The Mahabharata: A Family Chart
During Gandhari's pregnancy complications, Dhritarashtra, fearing that he will After Arjuna won Draupadi and the Pandavas' marriage to her, the Pandavas . A man taught in all ethics, stoop to say nothing when Draupadi is desecrated in. No one will say, my son was like the son of Gandhari for Gandhari's The Kauravas have the blood of Dhritarashtra, your first son by Ambika. We think and have wanted to prove that Gandhari with her short appearance in the epic, excels all other female characters- depicted in Pandavas and Duryadhans – Sons of Dhritarastra, who was the king of the The ancient Indian historians say that it Here is the difference- and the difference is on the point of morality.
But blind men are not allowed to be kings. Who makes such laws? Then I hold the ancestors responsible for the crime of my children. Vyasa, storyteller, do you realize that the Pandavas are not of your blood? The Kauravas have the blood of Dhritarashtra, your first son by Ambika.
Your second son, Pandu, born of Ambalika, did not father any sons. And laws will not allow your third son, born of a servant woman, to wear the crown. The villains of the epic are your grandchildren. Do you feel noble, an objective keeper of dharma, as you condemn them and described the gory details of their murder?
Or are you so great an ascetic that you refuse to acknowledge your fatherhood? Do you prefer addressing the Kauravas are villains rather than grandchildren? Detached, you do not feel my pain. Every day, henceforth, for thirty six years, Bhima will remind me and my husband how he killed our hundred sons.
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When we sit down to eat, just as when we are about to put the food in our mouth, he will crack his knuckles so that we hear the sound that came when he broke their bones or ripped open their chest. They were quiet when you screamed for help in the gambling hall. Their silence led to the death of your sons and my Ghatotkacha. Let me have the pleasure of reminding them how I killed each and everyone of their hundred sons.
How they begged me to stop and how I drank their blood. Yes, they disrobed you and you have washed your hair in their blood. It was right they were killed. Now, look at me, I am your victim — the victim of your justified outrage: We are paying the price of poor parenting. We deserve this, yes. Does it make you happy to see us so? There is a little story that Vyasa has not included in the great epic perhaps because it is too cruel in its honesty to put down in writing.
Bards say, that Gandhari refused to leave the battleground strewn with corpses of her children even when the sun set. Their presence comforts me. Old and frail, she waved her stick to keep the wolves and vultures from getting to the rotting flesh of her sons.
Krishna came and tried to persuade her. It will not pass. Hungry wolves waited for the mother to tire. She waved her stick with determination — none would get to her sons.
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Suddenly, Gandhari felt a pang of hunger. A hunger she had never felt before. A great hunger that it caused her to bend and bind her stomach. It was as if she had not eaten for a thousand days. She could not think or feel anything. All she wanted suddenly was food.
And when the thought of food entered her mind, the smell of a mango entered her nostril. It was the sweetest of smells and it came from above her. She tried to get to it but it was out of reach. So she found a stone and climbed on it to get to it. Still the mango was out of reach. She put another stone above the first one, but the mango was still out of reach. Then other stone and another, a whole pile, before she finally got hold of the mango.
She plucked it and sucked on it: She ate it quickly, even the skin, licked her fingers and felt the hunger pass away. What was she doing eating a mango when they were dead? She felt the stones on which she was sitting — they felt softer and wet, almost like flesh!
These were not stones on which she sat; these were the bodies of her children. She sat on them and ate mangoes. This was a cruel lesson of a ruthless god. Gandhari howled at the truth of her insight. And may you die alone in the forest, hunted down like a beast. And she felt Draupadi weeping next to her. Both were being hugged by Krishna, the mother of villains and the mother of heroes, both being comforted by he who they say is God. He allowed Gandhari to vent out her venom and he accepted the curse quietly — no retaliatory curse.
Yes, his children would die as Gandhari had deemed fit and so would he. Let his clan suffer so that the spiral of vendetta does not continue. It has to end sometime. And if this demands the sacrifice of his clan, then let it be so.
But in getting that blood, so much rage was generated that it cost you the lives of your five sons. Was it worth it?
Could you have forgiven? Or was vengeance the only recourse? Is vengeance ever the answer? He who strikes another always believes he is right in doing so — they are heroes, they are martyrs. But ask the one struck down — they will call the hero a villain, they will call the martyr, a terrorist. Veda Vyasa divides this into parts and stores them in earthen pots to incubate.
First to be born among these is Duryodhanafollowed by 98 brothers and one sister, Dushala. The st boy was not Gandhari's, but of a maid with who Dhritarashtra had coitus out of frustration on Gandhari as she was 'delaying' the birth of his sons.
He was named Yuyutsu and grew up alongside his Kaurava brothers. During the birth of her first son Duryodhanamany ill omen occur, worrying VyasaBhishma and Vidura. They foresee that this child might cause great destruction to their kingdom, and advise to either release him onto the waters of river Ganga or kill him. But Dhritarashtra and Gandhari reject the idea. Later life and death[ edit ] Kunti leading Dhritarashtra and Gandhari as she goes to the forest in exile Some folk fore narrate that Gandhari made a single exception to her blindfolded state, when she removed her blindfold to see her eldest son Duryodhana.
She poured all her power into her son's body in one glance, rendering Duryodhana's entire body, except his loinsas strong as thunderbolt. Krishna foiled Gandhari's plan by asking Duryodhana to cover up his privates before meeting his mother.
On their decisive encounter on the eighteenth day of the Kurukshetra battle, Bhima smashed Duryodhana's thighs, a move both literally and figuratively below the belt. This story is not mentioned in the original version of the Mahabharata which was written by Veda Vyasa. As per Vyasa's Mahabharata, Duryodhana, while fighting against Bhima, displayed his superior mace skills, due to which Bhima could not defeat him and had to break rules to kill him.
All of Gandhari's sons were killed in the war against their cousins, the Pandavasat Kurukshetraspecifically at the hands of Bhima. Upon hearing the news, it is said that through a small gap in the blindfold, her gaze fell on Yudhishthira's toe.
His clean toe was charred black due to her wrath and power. When she heard the news of the death of all the sons of Pandavas Upapandavasshe embraced the Pandavas and consoled them for their losses. Later her wrath turned to Krishna for allowing all this destruction to happen.
Krishna accept the curse. Her curse took its course 36 years after the great war when Yadu dynasty perished after a fight broke out between Yadavas at a festival. Lord Krishna ascended to his heavenly abode after living for years. The golden city of Dwarka drowned exactly seven days after his disappearance. Gandhari along with her husband Dhritarashtra, brother-in-law Vidura and sister-in-law Kunti, left Hastinapur about 15 years after the war to seek penance.
She is said to have died in the Himalayas in a forest fire along with Vidura and Kunti and attained moksha.