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The story of the Kauravas' birth is told in the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata. First of all, the reason that Gandhari had a hundred sons was as a result of boon she had gotten from the sage Vyasa as a reward for the hospitality she had once shown him. Later she became pregnant, but the pregnancy lasted two years, and she got jealous that Pandu's wife Kunti ...


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Just being curious, I tried to find out the dates of the happenings. It is very difficult and needs a leap of faith to take all the dates as accurate. With different means to mention the time (A.D, BCE, B.C etc) tying all together was bit difficult. In one view I see these points which just amazes me (not quoting this as an answer, but may be it can be). ...


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Why Shree Krishna accepted Gandhari's Curse? There are several verses in Mahabharata which are explaining the reasons why Shree Krishna accepted Gandharis curse. Lets see them. After the kurukshetra war was over and the the ladies of race of kuru visited battlefield and there they saw the dead bodies of all their loved ones. They started moaning after ...


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As far as I can tell, stories of Shakuni being motivated by revenge are just folklore with no basis in Hindu scripture. The Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes Dhritarashtra's marriage to Gandhari in completely amicable terms, with Shakuni's father Suvala overcoming his reluctance over Dhritashtra's shortcomings after considering the virtuous qualities ...


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First the reference from the scripture: "Gandhari said ... Since deliberately, O slayer of Madhu, thou wert indifferent to this universal carnage, therefore, O mighty-armed one, thou shouldst reap the fruit of this act. By the little merit I have acquired through waiting dutifully on my husband, by that merit so difficult to attain, I shall curse ...


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Indeed, Gandhari never removed her blindfold. However, there is one instance from where one can estimate the power she from her penance. It was not for rendering Duryodhana's body hard as thunderbolt, but charring Yudhishtra's toe. This took place after the war when Gandhari was lamenting the loss of her sons. From Jalapradanika-parva in Stri-parva ...


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Are you specifically referring to Duryodhana and dushasana ? Duryodhana comes from Dur + yogdhana literally meaning hard fighter. Dushasana in sanskrit is spelled as दुःशासन, Duḥśāsana i.e., Duh + shasana meaning hard ruler/controller. See https://www.indianetzone.com/3/dushasana.htm I think the names were correct with prefixes of Dur or Duh meaning hard ...


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Nice Observation Surya!! In Aadi Parva of Mahabharata there is a description of how duryodhana body has become so strong with Ghandari blessing But you should know what stopped/ made his thighs week? It was Paramatma who know that this being duryodhana will be a adharmic and he(krishna) stopped him from getting complete undefeatable body but his rest of the ...


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One think I would like to add : As per Bori edition it is within 36 years and not Exactly 36 years . In some sanskrit texts it is written as “shati trimshe” (in the 36th year) whereas in BORI edition it is “shati trymshe,” meaning in the part of 36 years. Thus as per Bori curse can happen any time within 36 years. I tell this because as per some analysis ...


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Gandhari was married to Dhritarashtra she wrapped a bandage over her eyes and vowed to share the darkness that her husband lived in. Gandhari's brother Shakuni came to live with them to look after the interests of Gandhari. Once Sage Vyasa came to visit Gandhari in Hastinapur. She took great care of the comforts of the great saint and saw that he ...


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