Day: August 30, 2016
Maharaj Dhritarashtra is one of the main characters of Mahabharata and was born of Ved Vyasa and the eldest wife of King Vichitraveerya, i.e. Ambika.
When Maharaj Shantanu’s daughter-in-law became childless practically, his wife Satyavati approached Bhishma to procreate and Bhishma practically refused to do any such kind of act.
This kind of act is termed as Niyoga in the Manu Samhita and is meant for pious people only, the ones who have controlled their senses.
Satyavati thought of Ved Vyasa and he immediately appeared on the scene and she told her about her misery. When asked to procreate, he gave the queen a set of austerities to be performed for one year to which Satyavati refused.
When he was about to procreate, Ambika closed her eyes in disgust as Ved Vyasa was a sage with strong odour, dirty body and mattled hair locks.
Since at the time of conception, the mother closed her eyes, similarly, ,the child was cursed by fate to be blind from the birth.
The child born out of them was Dhritarashtra, the eldest of the two and hence, he sat on the throne.
Dhritarashtra was furious on Bhima for mercilessly slaying all his sons. After the war ended, the victorious Pandavas arrived at Hastinapur for formal transfer of power. Dhritarashtra insisted Pandavas to hug him one by one. Dhritarashtra embraced Yudhishthira heartily but he had developed enormous enmity for Bhima.
When Dhritarashtra turned to Bhima for embracement (blessing as a goodwill gesture), Lord Krishna sensed the danger and asked Bhima to show his iron statue of himself which was used by Duryodhan for practicing Gadayuddha. Dhritarashtra crushed the statue with his full might of one thousand elephants, the iron statue was smashed into pieces. Thus
Lord Krishna not only rescued Bhima from the wrath of blind king but also from certain death. Dhritarashtra later apologized for his folly and wholeheartedly embraced Bhima and other Pandavas.
The whole epic of mahabharata revolves around the five sons of Maharaj Pandu and the 100 sons of Maharaj Dhritrashtra.
Since the sons of Maharaj Shantanu couldnt bear any progeny and died prematurely, their wives were practically barren since they couldnt beget any children to the dynasty. Bhishma pitamah was approached in order to procreate the progeny for the kingdom, but he was invincible in front of his severe vow of lifelong obstinate celibacy.
Then, the mother of Maharaj Pandu sought of Srila Vyasadeva and immediately he appeared before her. He asked the purpose of remembrance and was told that the three daughter in laws of the dynasty were barren, Amba, Ambika and Ambalika.
She persuaded Vyasadev to procreate throught them and to which he replied that they must practice severe austerities for one year. Since the mother was unwilling, the sage procreated the progeny and Maharaj Pandu was born of the Queen Ambalika.
As soon as Ambalika saw Ved Vyasa, she became pale out of amazement and due to his untidiness. Therefore, she begot a son named Pandu which literally means pale. Despite being pale, Pandu was very handsome and had distinctive beautifying features of his body.
Pandu was married to the sister of Kintibhoja i.e. Maharani Kunti and Madri, the daughter of King of Madras.
When he was spending leisure time in the forest, he killed a deer mating with his mate which was actually Rishi Kindama and his wife. When the Rishi laid dead, he cursed Pandu that as soon as he would try to enjoy his wife, he would die instantly.
Then, he had to create progeny through Kunti and her incantation to call the demigods. Kunti had 3 sons and Madri, through the same spell had 2 sons.
Once, when maharaj Pandu was in the forest and the weather became amorous and erotic, he tried to embrace and enjoy the union of his second wife Madri and as a result of the curse, he died.
Seeing this, Madri cried in lamentation and Kunti Maharani also approached the spot. Finally, Madri entered the funeral pyre of her husband and achieved the same destination as her huisband, leaving Kunti and the 5 Pandavas weeping.