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Read about Sikhandin at the Urday website (also, Urday: Sikhanin in Battle).

SIKHANDIN, SIKHANDINI. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology]

Sikhandini is said to have been the daughter of Raja Drupada, but according to another statement she was one of the two wives whom Bhishma obtained for his brother Vichitravirya.

"She (the widow) perished in the jungle, but before her death she had been assured by Parasurama that she should become a man in a future birth, and cause the death of Bhishma, who had been the author of her misfortunes."

Accordingly she was born again as Sikhandin, son of Drupada. Bhishma fell in battle pierced all over by the arrows of Arjuna, but according to this story the fatal shaft came from the hands of Sikhandin.

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