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A character in the Mahabharata, Shakuni was the brother of Gandhari. He was very fond of his nephew Duryodhana. He won the Pandava's half of the kingdom for his nephew, as a wager in a rigged game of dice. The dice that were used were made with Shakuni's father's thigh bones and would always do his bidding. Some souces say Shakuni had been insulted when his beloved sister has been married to a blind man and swore to destroy the Kaurava clan. He achieved this by poisoning the mind of his volatile nephew, and influenced Duryodhana into instigating the war with the Pandavas, which resulted in the destruction of the Kauravas. Thus, he is seen by many as the ultimate cause of the destructive Kurukshetra War 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. ... Kurukshethra war happend between pandava and Kourava. ...

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The Third Dice Game by Pradip Bhattacharya (2721 words)
Yudhishthir noticed that the dice was like Shakuni’s, equally well made with smooth faces, rounded at the edges, a tiny hole at the centre of each dot.
Shakuni, gone pale, threw the dice for the third time.
Administering a resounding slap on Shakuni’s cheek and snatching away his dice Balaram said, “O assembled people, I shall break open these dice and find out what is inside them.” Saying this, he split open both dice by throwing them on a stone platform.
Shakuni - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (395 words)
The villain Shakuni, an avatar of Dwarpa, the personification of Dvapara Yuga, was the brother of Gandhari in the Mahabharata.
Some sources say Shakuni had been insulted when his beloved sister has been married to the blind Kuru king Dhritarashtra and swore to destroy the Kaurava clan.
Soon however, Shakuni used his skills in the game to good effect, and before Yudhishtir could be persuaded to stop playing, he had already lost all his wealth and kingdom.
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