I could go on. king of Gandhara) and Subalraja (Sanskrit): सुबलराज, lit. Now one day, king Subal organised a Yagya, a ritual in front of sacrificial fire and had invited many sages and seers. [25][26], Last edited on 11 December 2020, at 15:44, "The Mahabharata, Book 1: Adi Parva: Sambhava Parva: Section CX", "Why Gandhari's father got her first marriage with a goat! To go to war to reclaim his birthright would mean fighting and killing his own relatives, an idea that appalled Yudhisthira. Gandhari covered her eyes on her will to share her blindness. *Show me some support* . "King of the Kingdom of Subala" was the prince of the Gandhara Kingdom, later to become the King after his father's death. (God knows whether he did right, or it was the biggest mistake Dhritarashtra ever committed). [17], Shakuni was an expert of Dice Game and he had dices made out of his father's bones which he could control on his will. The things he did out of his love for Gandhari were a clear manifestation of blind rage. But Duryodhana died before Ashwatthama returned. Really interesting…was unknown to me…I wish you gonna be the next Amish bringing our mythology and history and that too unknown stories to the fore. Sahadeva shot 1000 arrows and later he cut off Shakuni’s head with his intense sword skills. It is said that his father hit him hard on his leg which turned Shakuni lame. I hope you all readers will like my writing and appreciate it. But the reason was a good one for me as I was working on my debut novel which is a romantic fiction and is out now on Amazon for you all – The Monsoon Marigolds So read it and let me know how do you find it! Though he had committed many wrong deeds, I just wanted to know where he went to. Duryodhana (Sanskrit: दुर्योधन, literally means Dur= Extremely hard, Yodhana= Yudh/action; the one with whom the fight is extremely hard,) also known as Suyodhana, is a major antagonist in the Hindu epic Mahabharata and was the eldest of the Kauravas, the hundred sons … He ties the thread on an ants body and place the ant at one end of the rod near the tiny hole and a grain of food on the other end. How? But in Heaven, he was seen enjoying all luxuries, which pained Yudhishtira. The beautiful Gandhari who was known for her beauty and specifically for her beautiful eyes, blindfolds herself for whole life, just to engulf herself in the darkness that her husband had always been engulfed in, and to see and live the life the way he did. The Mahabharata: A Synopsis of the Great Epic of India, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Shakuni&oldid=993619283, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. They decided to go to the forest of Dvaitavana, which was in the Kamyaka forest, on the plea of inspecting the cows. The punishment, although, was yet to be given to the family of Subal. Shakuni made terrible choices because he felt his sister was insulted. All failed, except the youngest and brightest son of Subal, prince Shakuni. Here it is said that Shakuni indeed has said to stake Draupadi, but there is no mention that Draupadi has been actually staked. The plan worked well. [See also Srîmad Bhâgavatam, Canto 1 ... and he remembered Shakuni, Dushashana, Duryodhana and Karna. A far-sighted man, his plan was much bigger than causing plight to the Pandavas; he wanted a full-scale civil war between the branches of Kuru clan, which would destroy the whole clan, fulfilling his revenge. Sahadeva was then able to smash an axe into Shakuni's forehead, fulfilling his oath. ... Will shakuni’s sinister plan to kill the pandavas succeed ? ( Log Out /  [4][5], In whatever the case, Shakuni swears to avenge this by slowly destroying Hastinapur. Shakuni not only had 100 nephews but he was the 100 th son of King Subala so was also given the name Saubala. And that is how the infamous Duryodhana paid for the sins he committed throughout his life. He had a sister named Gandhari, who was dear to Shakuni. The story begins in Gandhar, modern day Qandahar in Afghanistan, ruled by king Subal, father of Shakuni and Gandhari(named after Gandhar). From travelogues to movie reviews, recent news to philosophical or spiritual writing I love writing on all these subjects. There is heaven and Hell difference between something said and something