Favorite Pandav from Mahabharat and why??

Poll Question :

Who is your favorite Pandav from the Mahabharat??

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Total Votes : 19
Posted: 2010-11-27T07:51:50Z
My fav has always been Arjun.Day Dreaming
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Posted: 2010-11-27T08:57:03Z
I like Dharmaraj, because he is the most misunderstood and criticized of the lot though Krishna always supported him.
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Posted: 2010-11-28T08:02:31Z
My intellectual choice is Yudhisthir. Personal emotional choice is Bheem. And devotional (being Krishna's devotee) choice is Arjun. 

My vote goes to the great BHEEMSEN. Current answer as per my heart. Very very dear to me. Always clear in terms of his thoughts and followed natural instincts like vaanar sena and bhaalu sena to punish the evil. He only was the best husband of Draupadi. Naturally driven to destroy the evil people (Not just Duryodhan for his personal envy but also Jarasandh even). He many times had disagreements with Yudhishthir or even Krishna but we can imagine how much control he must have exercised on himself while almost always obeying them if at all not always. Immense power but always kept under control of dharma and the INSTANT force or instrument used by God to achieve the aim of VINAASHAAY CHA DUSHKRITAAM. And he didn't have to explain him much. Just a hint. Arjun had to be explained Geeta again & again and still he kept on forgetting it and Krishna had to lift the weapon on Bhishma. The impact of Krishna's preaching was shortlived on Arjun. Arjun was innocent (therefore dearest to Krishna) but the character with mind confused and unclear. Yudhishthir was very complex to understand. Bheem was simplest to understand, amazing in deeds, and clear in mind. Also relatively underrated by people I feel in his goodness too (I am mainly influenced by BRC characterization of Bheem rather than SK). Very very noble. Very sacrificing. I don't rate his greatness in Ekchkara nagri to rescue people from Bakasur and then going with Ghatotkach to save a Brahmin family anyway less than DAANVEERTA. Arjun's glory was mainly after the Lakshagruh story. During the early struggle of Pandava's life, they were totally dependent on Bheem's strength.

In summary, almost all characters of Mahabharat are complex to understand (like modern time people) and I therefore like only Ramayan characters who are all simple to understand. Bheem is one of the exceptional cases in Mahabharat.

Edited by ShivangBuch - 2010-11-28T08:07:11Z
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Posted: 2010-11-28T09:31:20Z
I second ShivangBuch - the characters of Mahabharat are very complex to understand, so is the entire epic. I have not even understood Ramayan fully. I have not even begun to understand the Mahabharat.

