Originally named Prtha, Kunti was the daughter of Surasena, the chief of the glorious Yadu dynasty. Hidimbi would go on to birth Ghatotkacha, who later takes part in the Kurukshetra War. The Adi Parva of Mahabharata is one of the first texts to mention her. However, she had a prolonged pregnancy and in the mean time, Kunti and Madri begot sons through Durvasa's mantra. When Pandu expressed to Kunti his despair at the prospect of dying childless, she mentioned the boon granted to her. Madri was of the view that Kunti was inferior by birth to her because Yadavas were cattle herders while she was a princess. Her birth name was Pritha. Pritha, daughter of Shurasena, was adopted by her childless uncle, Kuntibhoja and was renamed as ‘Kunti’. [21], After the Kurukshetra war, Kunti lived with her sons for many years. Madri bears Pandu Nakula and Sahadeva by the Ashvins. The Pandavas returned to their hut and said that they have bought alms (signifying Kanyadan). The story of Madri begins when Kuru king Pandu travelled to the Madra kingdom (present day Sialkot, Pakistan) and married the princess Madri, and made her his second wife. Do you even expect them to be accepted at Hastinapura as the sons of Pandu?”, “Why?”Madri frowned. Karna denied the offer, as he could not betray his friend. Today, it was different.“No, it is not, Madri. In his last few hours, Pandu was worried. However Kunti remained in Hastinapura with are sister in law, Gandhari. But at the sight of Madri, decked up to join Pandu on the pyre, tears sprung from her eyes.“You are not thinking straight, Madri.”. [15], Later, Bhima slays the rakshasa Hidimba and he is beseeched by Hidimbi, Hidimba's sister, to wed her. All were shocked to learn the fact they committed fratricide. I have to go with him now. Thus, Kunti used the boon granted to her by Sage Durvasa (which she had used to bear Karna) to bear three sons—Yudhishthira by Dharmaraja - god of Justice; Bhima by Vayu - god of wind, and Arjuna by Indra - the king of Svarga (Heaven). Kunti was disturbed by her husband's act, but eventually reconciled with him. Bound by the power of the mantra, Surya blessed her with a child. Early in her life she rejects her son born out of wedlock (Karna) in societal fear, only to confess to him several years later, in solitude, that she birthed him. Pandu had another wife, Madri. [18][19], When the Pandavas lose the kingdom in a dice game and are forced to go into exile for thirteen years, Kunti is forced by King Dhritarashtra to remain in the capital. Madri, although a devout wife, could never match up to Kunti in terms of managing royal affairs. When the Pandavas returned to Hastinapur, there was a succession crisis. The five brothers were begotten through Niyoga. Later the Kuru Princes were sent for training to Drona. She also possessed an unusual benediction. Watchlist. She knew it would not be any lighter in the near future, but she had to compose herself and make Pandu’s wishes come true. She was the sister of Vasudeva, the father of Krishna and shared a close relationship with Krishna. In exile with her husband Pandu, she shares her boon with his second wife Madri reluctantly and is always in fear of being out-shadowed. A remorseful Pandu renounced the kingdom and went into exile with Kunti and Madri. She chose to stay in Vidura's house rather than the royal palace. Madri apologises to Kunti for her mistake but also tells her things that shock Kunti. Pandu had two wives, Kunti and Madri. Kunti frowned at the seeming calm that her co-wife commanded. They will make Pandu proud. The Pandavas were furious with Kunti, especially Yudhisthira, who cursed Kunti and women of the world that they shall be unable to keep any secret anymore. Kunti chose King Pandu of Hastinapur, making her the Queen of Hastinapur. Kunti (Sanskrit: कुन्ती, IAST: Kuntī), also known as Pritha (Sanskrit: पृथा, IAST: Pṛthā), is one of the most important female protagonists of the epic, Mahabharata. Kunti was disturbed by her husband's act, but eventually reconciled with him. He regretted his actions that brought us all away here. Through her all-too-apparent humanity peers a human being who has a larger perspective on life, and who tries to realize those ideals on which tradition placed a high value. One fateful day, Pandu desired Madri and the memory of the curse briefly eluded him. But then he consoled himself, saying that with you by his side, he could face what lay ahead. He met some sages and asked them a way for the heaven and salvation. I know he would.”, “He would indeed.” Madri agreed, a tear springing from her eye for the first time since morning.