అని కూడా పేరు. He is a powerful warrior belong to the Yadava-Vrishni [[ dynasty]] of Lord [[ Krishna]] , in the [[Mahābhārata]] epic.
Satyaki is devoted to Krishna and his best friend [[Arjuna]], with whom he trained under [[Drona]] in military arts. He was born in the line of Shini of the [[Vrishni]] clan, and was a son of Satyaka. He strongly and passionately favored the cause of the [[Pandavas]] over the [[Kauravas]] in the [[Kurukshetra War]]. Satyaki accompanied Krishna to the [[Kuru]] capital, with Krishna as the emissary of peace which was ridiculed and turned down by [[Duryodhana]].
In the Kurukshetra war, Satyaki and [[Kritavarma]] were two important Yadava heroes who fought on the opposing sides. Satyaki fought on the side of the Pandavas, whereas Kritavarma joined the Kauravas. Satyaki was a valiant warrior and on one particular occasion, stunned Drona by allegedly breaking his bow for a successive 101 times. In the course of the fourteenth day of the conflict, Satyaki fights an intense battle with his archrival [[Bhurisravas]] with whom he has a long standing family feud. After a long and bloody battle, Satyaki begins to tire, and Bhurisravas batters him and drags him across the battlefield. Arjuna is warned by Lord [[Krishna]] of what is happening. Bhurisravas prepares to kill Satyaki, but he is rescued from death by [[Arjuna]], who shoots an arrow cutting off Bhurisravas' arm.
Bhurisrava wails out that by striking him without warning, Arjuna had disgraced the honor between warriors. Arjuna rebukes him for attacking a defenseless Satyaki. He reiterates that protecting Satyaki's life at all costs was his responsibility as a friend and comrade in arms.
Satyaki emerges from his swoon, and swiftly decapitates his enemy. He is condemned for this rash act, but every soldier present realizes that the power of [[Krishna]] made Satyaki end Bhurisravas' life, which was going to happen anyway.
Satyaki and Kritavarma both survived the Kurukshetra conflict . Kritavarma is involved in the slaughter of the [[Panchalas]] and the sons of the Pandavas in the undeclared night attack with [[Kripacharya]] and [[Ashwatthama]]. 36 years after the war, the [[Yadavas]], including Satyaki and Kritavarma are involved in a drunken brawl with Satyaki accusing Kritavarma of killing sleeping soldiers and Kritavarma citicizing Satyaki for his beheading of the unarmed Bhurisravas. In the ensuing melee, Satyaki, Kritavarma and the rest of the Yadavas are exterminated, as it was ordained by [[Gandhari]]'s curse. Krishna desired to remove the Yadava clan from earth at the same time as his [[Avatara]] is fulfilled, so that the earth may be free of any possibly sinful and aggressive warriors, which was the wider purpose of the Kurukshetra war.
*[http://mahabharata-resources.org/yadu_dynasty_opt_1.pdf Yadu Genealogy]
*[http://www.gita-society.com/section3/mahabharata.pdf Mahabharata translated by C Rajagopalachari]