An Akshauhini (Sanskrit: अक्शौहिनि), was an ancient battle formation that consisted of 21,870 chariots (Sanskrit ratha); 21,870 elephants; 65,610 horse-mounted warriors and 109,350 infantry, as per the Mahabharata (Adi Parva 2.15-23). (ratio - 1 chariot : 1 elephant : 3 horse-mounted warriors : 5 infantry soldiers) In each of these large number groups (65,610, etc.), the digits add up to 18.
Akshouhini is the term described for chaturanga sena[army].Chaturang sena means one which has ,chariots ,elephants ,horses and soldiers.One akshouhini is
170 sets of 21000 elephants
170 sets of 21000 chariots
610 sets of 65000 Horses
9350 sets of 100000 soldiers Army.
That makes up 108 crores of Army in one akshouhini.
Mahabharath was fought among 18 akhshouhini army
Kauravas had 11 Akshouhini army
Pandavas had 7 Akshouhini army
some people opine akshouhini means around 200000 army
But this does not seem to be correct as this gives as total army in Mahabharath as roughly 360000 only . But Kauravas had raised army from all over the world .And each country was known to have more than 1 lakh of army .
Also Srikrishna was 68 years old at the time of mahabharath war. He had 16108 wives . each had borne him 10 sons and a daughter. These themselves make a 1 lakh 61 thousand + their armies ,ie Yadavas + [1000000 Narayani sena ] which fought from Kauravas side.
Thus akshouhini cannot be just 200000 soldiers.
Bheemasena alone single handedly killed 6 akshouhini sena in 10 days.
that is 648 crores in 18 days
36 crores in a day[ average]
36 crores in 12 hours [ 6 am to 6 pm]
3 crores per hour
around 5 lakhs per minute.
85000 in a second [warriors and equal amount of elephants horses]
What kind of martial arts this could be.
Fighting non stop 12 hours in a day and on a killing spree
killing not just ordinary but well trained warriors
This speaks of immense strength of Bheemasena.
Bheeshma killed a 1 akshouhini sena in 18 days
120 years old man killing so many people in a war speaks a lot about yogic powers and divine nature of these yodhas.
Indeed entire kshatriya clan was wiped out in the war .
Most of the people born then as warriors were Devatas .
Their offspring would be also divine in nature
But God wanted Kaliyuga to start immediately after Mahabharata .
These divine offsprings would never let that happen .
hence he eliminated them in the name of war, left this world for the ordinary , and for kali to take over .
Pandavas ruled for 35 years.
Their son Parikshit carried on, and dynasty lasted for 1000 years.
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