actually done. 5. She couldn’t convince her son or her brother. So the problem was solved and everything was alright now, at least that is what the family of Gandhari had thought. Also, what about the Pandavas? Shakuni and Duryodhana with the dice. I’m glad you like my posts. And similarly, years later, Dhritarashtra too had 100 sons – amongst which Duryodhana was the eldest one – and a daughter, Dushala. Shakuni influenced his eldest nephew, Duryodhana from his childhood and plotted against the Pandavas multiple times. And in the end, we all know what happened, not a single son of Dhritarashtra was spared by Pandavas. Skip to main content. bird) also known as Saubala (Sanskrit: सौबल, lit. [23] On 14th day, he fought with Nakula to save Jayadratha but got defeated. Subal himself, his eldest son, or some other son? Sanctified by death caused by weapons, those high-souled beings of prosperity all succeeded in attaining to Heaven. Heaven or hell? When the period of exile was over, Duryodhana and Shakuni refused to return Yudhisthira’s kingdom. There, arrived an astrologist who told Subal that his beloved daughter Gandhari has some bad luck in her fortune chart owing to which, her first husband won’t survive. Thank You! Shakuni, the youngest prince had proved his mettle and he was chosen, not only by king Subal but probably by the destiny as well, to bring drastic turns in the History of Hastinapur and our country. Shakuni (Sanskrit: शकुनि, lit. Again, if you see Mahabharata, you can see how Shakuni’s dices always obeyed him like loyal slaves. He gave a boon to Gandhari that she would be blessed with 100 sons equal in might to her lord and accomplishments. Helplessness and powerlessness of gandhari was much evident in Mahabharata. Sahadeva fought Shakuni and Uluka and, not long afterwards, killed Uluka. Yudhishthira is the first among the five Pandavas.In the epic, he becomes the emperor of Indraprastha and later of Hastinapura (Kuru). Arjuna had no peace. Sahadeva knew this and gave an offer to Shakuni to withdraw from the war, Shakuni did not answer and challenged Sahadeva. In fact, it is said that whatever Duryodhana did, was the outcome of having excessive faith in his uncle Shakuni. Sanctified by death caused by weapons, those high-souled beings of prosperity all succeeded in attaining to Heaven. Lord Krishna had played a vital role in shaping the fortunes of Pandavas. Only shakuni with his clever mind would pass the test. I’m pleased to know that you liked it Nicola. Sahadeva shot 1000 arrows and later he cut off Shakuni’s head with his intense sword skills. He was the king of the mighty, invincible Hastinapur. That is an interesting and forgotten tale I am gonna recite today. The boons given by rishi’s of divine merit never fail to come to fruition. Shakuni had 2 sons – Uluka and Vrikasura. [24], On the 18th day of the Mahabharata war, Pandavas attacked Shakuni, Uluka and their army. They began to roam through delightful woods, … Hope you’d like my other past blogs or upcoming ones as well. And Shakuni did the same with Dhritarashtra – he made sure that not a single son of Dhritarashtra would survive, and that too by being their most beloved Mama(maternal uncle). Shakuni married Arshi and had three sons named Uluka, Vrikaasur and Vriprachitti. You did not protest that it was a perfidious way to quench your envy of the sons of Pandu: to humiliate them, to destroy them if you could. On the 10th day of war, he stopped Shikhandi from reaching Bhishma. They decided to go to the forest of Dvaitavana, which was in the Kamyaka forest Shakuni was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. Shakuni's main enmity was with Bhishma, who had brought the proposal of his beloved sister, Gandhari, which Shakuni thought was an insult of Gandhara. i know for today's topic all will feel where did this come from but if just for people who were in a position to save draupadi and still they Because on his deathbed, Subal asked Shakuni to avenge the death of his clan by Dhritarashtra. Tell me in the comments what you think about this tale of Shakuni which is told in the folk stories and also tell me if you want me to write about or on any specific character or story of our mythology. Why did Kauravas go to heaven? On the 2nd day, he got