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Strategic Formations: the Vyuha
- Krauncha vyuha (heron formation)
- Makara vyuha (crocodile formation)
- Kurma vyuha (tortoise or turtle formation)
- Trishula vyuha (the trident formation)
- Chakra vyuha (wheel or discus formation)
- Kamala vyuha or Padma vyuha (lotus formation)
- Garud vyuha (Eagle formation)
- Oormi vyuha (Ocean formation)
- Mandala vyuha (Galactic formation)
- Vajra vyuha (diamond/ thunderbolt formation)
- Shakata vyuha (Box/Cart formation)
- Asura vyuha (Demon formation)
- Deva vyuha (Divine formation)
- Soochi vyuha (Needle formation)
- Sringataka vyuha (Horned formation)
- Chandrakala vyuha (Crescent/ Curved Blade formation)
The Padmavyuha or Chakravyuha is an army formation mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
The various vyuhas (army formations) had been studied by the Kauravas and Pandavas alike, with most of the vyuhas having their counter formations to break the enemy formation. It is important to observe that in the form of battle described in the Mahabharata, it was important to position the powerful fighters in positions where they would inflict the maximum damage on the opposing force or defend against the attacks of key warriors of the opposition.
This particular vyuha was special in being the only vyuha that none of the Pandava warriors except Abhimanyu, Arjuna, Krishna and Pradyumna knew how to lead an offensive against it. Arjuna’s son Abhimanyu had the knowledge of penetrating into the Padmavyuha but not how to exit from it. He learned it when he was still inside the womb of his mother, Subhadra. Ironically, Subhadra fell asleep while Krishna was explaining the formation to her, and so Abhimanyu could not learn how to escape from it. He died in the Kurukshetra War trying to break free from the Chakravyuha. Mahabharata also has references wherein the rules of Chakravyuha were broken by Kauravas to kill Abhimanyu. After Abhimanyu penetrated the sixth tier of spiral formation, All the Kaurava warriors attacked him in unison.
It was against the rules of Dharmayuddha, which stated that multiple warriors should not attack a single warrior.
Drawing the Classical Seven-Circuit Labyrinth
Start by drawing an equal armed cross, and put small arcs, or angles in each quadrant. Then insert dots in each quadrant, just beyond the arc. The arc should be between the cross and the dot. Ideally they should be equally spaced. This is the “seed” for the seven-circuit labyrinth.
Draw an arc joining the top arm of the cross to the tip of the adjacent arc in the right upper quadrant.
Next, draw an arc from the top arm of the left quadrant arc to the dot in the right upper quadrant.
Connect an arc from the dot in the upper left quadrant to the horizontal line of the corner arc in the upper right quadrant.
Now, join the horizontal arm of the corner arc in the top left quadrant with the tip of the right arm of the cross
Now draw an arc from the left arm of the cross up and over the other arcs, enclosing them, to the tip of the horizontal arm of the corner arc in the right lower quadrant.
Starting at the tip of the horizontal arm of the corner arc in the left lower quadrant, draw an arc going up and around to the dot in the right lower quadrant.
Now draw an arc from the dot in the left lower quadrant around to the vertical arm of the corner arc in the right lower quadrant.
To complete the labyrinth, draw the final line from the vertical arm of the corner arc in the left lower quadrant to the tip of the lower arm of the cross. It will seem like you�re drawing a circle around the entire drawing.
___Ther is one more called CHAKRAVYUHA____
And the victim is ABHIMANYU