As for the Pandavas, my favourite is Bheema. Yudhishtra was the eldest and was respected by the rest of the Pandavas. Arjuna was a favourite of teachers and was close to Sri Krishna. Nakula and Sahadeva were twins and being the youngest were kind of petted by their mother and the other brothers. Also, Bheema was the only one who understood what was happening without a consolation or explanation. Bheema never confronted Sri Krishna when the latter willingly sacrificed the Ghatotkacha to save Arjuna but quietly grieved for his son. Bheema was a true devotee even a better devotee than Arjuna was. For his silent nobility and unwavering faith, I like Bheema the best.
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Posted: 2010-11-28T09:43:56Z
Nice replies, guys!Clap
You're right that the Mahabharat characters are very hard to understand. Also, they had their faults like humans today. Yudhithir's fault was that one half-lie he told Dronacharya and also his addiction to gambling, Bheema's was quick anger that made him prone ot hasty actions, Arjun's was pride, and Nakul and Sahadev's....well, I don't remember but I do know they had their faults.
On the other hand, Ramayan characters were based on idealism. Everything they did was aimed towards perfection and teaching humanity. I think this is why many people prefer Ramayan, because we all desire idealism when living in this Kali Yug where everything and everyone is imperfect already. The ideal characters of Ramayan give us hope and strength to overcome our obstacles. 
On the other hand, Mahabharat is great for learning how to achieve our goals in the right manner while at the same time not giving in to others' wills. It teaches us how to deal with an imperfect society, and how to get closer to God despite being surrounded by sinners.
So both Ramayan and Mahabharat are best in their own ways, but yes....like the others here, I also prefer the Ramayan a bit more because of the idealism in it.Embarrassed I have always been an idealist since young, and cannot stand imperfection when I see no reason for it....guess that's one of my own biggest imperfection/fault.Blushing
When reading fiction these days, western critics criticize a story based on whether the characters have enough faults or not, and I have never understand that because for me, it is the exact opposite.Confused It seems as if western society today actually values character flaws and imperfections, and the ones who are 'ideal' are called 'mary sues' or 'gary sues' or whatnot. For me, my favorite characters are the ones displaying ideal characteristics, and unfortunately, those characters are ones whom  western society today dislikes.LOL It's the Prabhaav of Kali Yug, I suppose.
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Posted: 2010-11-28T13:03:02Z
Cool topic Mina, great thinking Clap I totally agree with the views that Janu, Vibs, and Shivang bhaiya expressed on Mahabharat characters in general... they were all so complex that it's hard to choose between them and have a comprehensive reason for it... Kudos to Janu for putting it sooooo well in that last post, there really is some twisted love of antiheroism that pervades our thinking nowadays and if we're looking for lessons, it helps to have real heroes to learn from instead... hence my attraction towards Ramayan and early Krishna leela characters over the Hastinapur batch Embarrassed

When it comes to the Pandavs, it's a really tough choice for me between Bhim and Arjun. Observing Arjun is a great learning experience, because he's such a dynamic character and makes such progress from beginning to end. But for this poll I chose Bhim, for pretty much the same reasons given by Vibs and Shivang bhaiya. He was always true to himself, and his instincts pretty much always demonstrated that he valued compassion and protection of the weak over his own reputation.
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Posted: 2010-11-28T13:23:58Z
Originally posted by lola610

Kudos to Janu for putting it sooooo well in that last post, there really is some twisted love of antiheroism that pervades our thinking nowadays and if we're looking for lessons, it helps to have real heroes to learn from instead...
I know, I once got into this debate with someone about the characters of Harry Potter, and people were comparing Lily Evans Potter with Hermione Granger, and many people said they preferred Hermione because she actually had flaws unlike what we knew of Lily. Don't get me wrong, I love the character of Hermione as well, but you know from my past PMs that I prefer Lily because of the ideal qualities she exhibited for her family. And I was sitting there wondering how it is a good thing to have imperfections. Isn't the basic message of morality that we should always strive to be the best? And yet in our society, it seems as if people strive to be the worst, and to cover up their actions they put a message across that 'flawed characters' are more enticing than ideal characters.
One of my friends told me that the reason may me because people feel like they can relate more with flawed characters, and while that may be true, the main reason I read fiction is to get away from the imperfections of real life and enter a fantasy world where anything can happen, even all good. And also to learn something from the characters in stories and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to strive to be an ideal person. Like you said, we learn from the ideal characters in stories, not the imperfect ones (well I guess we learn from them too since we learn what not to doLOL), so what is the point of reading stories where the characters in it are just like the people in real life? I personally do not find anything to gain from such characters.
Then again, I have always been an idealistic person so it is hard for me to understand how some people do not believe in idealism. I personally find it encouraging and inspirational when following the life of an ideal character, because it teaches me how best to change myself for the better and help society, you know? I do not feel the same way for normal, everday flawed characters, other than mere entertainment when reading the story.
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Posted: 2010-11-28T16:30:15Z
Amazing topic!
And great replies everyone!
I originally picked Arjuna because he was Shri Krishna's favorite and I feel most familiar with him, but Bheema came a close second.
After I read Shivang bhaiyya's reply, I turned over to Bheema's side for all the reasons he cited.
But actually, I think it wasn't Arjuna himself who was a confused soul--he was God's instrument and God made him that way so he could give him the Gita pravachan that would ultimately benefit us confused souls.
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