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“Despite being dynamic and capable, Draupadi, Gandhari and Kunti were her value in the “marriage market” determined by factors like her skin colour, Quiz her about what shaped the style of the zine, she adds, “Amar. Several other instances suggest that Kunti did not share a good relationship with her Kunti stayed in the Kaurava camp along with her sister-in-law Gandhari. Gandhari and Kunti used to go to the river Yamuna for bath every point for Kunti and Gandhari as far as their power relations are concerned.
Pandu could not make love with his wives due to the curse by sage Kindama. He met some sages For the heaven and salvation with them. When Pandu expressed to Kunti his despair at the prospect of dying childless, he advises her to beget children by suitable, illustrious men, Kunti used the boons given to her by Sage Durvasa by which she used to bear Karna to bear three sons— Yudhishthira by Yama is a god of death, Bhima by Vayu Hindu deitythe lord of the windand Arjuna by Indra is the king of Svarga Heaven.
Madri cleverly summons the Ashvinswho give her twin sons Nakula and Sahadeva. One day, Pandu, forgetting his curse, attempted to join physical relations with his wife Madri. But, as a result of Kindama's curse, he died. Madri committed sati as she was the cause of his death. Kunti stood helplessly in the forest with her children. After the death of Pandu and Madri, Kunti took care of all five Pandava children, taking them back to Hastinapur.
As the rivalry culminates between Pandavas and Kauravas, she decides to go back to Kunti Bhoja. But her attempt was stopped by Bhishma. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
February Learn how and when to remove this template message When the Pandavas returned to Hastinapur, there was a succession crisis. Duryodhana claimed to be the next heir for the kingdom. Dhritarashtra named Yudhishthira as his heir, enraging Duryodhana. With the help of ShakuniDuryodhana planned to burn the Pandavas and Kunti in a Lakshagraha while they were on a festival at Varnavat.
But with early warning and aid from Vidurathe Pandavas and Kunti fake their death and escape the burning house. They travel the countryside, disguised as brahmins.
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During their stay at EkachakraKunti and the Pandavas came to know of a demon, Bakasurawho ate people. Villagers had to send one member of their family and food to Bakasura, who devour both. When Kunti heard the cries of a Brahmin - who had provided her and her sons shelter in Ekachakra, Kunti consoled him and suggested that instead of a Brahmin's family, her son Bhima would face the demon.
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Kunti engineered a plot where Bhima would be able to face and kill the demon. The powerful Bhima brought his might to the fore and defeated Bakasura.
Later, Bhima slays the rakshasa Hidimba and he is beseeched by HidimbaaHidimba's sister, to wed her. Bhima is reluctant, but Kunti ordered Bhima to marry Hidimba seeing merit in the woman. Hidimba would go on to birth Ghatotkachawho later takes part in the Kurukshetra War. The Pandavas attended the swayamvara of Draupadi in Panchala. Arjuna was able to win Draupadi 's hand. The Pandavas returned to their hut and said that they have bought alms signifying Kanyadan.
Kunti misunderstood them and asked the Pandavas to share whatever they had brought. Kunti was shocked after realizing the implications of her words, and scolds her children for treating a woman like alms.
However, Draupadi forgives Kunti as it was her Draupadi's very own karma that made Kunti give such orders and she accepts this as her fate. Return and game of dice[ edit ] The Pandavas and Kunti are invited back to the kingdom and the kingdom is shared with Kauravas.
When the Pandavas lose the kingdom in a dice game and are forced to go into exile for thirteen years, Kunti is forced by King Dhritarashtra to remain in the capital thereby separating the sons from the mother Act of vengeance by Dhritarashtra. Shakuni swore to destroy the Kuru dynasty and played an instrumental role in fueling the flames of conflict between the cousins.
Pregnancy and birth of her children[ edit ] Veda Vyasa is impressed with Gandhari's devotion to her husband and gives her a boon to have hundred sons. She gets pregnant but carries the child for an unusually long period.
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Later, when she hears that Kunti queen of king Panduyounger brother of Dhritharashtra has given birth to the eldest of the Pandavasshe pounds on her stomach in frustration and helplessness only to result in birth to a grey mass and not her sons.
Veda Vyasa divides this into parts and stores them in earthen pots to incubate. First to be born among these is Duryodhanafollowed by 98 brothers and one sister, Dushala. The st boy was not Gandhari's, but of a maid with who Dhritarashtra had coitus out of frustration on Gandhari as she was 'delaying' the birth of his sons.
He was named Yuyutsu and grew up alongside his Kaurava brothers. During the birth of her first son Duryodhanamany ill omen occur, worrying VyasaBhishma and Vidura. They foresee that this child might cause great destruction to their kingdom, and advise to either release him onto the waters of river Ganga or kill him.
But Dhritarashtra and Gandhari reject the idea. Later life and death[ edit ] Kunti leading Dhritarashtra and Gandhari as she goes to the forest in exile Some folk fore narrate that Gandhari made a single exception to her blindfolded state, when she removed her blindfold to see her eldest son Duryodhana. She poured all her power into her son's body in one glance, rendering Duryodhana's entire body, except his loinsas strong as thunderbolt. Krishna foiled Gandhari's plan by asking Duryodhana to cover up his privates before meeting his mother.
On their decisive encounter on the eighteenth day of the Kurukshetra battle, Bhima smashed Duryodhana's thighs, a move both literally and figuratively below the belt.
This story is not mentioned in the original version of the Mahabharata which was written by Veda Vyasa. As per Vyasa's Mahabharata, Duryodhana, while fighting against Bhima, displayed his superior mace skills, due to which Bhima could not defeat him and had to break rules to kill him.
All of Gandhari's sons were killed in the war against their cousins, the Pandavasat Kurukshetraspecifically at the hands of Bhima. Upon hearing the news, it is said that through a small gap in the blindfold, her gaze fell on Yudhishthira's toe. His clean toe was charred black due to her wrath and power.
When she heard the news of the death of all the sons of Pandavas Upapandavasshe embraced the Pandavas and consoled them for their losses. Later her wrath turned to Krishna for allowing all this destruction to happen.
Krishna accept the curse. Her curse took its course 36 years after the great war when Yadu dynasty perished after a fight broke out between Yadavas at a festival.