According to the great epic Mahabharata, Uttara was the daughter of King Virata, the ruler of the Matsya Kingdom, and the sister of Prince Uttar. She learnt dance from Arjuna during the exile period of the Pandavas. Arjuna has spent the remaining one year period of exile as a transgender dancer in the palace of King Virata, and he taught the art of dance to Uttara.
After knowing about his true form, King Virata was ready to marry his daughter to Arjuna. But, the noble Arjuna refused his proposal, stating that he considers Uttara as his daughter, and hence Uttara was married to his son, Abhimanyu.
Uttarahad become a widow when Abhimanyu was killed in the Kurukshetra war. Ashwathama, who was a well-wisher of the Kauravas, invoked a divine weapon at Uttara’s womb, in order to destroy the entire clan of the Pandavas. Lord Krishna has saved the child through his spiritual powers, and the child was named as Parikshit. Due to that, Ashwathama was cursed by Lord Krishna to suffer from dreaded diseases for several years. After attaining teenage, Parikshit had become the king of Hastinapura. And after his death, his son Janamejaya ruled the kingdom of Hastinapura in a prosperous manner.
Uttara was a charming lady and contains very good features. She was a pious and chaste woman who had lost her husband at her younger age itself. She also tried to enter into the pyre of her husband Abhimanyu, but she was stopped by Lord Krishna, and he consoled her with his sweet words, and changed her mind. After her death, due to the grace of Lord Krishna, she has attained SALVATION.
Let us worship MATAUttara and be blessed.
“OM MATA UTTARA DEVIYE NAMAHA”
“OM SRI ABIMANYUVE NAMAHA”