Pandu Kunti and The Mahabharata’s  Story :

According to Mahabharata, which is one of the most ancient Hindu epics of India, Pandu was the ruler of Hastinapur. He was the son of Rishi Ved Vyasa and Ambalika. Pandu is popularly known as the father of five Pandava brothers.

Legend has it that Rishi Veda Vyasa visited Ambalika to grant her a son. Ambalika became pale after seeing the Sage’s formidable form due to which Pandu was born pale. Pandu grew up to become the King of Hastinapur. He was an excellent archer and later conquered several territories such as Vanga, Magadha, Kashi, Kalinga, Anga, etc.

Pandu married Madri and Kunti. Madri was the daughter of the King of Madra and Kunti was the daughter of the King of Vrishni. Once on a hunting trip to the forest, Pandu mistakenly shot an arrow at sage Rishi Kindama and his wife, killing both the couple. He mistook them for a deer. Sage Rishi Kindama before his death cursed Pandu that if he ever approach a women with the intention of making love, he would die instantly. Pandu was deeply upset and repented for his action.

He gave up his kingdom and a life of luxury and since then onwards started to live as an ascetic with both his wives. Pandu’s elder brother, the blind Dhritrashtra was crowned as the king of Hastinapur. Pandu due to his curse was not in a position to father a child and he was deeply upset by the thought of dying childless. One day he expressed his desire to Kunti to have children. Kunti then used the

boons which were given to her by sage Durvasa. She gave birth to Yudhishtira (Lord Dharma was his father), Bhima (Lord Vayu was his father) and Arjuna (Lord Indra was his father). Kunti gave her boons to Madri, who later gave birth to the twins known as Nakula and Sahadeva (Ashwini Kumaras twins were their father). This is how the great Pandavas were born.

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