In Hinduism, Bhadra is a goddess of the hunt and one of Shiva's servants.
The eighth queen of the Lord Krishna was Bhadra, the daughter of King Bhadrasen. It is also an epithet of mount Meru.
Bhadra is the daughter of Soma or Chandra. A Brahman of the race of Angiras, who married Bhadra, daughter of Soma, a woman of great beauty. The god Varuna, who had formerly been enamoured of her, carried her off from Utathya's hermitage, and would not give her up to Narada, who was sent to bring her back. Utathya, greatly enraged, drank up all the sea, still Varuna would not let her god. At the desire of Utathya, the lake of Varuna was then dried up and the ocean swept away. The saint then addressed himself to the countries and to the river: -- "Saraswati, disappear into the deserts, and let this land, deserted by thee, become impure." "After the country had become dried up, Varuna submitted himself to Utathya and brought back Bhadra. The sage was pleased to get back his wife, and released both the world and Varuna from their sufferings."
Bhadra (Nepali:भाद्र) also known as Bhadau (Nepali:भदौ) is the fifth month in the Bikram Sambat, the official Nepali calendar. This month coincides with August 17 to September 16 of the Western Calendar and is 31 days long.
Being mostly based on Hindu calendar, Nepali calendar's festival dates are flexible. Important events are:
around August 20: Bhadra 4, Kushe Aunsi (Nepali Father's Day)
around August 22: Bhadra 6, Dar Khane
around August 23: Bhadra 7, Haritalika Teej (Public Holiday for Women)
The Bhagavata Purana gives her the epithet Kaikeyi, the princess of the Kaikeya kingdom. She was the daughter of King Dhrishtaketu and his wife Shrutakirti, the sister of Kunti and the cousin of Vasudeva (Krishna's father) and thus Krishna's cousin. Bhadra's five brothers headed by the eldest prince Santardana married Bhadra to Krishna. In another text, she is described to have chosen Krishna as her husband in a Swayamvara ceremony, in which a bride chooses a groom from assembled suitors. Krishna and his queens once visited Hastinapur to meets Kunti, her sons the Pandavas and Pandavas's common wife Draupadi. As directed by Kunti, Draupadi worships and honours Bhadra and other queens with gifts. Bhadra also narrates to Draupadi how she got married to Krishna.