Once while hunting in the jungle, King Shantanu saw Satyavati, daughter of Nishadraj and was fascinated by her beauty. Shantanu proposed her for marriage. Nishadraj put a condition for the marriage that only Satyavati’s son will become the king. Shantanu did not agree to it and
Dhritarashtra was the son of Ambika, daughter of Kashiraj, and was the father of the hundred Kauravas. There is a famous story about the birth of Dhritrashtra. The king of Kuruvansh was Shantanu. His wife Satyavati gave birth to two sons – Vichitravirya and Chitraganda.
Dushasan was one of the hundred sons of Dhritrashtra and was very cruel by nature. At the same time, he was egoistic, a boaster, merciless and possessed all bad habits. Dushasan was also an advisor to his elder brother Duryodhan. At the same time, he
Gandhari was the daughter of King Subal of the Gandhar region (in present day Afghanistan). She worshipped Lord Rudra in her childhood and was blessed with a hundred sons. In those days, the number of members of Kuruvansh (family name) was less in Hastinapur. That
Jaydrath was the King of the Sindhu region (present day Pakistan). He was married to Dhritrashtra’s daughter Dushala. The time when the Pandavas were living at Saint Dhammya’s Ashram during their Vanvas (residing in the forest as exile), Jaydrath passed by the ashram with his
The father of the Pandavas, Pandu was the son of Ambalika, widow of Vichtravirya, whom she had begetted from Krishna Dwepayan Vyas by the Niyog method (old Aryan practice where a widow can have sexual intercourse with her husband’s younger brother to beget a child).
Dhritrashtra’s Charioteer and advisor Sanjay was born in a family of carpenters. He was a protégé of Vedvyas and a great devotee of Lord Krishna. He had always opposed the atrocities of Duryodhan. He had advised both Dhritrashtra and Yudhishthir (Son of Pandu) to stop
Dhritrashtra’s wife Gandhari’s brother and the maternal uncle of the Kauravas, Shakuni was the son of King Subal that is why he is also called Saubal. This area is in present day Gandhar/Afghanistan.
Vidur is one of the famous characters of Mahabharata known for his morals, knowledge, wisdom and justice. In spite of his virtue and erudition he did not get the deserved recognition in Mahabharata. He was also born the way Dhritrashtra and Pandu were born i.e.
Pandu’s eldest son was Dharmaraj Yudhishthir. Pandu’s elder brother Dhritrashtra was blind, that is why Pandu was throned as the King of Hastinapur. King Pandu had two wives, Kunti (Vasudev’s sister) and Madri. Kunti was blessed by a boon by Sage Durvasa with the help