During the kurukhetra battle, one day Gandhari asked her son Duryodhana to come and meet her naked. Durodhana agreed and when he was on his way, Krishna stopped him and advised not to go naked infront of her mother, that would be a shameful act.

Duryodhana thought its a true advice and wrapped him with a Banana tree leaf. Gandhari removes her bandage and was surprised to see that her son was not completely naked as it was instructed to him.

Duryodhan's body turned into iron except the part which was covered by banana tree leaf and because of this, he was defeated in wrestling (mallyudha) against Bhim.

So the question is, how Gandhari knew that her eye sight/rays (when no bandage) had so much power that it could make a person's body turn into an iron?

  • After Karna's death, gandhari visited ved vyasa, he told her that she has power in her eyes, and she can give this power to any one of her son by eyes.
    – prem30488
    Oct 22, 2014 at 10:56
  • when did she go? I mean at which chapter, what made her to visit ved vyas rishi?
    – paul
    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:26
  • The above story of Gandhari blessing Duryodhan, is popular folklore. There are no shlokas to support the story. But we can still check this by reading online mahabharata translations on sacredtext site.
    – prem30488
    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:53
  • I have just found something here... facebook.com/MahabharatKiGalatiyan/posts/519043464875207
    – prem30488
    Oct 31, 2014 at 10:54
  • the power is not in eyes of Gandhari. She prepared some liquid (from ayurvedic knowledge)and applied on Duryodhana's body.
    – user2848
    Apr 23, 2015 at 14:37

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All our powers are a result of our unswerving spiritual practices. Gandhari's spiritual practice consisted of pativrata dharma (the way of a chaste wife) by way of forfeiting what her husband did not have (her husband DhrtarAshTra was blind). Since she withdrew her visual sense from the world, and turned it inwards, her visual faculty attained certain supernatural powers. She wanted to use this power to benefit her son. The way to shower visual power is to to physically see the target.

In general, practising a dharma or truth will give one power over that faculty. For e.g., if you practise speaking the truth alone and nothing but the truth for a few years, your speech will attain the power of making what you say come true. This is called vAk siddhi. The moment you go lax on speaking the truth, you will lose this power. And if you use it for evil, then also the power will be lost and one will have to suffer the consequences of inflicting pain on the universe.

  • What are you talking about man, totally irrelevant answer. It will bring loads of down votes for you.
    – paul
    Feb 10, 2015 at 7:00

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