According to Mahabharata, Virata was the king of the Matsya Kingdom, and Pandavas peacefully spent their remaining one year period of exile in his kingdom, with different names and different appearances.King Virata was married to Queen Sudeshna and he was the father of Prince Uttar and Princess Uttara, who was married with Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna.
He was killed during the Kurukshetra War along with his sons, and after his death, Sahadeva, became the king of Matsya Kingdom.
King Virata was an able ruler, who gave a very good rule during his period, and his kingdom was prospered due to his generosity and kindness over others. He properly treated the Pandavas, even before knowing about their true identity, with much care and affection, and provided all the necessary facilities to them.
Virata was a great devotee of Lord Krishna, and he got the opportunity to see his VISHVARUPA Darshan during the Kurukshetra war.
Since he attained a heroic death during the kurukshetra war, he has attained the divine abode of Lord Indra, the Swarga Loka, and living there peacefully and happily by enjoying all sorts of comforts.
Let us praise the great king and be blessed.
“OM SRI VIRATARE NAMAHA”