The Bhagavadgita - Chapter 1, Verse 15

pāñcajanyaṃ hṛṣīkeśo devadattaṃ dhanañjayaḥ pauṇḍraṃ dadhmau mahāśaṅkhaṃ bhīmakarmā vṛkodaraḥ 1.15

Annie Besant

Pauchrjanya by Hrishikesha, and Devad by Dhananjaya.r Vrikodara § of terrible deeds blew his mighty conch, Paundra ;

Jayaram V

Panchajanyam, by Hrisikesa, Devadatta by Arjuna, Paundram by Bhima, the voracious eater and performer of mighty deeds.

Swami Sivananda

Hrishikesa blew the “Panchajanya” and Arjuna blew the “Devadatta”, and Bhima, the doer of terrible deeds, blew the great conch, “Paundra”.

Adi Shankaracharya

Hrlshikesa blew the Panchajanya, and Arjuna blew the Devadatta. Bhima, (the doer) of terrible deeds, blew his great conch Paun^ra.

Swami Swarupananda

Hrishikesha blew the Pânchajanya, Dhananjaya, the Devadatta, and Vrikodara, the doer of terrific deeds, his large conch Paundra.

Shri Purohit Swami

Lord Shri Krishna blew his Panchajanya and Arjuna his Devadatta, brave Bheema his renowned shell, Poundra.

American/International Gita Society

Krishna blew His conch first, and then Arjuna and all other commanders of various divisions of the army of Pandavas blew their respective conches. The tumultuous uproar, resounding through the earth and sky, tore the hearts of your sons. (1.15-19)

Edwin Arnold

Krishna, with knotted locks, blew his great conch Carved of the "Giant's bone;" Arjuna blew Indra's loud gift; Bhima the terrible-- Wolf-bellied Bhima-blew a long reed-conch..

Kisari Mohan Ganguli

And Hrishikesha blew (the conch called) Panchajanya and Dhananjaya (that called) Devadatta; and Vrikodara of terrible deeds blew the huge conch (called) Paundra.

Kashinath Trimbak Telang

Hrishîkesa 3 blew the Pâñkaganya 4, and Dhanañgaya the Devadatta, and Bhîma, (the doer) of fearful deeds, blew the great conch Paundra.

Grahman Sceweig

H rishikesha [Krishna] blew the conch Panchajanya; Dhananjaya [Arjuna] blew the conch Devadatta; And Bhlma, the voracious eater who is terrifying in action, blew the great conch Paundra.

Vladimir Antonov

Hrishikesha blew the Panchajanya, Dhananjaya blew the Devadatta9, and a man of great exploits Vrikodara blew his conch shell, the Pandura


Hrisikesa is an epithet of Krishna and Dhananjaya of Arjuna. It was a tradition in ancient India for the warriors to carry their own conches to the battlefiled and blow them during the start of war or to challenge someone.

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