 18, 27, 36, 45, 72, 108, etc. Thus number nine remains the same, inspite of multiplication.
The number 9 is thus held sacred in the Indian thought.
There are 9 Maha Purana, 9 Navarasa, 9 Navagraha, Navaratri.
There are 27 constellations.
In the 360 degrees of circle, 3+6 = 9.
The number 9 represents wholeness, unity and justice, as the same Divine Consciousness pervades all.
When there is Unity and Justice, there cannot be any War. This is the message that we can take from these numbers of the Mahabharata.
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