“And yes, the scriptures also advise on how to dissuade a woman from entering her husband’s funeral pyre with a possibility of starting life afresh. He wanted to claim it back for Yudhishtira to restore order and bring back the rule of Dharma he always believed in. Dangers and calamities shadow it. Kunti, upon her husband's request, used her mantra and was blessed with three children - Yudhishthira, Bhima and Arjuna. Worried about the developments at Hastinapura. [4], Once Rishi Durvasa visited Kuntibhoja. [14] During their stay, Kunti and the Pandavas came to know of a demon, Bakasura, who ate people. A major character in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. SAISWAROOPA IYER shares her account of an emotional interaction between Kunti and Madri, Pandu’s wives in the Mahabharata. Various actresses portrayed the role in various films and TV serials. Kunti had invoked Sun God before marriage to check the potency of mantra and she had received Karna as her son from Sun God. “The one sitting on the throne right now, King Dhritarashtra himself, was a child begotten through niyoga, born to Mother Ambika through Bhagavan Vyasa, as was Pandu from Mother Ambalika.”, There was something about Madri’s calm resolve that made Kunti less and less confident about dissuading her. She is also prominently mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana because of her connection with Krishna, the main figure of the text. All rights reserved, On the Auspicious Occasion of Gita Jayanti, The four MahaVakyas of the Upanishads in English, Being human is the first step toward spirituality: Micro-poems in Hindi. Her father gave Kunti to his childless cousin Kuntibhoja. She is also said to have an affectionate relationship with her daughter-in-law Draupadi. Soon after, during his mission to expand his empire, Pandu, on Bhishma's proposal, married Madri, a princess of Madra in order to secure the vassalage of Madra. “They have a capable mother in you, sister. Due to Pandu's inability to bear children, Kunti had to use the boon given by Sage Durvasa to give birth to her three children's Yudhisthira, Bhima and Arjuna. He was so frustrated that he wanted to commit suicide. She took Madri in her arms. “Trust me Kunti, you will do a better job of bringing them up without my burden on your shoulders.” Kunti sank down to her knees. After the Yudhishthira became the emperor of the Kuru, she retired to forest and died. ", "Kunti And Gandhari - The Two Matriarchs Of Mahabharata", "Kunti Devi From Mahabharata: A Character Sketch", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kunti&oldid=994586576, Short description is different from Wikidata, All Wikipedia articles written in Indian English, Articles having different image on Wikidata and Wikipedia, Articles containing Sanskrit-language text, Pages using multiple image with auto scaled images, Pages using Sister project links with default search, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 December 2020, at 14:12. The powerful Bhima brought his might to the fore and defeated Bakasura. The Mahabharata relates that Kunti "was gifted with beauty and character; she rejoiced in the law [dharma] and was great in her vows." With Pandu, Kunti and Madri in the forest, Gandhari and her husband wanted to have a son who would be the eldest of the Kuru princes and thus, eligible to become the king of Hastinapur. Kunti took care of Nakula and Sahadeva, the sons of Madri and loved them more than her own sons. Maharaj Pandu and his wives Kunti and Madri lived in Pandukeshwar in the Gandhamadana region of the Himalayas. Kunti engineered a plot where Bhima would be able to face and kill the demon. Kunti and Madri used this boon to produce children. Pray, don’t scorn me for that, Kunti.”, Kunti nodded with difficulty and rose, her heart still heavy. You could have a whole life ahead and Pandu would bless you from wherever he is. [17], When Kunti, along with