Many years passed and Kunti grew up to be a very beautiful woman.She
selected Pandu as her husband in a Swyamvara.Pandu also had another
wife called Madri.They all lived quite happily for many years.Pandu
was a pwerful ruler and conquered many nations.
Once Pandu with his two wives went to the forest and there they spent
some time enjoying the beauty of the fragrant flowers etc.Being a
great hunter,Pandu would indulge in hunting activities.
Now in that forest lived a rishi and his wife and the both wanted to
enjoy the ultimate in amorous pleasures which could only be achieved
by animals.They both took the form of deer and were enjoying the best
While mating,Pandu shot an arrow at them and they were mortally
wounded.They transformed themselves into human form again and spoke to
Pandu."O great King,how could you forget the rules of Dharma?The
Shastras forbid one from killing an animal while it is mating.This
sinful action of yours will cost you your very own life.Whenever you
approach your wife fill with desire and wanting to mate with her,you
too will die."
The rishi and his wife died before Pandu could beg their forgiveness.
Pandu returned to the hut where his wives were and he told them about
the curse that was placed on him.He decided to stay back in the forest
and not return to his kingdom.He then dispatched all his servants back
to Hastinapura and his wives stayed with him.
Pandu gave up all hopes of ever returning to Hastinapura.His wives got
rid of their fine clothing and jewelry and they all lived like
ascetics.As time passed on,He became worried that he had no son
and suggested that his wives become concieved by a rishi so that they
could obtain an heir to the throne.
Then Kunti revealed to him about her encounter with the sage Durvasa
and how he blessed her with a mantra that could invoke any god when
used.Pandu became very happy and instructed her to invoke the Lord of
Dharma.In due course of time a son was born to her and he possessed
the attributes of Lord Dharma himself.His name was Yudhishtira.
After about a year Pandu wanted another son and this time Kunti invoked
the Lord Vayu.To them a son Bhima was born with attributes as powerful
as Vayu.Not being satisfied with two sons,Pandu made Kunti invoke the
great Lord Indra from whom Arjuna was born,possessing the strenght of
Pandu's greed did not stop there.He asked Kunti to use the mantra
again but this time she refused.She explained to him that it is now
ad-dharmic to use the mantra another time because the remedial use of
it has already been absorbed by her.
Then Pandu instructed her to teach his other wife Madri the mantra.
Kunti did so and Madri invoked the Gods who were the Ashwin twins.To
her was born twins.Nakula and Sahadeva were their names.These twins
were very handsome and had some excellent attributes too.
Back in Hastinapura,on the day Bhima was born,Gandhari the wife of
Dhritarashtra also gave birth to a son.He was called Duryohdhana.Ninety
nine other sons were born to Gandhari and one daughter.
On the day Duryohdhana was born,Dhritarashtra consulted with the wise
Vidura asking him about the evil omens which occured.Vidura told him
that this child would be destructive and would cause the end of his
lineage but being his first son,Dhritarashtra ignored the advice that
Vidura gave to him.
Pandit Bhadase Maharaj.