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Teachings of queen kuntī Introduction
The tragic and heroic figure of Queen Kuntī emerges from an explosive era in the history of ancient India. As ...
Teachings of queen kuntī Introduction
Pāṇḍu became king because his elder brother Dhṛtarāṣṭra had been born blind, a condition that excluded him from direct succession. ...
Teachings of queen kuntī Introduction
Meanwhile, Pāṇḍu had taken two wives, Mādrī and Kuntī. Originally named Pṛthā, Kuntī was the daughter of Śūrasena, the chief ...
Teachings of queen kuntī Introduction
After Kuntī married Pāṇḍu, he was placed under a curse that prevented him from begetting children. So he renounced the ...
Teachings of queen kuntī Introduction
Having been blessed with this virtuous son, Pāṇḍu then asked Kuntī for a son of great physical strength. Thus Kuntī ...
Teachings of queen kuntī Introduction
Thereafter Pāṇḍu consulted with great sages in the forest and then asked Kuntī to observe vows of austerity for one ...
Teachings of queen kuntī Introduction
Now, since Pāṇḍu had retired from the throne and gone to the forest, Dhṛtarāṣṭra had temporarily assumed the throne until ...
Teachings of queen kuntī Introduction
After Pāṇḍu’s death, the sages living in the forest brought the five young princes and Kuntī to the Kaurava court ...
Teachings of queen kuntī Introduction
But a smooth transfer of power was not to be. Although Dhṛtarāṣṭra had at first recognized the primogeniture of Yudhiṣṭhira, ...
Teachings of queen kuntī Introduction
Miraculously, however, Kuntī and the Pāṇḍavas repeatedly escaped death, for they were under the loving protection of Lord Kṛṣṇa, who ...
Teachings of queen kuntī Introduction
When the thirteen-year exile had ended, the Pāṇḍavas returned to Hastināpura to reclaim their kingdom. But Duryodhana bluntly refused to ...
Teachings of queen kuntī Introduction
Fierce fighting raged for eighteen days on the historic plain of Kurukṣetra (near Hastināpura), and in the end all but ...