the Pandavas and Draupadi, returned to Hastinapura, they faced many problems including Draupadi's polyandry and succession dispute between Yudhishthira and Duryodhana. However, Draupadi accepted this as her fate. She also invoked Ashvins for Madri on her behest and Madri gave birth to twin sons, Nakula and Sahadeva. Interestingly, while hunting in the forest of Hastinapur, Pandu happened to hit with an arrow a copulating deer couple, who were in fact humans disguised as deer in order to enjoy making love in the open. Bhima is reluctant, but Kunti ordered Bhima to marry Hidimbi seeing merit in the woman. Pandu was cursed and would die if he made love to one of his wives. Kuntibhoja organized Kunti's swayamvara. She also learns that Pandu is returning to Hastinapur with his second wife, Madri. 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If Kunti hadn't kept it a secret, there were chances that the war would've been averted and millions of lives would've been spared. The rishis of Shatashringa had collected in the yard of their ashram, some of them consoling the five brothers, her sons. She constantly guides her sons on their actions and keeps the family bound as one, never to have them fight among each other. She is said to have a great amount of respect for her brother-in-law Dhritarashtra and Vidura and for Dhritarashtra's wife Gandhari. [3] One day, Pandu was cursed to die if he tried to embrace any woman. Kunti invoked Yamaraj, Vayu and Indra to give birth to Yudhisthira, Bhima and Arjuna. It appears that Madri all along had felt that her situation was progressively weakening each time Kunti had a son. There are smiles and inquisitiveness, joy and happiness in Kunti’s life. However, he promised Kunti that he would not kill any of his brothers except Arjuna, thus following both Mitra dharma and Putra dharma. They shall fulfill his vision of a unified Bharata. The Mahabharata relates that Kunti "was gifted with beauty and character; she rejoiced in the law [dharma] and was great in her vows." Pandu names the child Yudhishtir. On the advice of Bhishma, Pandavas were given a barren land to rule which was developed into Indraprastha. [12], After the princes finished their training, they returned to Hastinapura. She shared the boon with Madri, who invoked the Ashwini Kumaras to beget Nakula and Sahadeva. Madri was of the view that Kunti was inferior by birth to her because Yadavas were cattle herders while she was a princess. Kunti welcomes them. Out of impetuous curiosity, Kunti invoked the god Surya. [6][7] Soon after, during his mission to expand his empire, Pandu, on Bhishma's proposal, married Madri, a princess of Madra in order to secure the vassalage of Madra. Courage an… Composure and poise was always her forte while Madri used to have the luxury to show her emotions. Kunti and Draupadi are two women who shape the entire course of dynastic destiny in the Mahabharata. In Hinduism, she is extolled as one of the panchakanya ("five virgins"), archetypes of female chastity whose names are believed to dispel sin when recited. In fact, Kunti had a boon from Sage Durvasa that he could bear children from Gods without having a marital affair with them. Kunti chose King Pandu of Hastinapur, making her the Queen of Hastinapur. In exile . After a death of Pandu and Madri, Kunti goes back to her in-laws house. And three loving older brothers to protect them.”Madri spoke with the same equanimity. To get cleansed of the sin of killing a sage, Pandu installed the Deity of Lord Vishnu in Pandukeshwar and performed austerities. Meanwhile, Pandu had taken two wives, Madri and Kunti. Nor is it a way to escape from your responsibilities as a mother. But alas, my sister; even if what you say happens, I would search for Pandu in any man and find myself only disappointed and bereaved more than ever. Kunti’s is a story of nobility, fortitude, and sacrifice. Vidura died two years after they left. Arjuna was able to win Draupadi's hand. Several years later, when Devavrat had grown up to be an accomplished prince, Shantanu fell in love with Satyavati. Kunti having warmed up to Madri during their exile shares the mantra with her. “Flattery is not a solution, Madri. To her surprise, the child was born with his sacred armor on. When Kunti heard the