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Arjuna decided to spend the last portion of his term of exile at Dwaraka,
the residence of his cousins Balarama, Krishna and Subhadra, who were
the children of his maternal uncle Vasudeva. Here, he and his cousin
Subhadra fell in love with each other, a matter abetted by Sri Krishna,
who had always been particularly attached to Arjuna, and wished nothing
but the best for his sister Subhadra. Knowing that the entire family
would view with disfavour the prospect of Subhadra becoming the fourth
wife of her cousin Arjuna, Sri Krishna induced the couple to elope
and depart for Indraprastha. In a twist to the tale, at Sri Krishna's
advice, it was Subhadra who drove the chariot from Dwaraka to Indraprastha.
Sri Krishna used this fact to persuade his family that Subhadra had
not been abducted; on the contrary, it was she who had kidnapped Arjuna!!
A single son, named Abhimanyu, was born to Arjuna and Subhadra.
Parikshita, the posthumous son of Abhimanyu, was destined to be
the sole surviving dynast of the entire Kuru clan.