Shiva blessed the young Gandhari, saying she would have a hundred sons, she was
ecstatic, not realising how much sorrow they would bring her.
sons, the Kauravas, grew up filled with hatred for their cousins, the Pandavas.
The rivalry between these two sets of cousins of the Kuru house, grew and
simmered over decades, until it culminated in a gigantic battle, the
Mahabharata war. Most of the kings and princes of North India were related to
the Kuru house and were forced to pick sides. In the horrific battle that
ensued, cousins and nephews, uncles and grandsires, grandsons and
fathers-in-law fought and killed each other. When the victorious Pandavas grew
old and abdicated their throne, their heir was Pareekshit, the only Kuru male,
apart from them, to survive the war.
collection tells the stories of some of the Kurus, and their roles in the great
Gandhari-A hundred sons, the sages say, are a hundred blessings.
Gandhari’s hundred Kaurava sons, however, were more of a curse. Did they become
evil by some divine plan or was it because she was proudly blind to their
faults? Helpless as they heaped dishonour on the family, she was furious with
Lord Krishna for abetting in her sons’ eventual slaughter. Unfortunately, her
grief was overpowering, and threatened to wreak further havoc ...
brother, caring husband, humble victor and kind human being - Yudhishthira had
earned the right to eternal happiness. But he wanted his loved ones around him,
and for this he was willing to endure the tortures of hell. His life was a
series of tests, trials and tribulations but he never failed to rise to the
dark beauty was no ordinary woman. Born from the pure flames of a sacred fire,
Draupadi was devoted wife to the five famously talented and virtuous Pandava
brothers. The evil Kauravas wanted her for themselves, and eyed the Pandava
kingdom as well. Raging at their impertinence, and ranting at her husbands’
helplessness, Draupadi inspired a deadly war which wiped out the Kaurava
Jayadratha-Jayadratha was a despicable man - vindictive,
arrogant and selfish. In the Mahabharata battle, Jayadratha had shamelessly
hidden himself away, for Arjuna had taken a terrible vow to put an end to his
own life if he failed to kill the villain before sunset that day. With the wise
Krishna by his side, would the mighty Arjuna fail to find his mark?
grandson of Arjuna, ascended the throne
of Hastinapura the year in which Krishna left the earth for Yaikuntha. It was said to
be the beginning of Kali Yuga. This Amar Chitra Katha tells the story of the
curse which dooms Pareekshit to die at the hands of the Serpent King, Takshaka,
and how his son, Janamejaya, avenges his death.
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