Purochana (Sanskrit: पुरोचन) is a character in Hindu mythology, an architect in the kingdom of Hastinapura, 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 individual who created the Lakshagraha (palace of lac) 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 had been born as Prahasta, who was a powerful rakshasa warrior, and chief commander of Ravana's army of Lanka. In both his births, he has been the minister of antagonistic monarchs.[5]


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  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.((cite news)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Kasim, K. (2002). Political Thought in Mahabharatha. New Age International. ISBN 978-81-224-1350-2.