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The Seven Chiranjeevis

The chiranjeevis are immortal beings in Indian mythology that are believed to remain alive on Earth until the end of Kali Yuga. There are seven Chiranjeevis in all.

  1. Ashwatthama, son of Drona. A great warrior and the son of a sage. He is considered to be a Maharathi in his skill with weapons, but also a scholar and a wise Immortality comes his way as a curse for his attempt to destroy the fetus in Uttara’s womb at the end of the Mahabharata war.
  2. Bali, the demon king. After facing defeat in the hands of the boy Brahmin Vaman, Bali, the king of the demons is granted the gift of immortality.
  1. Hanuman, the loyal vanara. Hanuman is the aide that helps Rama recover Sita from the clutches of Ravana. After the events of the Ramayana, Hanuman is thought to have retreated into the mountains to lose himself in prayer.
  1. Kripacharya, the teacher of the Kuru princes. Before the arrival of Drona, Kripa is assigned the task of training the Kuru He is one of the survivors of the Mahabharata war, and afterwards he is appointed as a preceptor to Parikshit, Arjuna’s grandson and the father of Janamejaya.
  2. Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Vishnu. This is probably the only immortal avatar of Vishnu. Though milked dry of all his powers by now, Parashurama is expected to return at the end of the epoch and guide Kalki in his efforts to save
  3. Vibhishana, brother of Rama. After the Ramayana war is won (or lost, depending on how you look at it), Vibhishana is crowned the king of Lanka by Rama, and is given a boon that he shall be alive on Earth until the end of the
  4. Vyasa. He is the sage who composed the Mahabharata. He is said to have taken birth in the Tretayuga, lived to see the end of Dwapara, and will not meet his death until the end of Kali.