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Arjuna (Devanagari: अर्जुन, Thai: อรชุน, Tamil: Archunan; pronounced [ɐrˈɟunɐ] in classical Sanskrit) is one of the Pandavas, the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahābhārata. Arjuna, whose name, according to linguists, means 'bright', 'shining', 'white' or 'silver' (cf. Latin argentum),[1] was such a peerless archer that he is often referred to as Jishnu - the undefeatable (though, also because in the epic Mahābhārata he is said to be a reincarnation of sage Nara, who was the eternal companion of sage Narayana, otherwise known as Vishnu, the latter being previous incarnation of lord Krishna, the companion and charioteer of Arjuna). The third of the five Pandava brothers, Arjuna was one of the children borne by Kunti, the first wife of Pandu. Arjuna is considered to have an "Amsha" of Nara. Nara is one of the forms of Lord Narayana.[2][3] He is sometimes referred to as the 'fourth Krishna' of the Mahabharata.[4] One of his most important roles was as the dear friend and brother-in-law of Lord Krishna, from whom he heard the Bhagavad Gita before the battle of Kurukshetra.


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