MAHABHARATA: VIDURA WAS THE ELDEST BROTHER OF DHRITARASHTRA AND PANDU | Sulekha Creative
Upon Pandu's abdication and the blind Dhritarashtra's succession, Vidura Hearing Dhritarashtra not acknowledge that relationship, Vidura. The birth of Dhritarashtra and Pandu filled the kingdom with festive The marriage of Pandu, the pale one, to the 'matchless beauty' Kunti (Khoon-ti) gets into. PANDU: younger brother of Dhritarashtra; patriarch; retired from kingdom to hunt ORAL TRADITION: It is believed that all the ancient stories, songs, and epics.
She is also referred to in various places in the epic as Gandhara-raja-duhita daughter of the Gandhara kingSaubaleyi, Saubali, Subalaja, Subala-putri and Subalatmaja all meaning 'daughter of Subala'.
Marriage[ edit ] Gandhari's marriage was arranged to Dhritarashtrathe eldest prince of the Kuru kingdom, a region in Delhi and Haryana region. The Mahabharata depicted her as a beautiful and virtuous woman and a very dedicated wife. Their marriage was arranged by Bhishma. When she found out that her would-be husband was born blind, she decided to blindfold herself in order to be like her husband. What went through the young girl's mind when she found out that she was to marry a blind man is not depicted in the epic.
Popular narration said that the act of blindfolding herself was a sign of dedication and love.
On the contrary, Irawati Karve and many modern scholars debated that the act of blindfolding was an act of protest against Bhishmaas he intimidated her father into giving away her hand in marriage to the blind prince of Hastinapur.
Her brother, Shakuniwas enraged that Hastinapur, already having humiliated Gandhar in a war of conquest where all of Shakuni's brothers were killed, would offer for his prized sister a blind man. Shakuni swore to destroy the Kuru dynasty and played an instrumental role in fueling the flames of conflict between the cousins. Pregnancy and birth of her children[ edit ] Veda Vyasa is impressed with Gandhari's devotion to her husband and gives her a boon to have hundred sons.
She gets pregnant but carries the child for an unusually long period. Later, when she hears that Kunti queen of king Panduyounger brother of Dhritharashtra has given birth to the eldest of the Pandavasshe pounds on her stomach in frustration and helplessness only to result in birth to a grey mass and not her sons.
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. In what ways are the various characters blinded or in the dark? In what ways do they see the light? Pay special attention when Vyasa intervenes between the Kauravas and Pandavas, saying "Put down that weapon!
No crime should corrupt this poem! Note the use of dark and light by the filmmaker. What are the most brightly lit scenes? Does Part I end in light or darkness? What do you make of this? Why does Peter Brook make it seem like the feud is the epic?
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What characteristics of the epic are apparent in the Mahabharata? Compare and contrast Arjuna and Odysseus. How does Gandhari finally bear her sons? She asks nothing for herself. Note the curses and prophesies made: Arjuna promises to kill Karna, and Bhisma predicts that Karna will forget the formula for the ultimate weapon at the moment of his death. Krishna says, rather matter-of-factly, that the Pandavas will be victorious in the end. What is the function or meaning of these curses and prophesies?
Consider Bashupadha, the ultimate weapon, given to Arjuna by Shiva, also given in formula to Karna by Bhisma. It is an absolute weapon that can destroy the world; it is a weapon that can be launched with a bow, an eye, a word, a thought. Once released, it cannot be recalled. It cannot be disposed of, nor given back. The Earth shakes when it hears the name. In what ways does this year-old story foretell the fate of the 20th century? Both Duryodhana and Arjuna visit Krishna to ask for his allegiance in the war.
Krishna says he will not fight, and cannot take sides because he loves them all equally. But he does give them a choice: What do these choices say about the two leaders?
And when Duryodhana refuses to give the Pandavas 5 villages to avoid war, Krishna shouts: We will see a glorious massacre! What is the effect of ending Part I at this point? What other cinematic techniques photography, mise-en-scene, movement, editing, acting, etc. Why does Karna ask his mother to keep the secret of his birth from his brothers?