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SUBHADRA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Daughter of Vasudeva, sister of Krishna, and wife of Arjuna. Balarama, her elder brother, wished to give her to Duryodhana, but Arjuna carried her off from Dwaraka at Krishna 's suggestion, and Balarama subsequently acquiesced in their union. She was mother of Abhimanyu. She appears especially as sister of Krishna in his form Jagannatha, and according to tradition there was an incestuous intimacy between them. When the car of Jagannatha is brought out the images of Subhandra and Balarama accompany the idol, and the intimacy of Jagannatha and Subhadra is said to provoke taunts and reproaches.

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