Pandya Kingdom

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This article is about the Pandya Kingdom as described in the Indian epic of the Mahabharata. For the actual Pandyan dynasty see Pandyan Dynasty.


The Pandyas were fierce warriors who took part in the Kurukshetra War as per the epic Mahabharata. A Pandya king named Sarangadhwaja, is mentioned as participating in the Kurukshetra War, siding with the Pandavas. It is not clear if Pandyas were linked to the Pandavas of North India. This kingdom existed in the southern part of modern day Tamil Nadu state of India, to the south of Kaveri River till Kanyakumari . Their capital was Madurai on the banks of the Vaigai River.

Pandyas, cheras, cholas are three tamil dynasties which ruled south india.

References in Mahabharata

Places in Pandya Kingdom

All the references (n:m) found in this article refer to Mahabharata, nth book, mth chapter

The mountain Rishabha in Pandya kingdom is mentioned at (Mahabharata 3:85). In the country of the Pandyas are the tirthas (places) named Agastya and Varuna! There, amongst the Pandyas, is the tirtha called the Kumaris (Kanyakumari) (3:88). Thamiraparani and Gokarna (Gokarn) also is mentioned in the same passage.

Krishna's encounter with the Pandyas

Vasudeva Krishna slew king Pandya by striking his chest against his, and moved down the Kalingas in battle (5:48). The Cholas and the Pandyas were mentioned as vanquished by Krishna at (7:11).

The mighty Sarangadhwaja, the king of the Pandyas, has white steeds, decked with armour set with stones...
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