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In the Mahabharata epic, Pandu is the son of Vichitravirya and his second wife, Ambalika from Vyasa. He is more popularly known as the father of the Pandavas. The Mahabharata (Devanagari: महाभारत, phonetically Mahābhārata - see note), sometimes just called Bharata, is one of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. ... In Hindu mythology, Queen Satyavati bore King Santanu two sons, Chitrangada and Vichitravirya. ... Ambalika was the daughter of King of Kashi and wife of Vichitravirya, King of Hastinapur. ... Rishi Ved Vyasa Vyasa (Vyāsa in IAST transliteration) an incarnation of supreme - Lord Vishnu, is an important figure in the Hindu religion and its literature. ... In the Mahabharata, the Pandavas are the five acknowledged sons of Pandu, by his two wives Kunti and Madri. ...

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Birth

After Vichitravirya's death his mother Satyavati sent for her first born, Rishi Veda Vyasa. According to his mother's wishes, he visited both the wives of Vichitravirya to grant them a son. Ambalika was instructed by Satyavati to keep her eyes open lest she would bear a blind son like Ambika (Dhritarashtra). She did keep her eyes open but she became pale after seeing the formidable form of the Sage. Therefore, Pandu was born pale. Satyavati is the great-grandmother of the Pandava and Kaurava princes, principal characters of the Mahabharata, one of the principal texts in Hindu mythology. ... In Hinduism, a Rishi () is a sage and/or seer who heard (cf. ... Rishi Ved Vyasa Vyasa (Vyāsa in IAST transliteration) an incarnation of supreme - Lord Vishnu, is an important figure in the Hindu religion and its literature. ... Ambika was the daughter of King of Kashi and wife of Vichitravirya, King of Hastinapur. ... In Mahabharata Dhritarashtra was the son bore by Vichitraviryas first wife Ambika from Vyasa. ...


Life

Pandu was an excellent archer. He became the commander of King Dhritarashtra's army and also ruled the kingdom for him. Pandu conquered the territories of Dasarnas, Kashi, Anga, Vango, Kalinga, Magadha etc. and thus re-established their superiority over all the kings. There are multiple meanings of Kashi: Benares (a. ... This article is about the Philippine province. ... Magadha was an ancient kingdom of India, mentioned in both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. ...


Pandu got married to Madri, daughter of the King of Madra, and Kunti, King Kuntibhoja of Vrish's daughter. While enjoying in a forest, Pandu shot a Rishi (who was mating), so the Rishi cursed him that, when he approaches his wife with love he will die. Upset, Pandu renounced his kingdom and lived like a hermit with his wives. In the Mahabharata epic, Madri was a princess of the Madra kingdom and the second wife of Pandu. ... In Hinduism, Princess Kunti is the mother of the Pandavas. ...


Kunti used her boons given by Sage Durvasa to bear three sons—Yudhishtira (by Lord Yama), Bhima (by Lord Vayu), and Arjuna (by Lord Indra). Also Kunti gave birth to Karna through Surya. She also gave her boons to Madri, who bore Nakula and Sahadeva twins from the physicians to the gods, Ashwini Kumar twins. In Hinduism, Durvasa is an ancient sage, who was known for his short temper. ... Yudhisthira was the son of King Pandu and Queen Kunti. ... Tibetan Dharmapala at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois Yama (Sanskrit: यम) is the lord of death, whose first recorded appearance is in the Vedas. ... In the Mahabharata, Bhima is a heroic warrior, son of Kunti by Vayu, but the acknowledged son of Pandu and the second eldest of the Pandava brothers (If Karna, son of Kunti by Surya is considered, then Bhima becomes the third eldest sun of Kunti). ... In Hinduism, Vayu is a primary god, father of Bhima and Hanuman. ... In Hindu mythology, Arjuna is one of the heroes of the epic Mahabharata. ... This article contains information that has not been verified. ... Nakula was the son of King Pandu and Queen Madri. ... Sahadeva is a character in the Mahabharata. ...


Thus the Pandavas of Pandu were born. The Pandavas were the five sons of the king Pandu. ...


Death

After 15 years of celibacy, when Kunti and his sons were away, Pandu got attracted to Madri. Because of the curse, he died and Madri, out of repentance, burnt herself on her husband's funeral pyre. A pyre is a structure, such as a mound of wood, for burning a body as part of a funeral rite. ...


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In the Mahabharata epic, Pandu is the son of Vichitravirya and his second wife, Ambalika from Vyasa.
Pandu conquered the territories of Dasarnas, Kashi, Anga, Vango, Kalinga, Magadha etc. and thus re-established their superiority over all the kings.
Pandu got married to Madri, daughter of the King of Madra, and Kunti, King Kuntibhoja of Vrish's daughter.
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