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  • Chakravyuh (The Maze) Playing Cards

    Features of the tuck case:
    • Premium black high-gsm card stock with soft touch finish tuck case
    • Reddish Gold, matte silver, and black foiled
    • Embossed designs
    • Produced by Legends Playing Cards Co.
    Features of the playing cards:
    • Premium Legends classic finished linen cardstock
    • Special maze-based puzzle design
    • Metallic ink printed cards.
    In the great ancient Indian epic, the Mahabharata, two royal bloodlines, the Pandavas and the Kauravas fight against each other for the throne of Hastinapura, in the battle of Kurukshetra.

    The Pandavas, led by the five righteous brothers, are formidable warriors, and with the divine lord Krishna by their side, they are poised to win the war. However, the Kauravas, are also masterful soldiers, and are proving a great challenge in the battle.

    On the thirteenth day of the great fight, the Kauravas deployed the impenetrable formation, the Chakravyuh, to defend their flanks.

    The Chakravyuh, a fluidic labyrinthine strategy, comprising of seven readjusting concentric spiral tiers of soldiers, designed to completely entrap its victim, was deployed to squash the Pandavas. Only a handful of warriors from the Pandava side knew how to penetrate the Chakravyuh, namely, Abhimanyu, Arjuna, Krishna and Pradyumna. However, on the day of the battle only Abhimanyu was present and he led the charge to penetrate this formation.

    Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna, received the knowledge of how to enter the formation whilst in his mother's womb, as his maternal uncle, lord Krishna, was narrating the strategy to his pregnant sister Subhadra. However, Subhadra not finding the topic interesting fell asleep halfway, cutting the description of the strategy short. This small moment in his infancy would change the fate of Abhimanyu forever on the battlefield, as he was to face the armies of the Kauravas.

    Trying to defend the Pandavas, Abhimanyu fought hard, and reached the sixth tier of the formation, and was attacked simultaneously by the mighty Kaurava commanders, an act against rules of righteous warfare. Here the small moment from his infancy would come back to haunt him, as he knew only how to enter the labyrinthine walls, not how to escape it. Facing an unwinnable battle, the Kauravas slowly exhausted Abhimanyu, with an incessant barrage of attacks, and finally killed the great warrior.

    The Chakravyuh is a military strategic formation described in the Indian epic, the Mahabharata, deployed by the Kauravas to entrap the heroes of the tale, the Pandavas.

    The brief story of the Chakravyuh in the epic, is included across the campaign page in segments, please read them to get a fuller understanding of the history that inspired this deck.

    The triple foiled tuck box is inspired by the symbolism of the Mahabharata as well, as the vast canon of great Indian mythos and philosophy.

    The playing cards themselves are themed around the concept of mazes, with each number card making up an individual and unique puzzle for you to enjoy for hours.
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