Story of Pandava Vanavasa In Mahabharata :

According to the Hindu epic Mahabharata, the Pandava were the five sons of Pandu with Kunti and Madri being their mothers. Their

Pandavas and Draupadi

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names were Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva. Out of them, Yudhisthira was the eldest brother.  All five of them were married to a same woman known as Draupadi. Pandava fought the great war known as the Battle of Kurukshetra against their cousins the Kauravas. They emerged victorious in this war.

Each one of these Pandavas had a divine father. Yama was the father of Yudhishtra, Vayu was the father of Bheema, Indra was the father of Arjuna and the divine Ashwini twins were the father of twins Nakula and Sahadeva. According to the story Duryodhana was the eldest of 100 brothers who were known as the Kauravas. Since the childhood he had an intense hatred for the Pandava. Shakuni was his maternal uncle who often plotted to get rid of the Pandava and helped Duryodhana with his evil advice.

When Dhritarashtra had to appoint Yudhisthira as the crown prince, Duryodhana was raged with anger. He along with Shakuni decided to murder Yudhisthira. They invited Yudhisthira to a palace made of inflammable material at the occasion of Shiva Mahotsava. Yudhisthira along with his brother and mother Kunti went to the palace. While they were sleeping the palace was set on fire but somehow the Pandava managed to escape the palace.

The Battle of Kurukshetra was fought between the Pandava and the Kauravas for 18 days. This was an intense battle in which all the 100 Kaurava brothers lost their lives and their whole army was slain with only three survivors on their side. The Pandava also suffered

heavy casualties but the five brothers survived the battle. They won the war and returned to Hastinapur where Yudhisthira was crowned as the king. He ruled peacefully for many years.

This is how the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata reminds us of the victory of good over evil.

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