The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita Characters

Arjuna

The central protagonist of the Mahabharata and one of the two primary characters in the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna is a Pandava warrior who fights his cousins, the Kauravas, over his kingdom of Hastinapura(read full character analysis)

Krishna

Arjuna’s charioteer Krishna is actually a worldly manifestation of God (also known as Vishnu or the Supreme Being). He speaks the vast majority of the verses in the Bhagavad Gita, convincing Arjuna to… (read full character analysis)

Sanjaya

Dhritarashtra’s minister, who was present during the battle between the Pandavas and Kauravas and overheard the entire dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna. He later reports this conversation to the king, and his conversation… (read full character analysis)
Minor Characters
Dhritarashtra
The blind king of Hastinapura and father to the Kauravas. Sanjaya, the king’s minister, narrates the entirety of the dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna to Dhritarashtra.
Vyasa
The sagacious, immortal poet who composed the Mahabharata and appears throughout it. Krishna declares that, among the wise, he is Vyasa.
Duryodhana
The eldest son of the Kauravas and leader of their forces against the Pandavas.
Bhima
Arjuna’s younger brother, a powerful Pandava warrior who leads his family’s forces into battle.
Bhishma
The great-uncle of the entire Bharata clan, Bhishma sides with the Kauravas and leads them into battle at the beginning of the Bhagavad Gita.