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Some unknown facts from the epic 'Mahabharata'


Being an indian, we all are familiar with the story of the great epic 'Mahabharata'. Here are some of the unknown facts about Mahabharata

  • Dhritarashtra has 101 sons and one daughter. Apart from 100 Kauravas from Gandhari, he has a son named Yuyutsu from the maid of Gandhari, Sughada. He was the only son of Dhritarashtra who survived the Mahabharata war.
  • Lord Krishna and Arjuna were the incarnations of Narayan and Nara. Nara- Narayan is the twin brother fourth Avatar of Lord Vishnu on earth.
  • Mahabharata was composed by Maharishi Vedvyas and written by Lord Ganesha.
  • Vedvyas was the first born of Satyavati, wife of Maharaja Shantanu.
  • The real name of Vedvyas is Krishnadweepayan which means dark skinned;born on an island.
  • Abhimanyu was the reincarnation of Varchas, son of Chandra Dev. Since Chandra Dev didn't want to stay away from his son for a long time, he set a condition that his son will live on earth only for 16 years. That is why Abhimanyu was killed at the age of 16.
  • Vedvyas was the biological father of Dhritarashtra, Pandu and Vidura. Since both sons of Maharaja Shantanu and Satyavati died early without leaving an heir, Satyavati requested her first born- Vedvyas to impregnate the wifes of her death sons.
  • Sage Vyasa was ugly with a dark complexion. Hence on seeing him, Ambika who was rather scared shut her eyes, resulting in their child, Dhritarashtra, being born blind. Ambalika turned pale upon meeting Vyasa, which resulted in their child, Pandu, being born pale. Ambika sent her maid to meet Vyasa. The duty-bound maid was calm and composed; she had a healthy child who was Vidura.
  • Vidura was the incarnation of Yamraj, cursed by Rishi Mandavya to be born as a shudra on earth.
  • Ashwatthama was a unified ansh avatar of Lord Shiva, Yama, Kama and Krodha. So he was born with a gem on his forehead which gave him power over hunger, thirst and all living beings lower than humans. But due to his evil deeds, Lord Krishna took away the gem, giving him immense pain, cursing him to be an immortal till the end of Kaliyuga. During the kalki avatar, he will play a very important role.
  • Ashwatthama is one of eight Chiranjeevis ( immortals).
  • Draupadi was given a boon to regain her virginity when she moved from one Pandav to the other.
  • Draupadi in her previous birth asked a boon from Shiva to marry a guy with all good qualities five times and ended up marrying five Pandavas.
  • Sahadev, the youngest Pandav, knew everything about the future and events of the kurukshetra war. But he remained silent since he was cursed to die if he revealed it.
  • Sahadev ate the little finger of Pandu and Lord Krishna ate the rest of the body, giving both of them knowledge about the future.
  • Fathers of the Pandavas Yudhishthira- Yamraj Bheema- Vayu Dev Arjuna- Indra Dev Nakul and Sahadev- Ashwini kumars
  • Iravan was the son of Arjun and Ulupi, a Naga Princess. Arjun asked him to Sacrifice himself for the victory of Pandavas, to which Iravan agreed.But he had a condition that he wanted to marry a woman, so that she would weep on his death. But none of the Princesses agreed as he would die soon. So Krishna turned himself to the beautiful Mohini. That night they made love and the next day he was sacrificed to Kali. Mohini wept for him so much that it is said no woman had ever wept so much on their Husband's death.
  • Only Yudhisthira could reach the gates of Heaven among the Pandavas. As he entered Heaven, the Devas welcomed him. There he saw his Kaurava Brothers. He was enraged and asked the Gods why they were allowed to come to Heaven. They replied that the Kauravas were killed in the Holy land of Kurukshetra. That has purified their misdeeds.

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