From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Jit Majumdar
Sometimes transliterated as: Asvasena, AZvasena, Ashvasena
- army of horses; commander of an army of horses
- the nāga chief who was the son of Takşaka, who became an enemy of the Pāndava side, specially of Arjuna and Kŗşņa, because of their encroachment and assault on the Khandava forest by burning it and rendering its inhabitants – which included him and his clan – homeless, in the process killing his mother, who was trying to escape with him, and to avenge which he tried to help Karņa kill arjuna by hiding among his weapons. His help was refused by Karņa when he spotted him, and he was sent away, when he was finally spotted by Arjuna and killed. (M. Bh.).