Daughter of Virata, the King of Matsya. Her brother was called Uttara.
Up to marriage.
The Pandavas led their incognito life in the capital of the Matsya Kingdom. Arjuna adopted the name Brhannala and was employed as the tutor of princess Uttara in music and dancing. At the end of the life, King Virata gave his daughter Uttara in marriage to Abhimanyu the son of Arjuna.
(See the paragraph Ajnatavasa (incognito-life) under Arjuna).
3) The son born to Abhimanyu and Uttara was Pariksit, who became a very famous King later.
(Maha-bharata Adi Parva, Chapter 95, Stanzas 83 and 84) . See the seventh paragraph under Asvatthama).
4) The death of her husband.
Abhimanyu was killed in the battle between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. It is mentioned in the Mahabharata, Drona Parva, Chapter 78, Stanza 37 that Uttara fell unconscious, when she heard of the death of her husband. Sri Krsna consoled Uttara. In the Mahabharata, Stri Parva, Chapter 20, Stanzas 4 to 28 the lamentation of Uttara over the death of Abbimanyu is mentioned.
5) To the forest.
Uttara also was seen among the women who accompanied Dhrtarastra, to a little distance when he went to the forest after the battle.
(Maha-bharata Asramavasika Parva, Chapter 15, Stanza 10) .
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