Other names: Maadri
Madri was the daughter of Rutayan, and the sister of King Shalya, the King of Madrapradesh. She was the second wife of Pandu and the mother of the Pandavas, Nakul and Sahadev. On his way to Hastinapur, King Pandu encountered the army of Shalya, King of Madra. Very soon, Pandu and Shalya became friends and Shalya gave his only sister, Madri to Pandu, as a gift of their friendship. Thus avoiding war and pledging alligiance to Hastinapur. Looking at her beauty, Pandu accepted the lady willingly and took her to Hastinapur. As Pandu was cursed that he could never touch a woman lustfully and in doing so he would die. To beget children, she used the Mantra obtained by Kunti (first wife of Pandu) from Sage Durvasa and summoned for the Ashwini Kumars who gave her two beautiful sons named Nakul and Sahadev.
Madri also became a reason for Pandu’s death. While wandering in the jungle, Pandu was fascinated by Madri’s beauty and out of lust, took her in his arms. Pandu was cursed that if he tries to have physical relation with a woman, he will die.
Madri also became a reason for Pandu’s death. Pandu after the curse was living a ascetic life in the jungle with his wives as a penance. But, Pandu was fascinated by Madri’s beauty and out of lust, took her in his arms. Pandu was cursed that if he tries to have physical relation with a woman, he will die. Out of lust, he forgot about the curse and died immediately. Madri, filled with remorse and sorrow commited sati (self-immolated) herself on Pandu’s funeral pyre. Kunti became a single mother of the five children. Nakul went on to become King of Madrapradesh, as per the wishes of his maternal uncle Shalya.