Nakula was the son fo Maharaj Pandu, who was born out of his second wife, Madri. When Kunti maharani had already begot 3 sons by calling various demigods, Pandu asked her to call for more demigods and have children through them, to which she refused saying that a women having intimate relationships with more than 3 men is called a prostitute.
Since Pandu desired more children, he was thinking of doing so. Then Madri approached Pandu and asked him to ask Kunti to teach her the mantra and beget children like that.
Kunti, being pleased taught Madri the mantra and hence, she called upon the Twin Ashwini Kumaras, the doctors of the demigods and they blessed Madri with two children, Nakul and Sahadev.
In sanskrit, Nakul means the most beautiful. The aakashwani at the time of their birth sadi that they will be most famous in prowess and beauty, even more than the Ashwini kumaras as well.
Nakula married Draupadi during this period and had a son, Satanika; who was killed by Ashwatthama in the Kurukshetra War. Nakula also married Karenumati, daughter of Dhristaketu, who bore him one son, Niramitra; however he was killed by Karna during the war.
The skills of Nakula are:
- Horse-keeping: Nakula’s deep understanding of horse breeding and training is documented in the Mahabharata after the death of Narakasura by Krishna. In a conversation with Virata, Nakula claimed to know the art of treating all illnesses of horses. He was also a highly skilled charioteer.
- Ayurveda: Being a son of the physicians, Ashwini Kumaras, Nakula was also believed to be an expert in Ayurveda.
- Sword Fighting: Nakula and his brother, Sahadeva were skilled sword fighters. Nakula was said to ride his horse in the rain and used his sword to deflect every drop. He would emerge completely dry.
- Diplomacy: Nakula was very handsome and charming man. He was a skilled diplomat.
- Nakula was a master of unusual weapons.