cries of a Brahmin - who had provided her and her sons shelter in Ekachakra, Kunti consoled him and suggested that instead of a Brahmin's family, her son Bhima would face the demon. Kunti prevented Bhima from killing the demoness Hidimba and advises him to … The remarkable attribute of Kunti’s character is that she has successfully done single-parenting of all five sons including twins of Madri. Kunti was shocked after realizing the implications of her words,that is,all of the Pandavas married Draupadi thinking that they are obeying their mother's orders. Samindra Kunti. Out of fear of the public and with no choice, Kunti put the child in a basket and set him afloat the Ganga river. Meanwhile, Pandu had taken two wives, Madri and Kunti. Kunti taught the mantra to Madri and after its usage, Madri was awarded with two sons-Nakula and Sahadeva. Meanwhile, Pandu had taken two wives, Madri and Kunti. Pandu and Madri pandered to her every whim, whether it was for sour mangoes or for a fish from the river. Pandu was cursed by a sage that he could not be intimate with his wives; and he had no children yet. Out of curiosity, the young lady used the mantra to invoke Surya and was blessed with a son named Karna. She loved her sons more than herself and was ever anxious for their well-being. [11], After the death of Pandu and Madri, Kunti took care of all five Pandava children taking them back to Hastinapur. Kunti also transferred her boon to Madri. As Swami Siddhinathananda points out: ‘Kunti has an individuality of her own. After Indraprastha was established, Kunti stayed in Hastinapura and had an affectionate relationship with her sister in law, Gandhari. The dying sage then cursed him to die if he tries to make love with his wife. She instructed her children to take care of the common people and ordered Bhima to … Shantanu, the king of Hastinapur, was married to Ganga (personification of the Ganges) with whom he had a son called Devavrat. As soon as he was born, he gazed back at his mother with calm, knowing eyes. Pandu renounced the kingdom and went into exile with Kunti and Madri. SAISWAROOPA IYER shares her account of an emotional interaction between Kunti and Madri, Pandu’s wives in the Mahabharata Kunti clutched the … Hence Kunti took the boon back from Madri. About Pandu, Kunti, Madri story - story of Kunti and her son Karna #KrisnaBhagavanBhakthi - Let's learn & teach Bhagavan Bhakthi & Hinduism. [16], The Pandavas attended the swayamvara of Draupadi in Panchala. Kunti used her mantra to have three children from gods. The Mahabharata relates that Kunti "was gifted with beauty and character; she rejoiced in the law [dharma] and was great in her vows." “I know you will not let him down. Farewell, sister.” â–, © 2020 Times Internet Limited. After the death of Karna, Kunti disclosed the secret of Karna's birth to Pandavas and others. So please don’t say that sati is not mentioned in our mythology — An (@anashwaraaa) September 28, 2018 Madri specialized in lesbian sex, and had soon made Kunti swooning for her. She bears a son from Lord Dharmraj. Mahabharat - Season 2: Kunti bears a son - Pandu leaves Hastinapur with Kunti and Madri. Share. I have travelled to more than 20 countries to report on the game. As he was born out of wedlock, Kunti had to abandon him to save herself from the society. You will bring up our five sons well enough to make him proud.”, Kunti remained unmoved. She also possessed an unusual benediction. Kunti was the biological daughter of Shurasena, a Yadava chief. Madri was the wife of Pandu, alongside Kunti and mother of Nakula and Sahadeva of the Pandavas. Kunti misunderstood them and asked the Pandavas to share whatever they had brought. Originally named Prtha, Kunti was the daughter of Surasena, the chief of the glorious Yadu dynasty. Madri apparently made a misuse of the boon. There would be kings in Bharata who would kill to have a wife like you and sons like Nakula and Sahadeva. Pandu and Madri died early, so Kunti adopted her step sons and took her children to Hastinapura, the capital of Kuru. Harsh on them that Kunti is more affectionate towards twins of Madri and.! Wives ; and he had no children yet during their hiding, she is also said to have shift... 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