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Purochan with the Pandavas

Purochana (Sanskrit: पुरोचन) was an architect in the kingdom of Hastinapur and one of Duryodhana's trusted aides in the Indian epic Mahabharata.[1][2][3] He was also a minister under the Kauravas.[4]

He is better known as the villain who created the Lakshagraha under the orders of Duryodhana and his evil mentor Shakuni. Purochana himself perished in the fire meant to kill the Pandavas. In his previous life he was born as Prahasta who was a powerful Rakshasa warrior, and chief commander of Ravanas army of Lanka. In both his births he has been the minister of the Villains of the time.[5]


  1. ^ Narayan, R. K. (2000). The Indian Epics Retold: The Ramayana, the Mahabharata, Gods, Demons, and Others. Penguin Books India. ISBN 978-0-14-025564-5.
  2. ^ Bharathiramanachar, Sri Hari and Dr M. K. (23 March 2019). Epic Characters of Mahabharata. Bharatha Samskruthi Prakashana. ISBN 978-93-89028-70-6.
  3. ^ Saṅgrahālaya-purātatva patrikā: Bulletin of museums & archaeology in U.P. Department of Cultural Affairs and Scientific Research. 1972.
  4. ^ November 2, India Today Web Desk (2 November 2017). "ASI grants permission to excavate palace Kauravas commissioned to kill Pandavas". India Today.
  5. ^ Kasim, K. (2002). Political Thought in Mahabharatha. New Age International. ISBN 978-81-224-1350-2.