Kauravas (Kuru tribe) with capital at Hastinapura and their allies Commanders and leaders Overlord Yudhisthira Commanders-in-chief Shweta (day 1) † Dhrishtadyumna (day 2-18) † Strategists Krishna Overlord Duryodhana † Commanders-in-chief Bhishma (day 1-10) † Drona (day 11-15) † Karna (day 16-17) † Shalya (day 18) † Ashwatthama (night raid) Strategists Shakuni † Strength 7 Akshauhinis (1,530,900 soldiers) 11 Akshauhinis (2,405,700 soldiers) Casualties and losses Almost total, only 8 known survivors – the five Pandavas, Krishna, Satyaki, Yuyutsu. Almost total, only 4 known survivors – Ashwatthama, Sage Kripa, Kritavarma, Vrishakethu (son of Karna).
The Kurukshetra War was, according to the Indian epic poem Mahābhārata, a conflict that arose from a dynastic succession struggle between two groups of cousins of an Indo-Aryan kingdom called Kuru, the Kauravs and Pandavs, for the throne of Hastinapura.
It involved a number of ancient kingdoms participating as allies of the rival groups.
The location of the battle was Kurukshetra in the modern state of Haryana in India.
The conflict is believed to form an essential component of an ancient work called Jaya and hence the epic Mahābhārat.
Territorial changes Reunification of the Kuru states of Hastinapura and Indraprastha under the Pandavas.