defeated by Sahadeva in an Sword Duel and by Satyaki in Archery. The same dices that resulted in Draupadi’s disrobing and Pandava’s exile. But little do we know that Shakuni, like many Mahabharata characters, had his own gloomy and disturbing past which tells that he wasn’t bad at all and we all would have done the very same thing he did to end the Kaurava clan. So let’s begin! Shakuni obtained absorption into Dwapara, and Dhrishtadyumna into the deity of fire. (Just to let those of you know who are not very much familiar with these practises, in India, these type of marriages are done to avoid the Mangal dosh of girls who are Mangalik. ( Log Out /  Although for me, he was never a hero, but it is said that after his death, he attained heaven, because he was always goal-oriented, and whatever he did was for his family and his very beloved sister Gandhari, who HAD to marry Dhritarashtra. And once again, don’t forget to buy my book from Amazon, “The Monsoon Marigolds”! His sister, Gandhari had some problem in her astrological chart according to that her second husband only will survive. Was Shakuni Mama’s character in Mahabharat a negative character? February 23, 2020. I am shekhar srivastava and I am a writer. In that way, her second husband, who of course will be a man, will survive and she’ll have a happy married life. But who will it be? He was the mastermind in corrupting the relation between sons of Gandhari and Kunti which led to the great war. After much attacks and tackles, both of them descended their chariots to settle things in a duel. Shishupala’s 100 sins. So he did the same and married his daughter off to a goat and sacrificed it. 3. Later in the epic, Shakuni planned the game of dice, which was one of the turning points. On the 7th day, he got defeated by Bhima in Gada-Yuddha and by Drupada in Archery. On the 12th day, he slew king Sahadeva of Magadha. Shakuni then told Duryodhana and Karna what benedictions Arjuna had received, and together they made a wicked plan. Rules were set and later using his skills and controlled dices, Duryodhana won Yudhishthira's Kingdom, his brothers- Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, Sahadeva and even Yudhishthira himself. This is called Kumbh(earthen) Vivah(pot). He was the one who tried to burn the Pandavas alive; but he was good. I always try to bring such unknown or least explored facts from mythology. Arjuna had no peace. I have often wondered why Shakuni was like that. The famed rishi (sage), Dwaipayana, of dark complexion and incomparable merit, once happened to stop by at Hastinapur. He was the cleverest of all his brothers and therefore was chosen to survive when all the family was starved to death. [See also Srîmad Bhâgavatam, Canto 1 ... and he remembered Shakuni, Dushashana, Duryodhana and Karna. He tells Duryodhana that he will go to heaven as his death was caused by committing adharma. He achieves this by poisoning the mind of his volatile nephew Duryodhana into instigating the war with the Pandavas, which destroyed the Kuru line. He is sometimes considered to be the main antagonist of the Mahabharata. Shakuni's anger grew when Dhritarashtra was first denied to inherit the throne of Hastinapura. Now Shakuni did what he was left with, he vowed loyalty to the kingdom of Hastinapur. When yudhistra landed in heaven, he walked into indra assembly he saw there duryodhana, dushayashan and shakuni were sitting there but he did not find panchali and his pandav brothers (as they were sent to hell). Although he often failed in his tricks against the Pandavas, he never lost faith in his ability to destroy the lineage of Kuru. Everything was good; until Dhritarashtra got to know the fact of Gandhari’s first marriage. Yudhishthira asks if his friend, the dog, can jump into the car first. Some versions of the story describe Shakuni using the bones of his dead parents/family members to create dice that will never lose him a game, as Shakuni's father's soul enters the dice to make it roll to whatever number Shakuni wanted. Being a person of such a sharp brain, it is hard to believe that he never recognised Pandavas strength. Indra tells Yudhishthira, all of them after their death, entered heaven. Check out Shakuni Audience Review. When he got his turn, he tied one end of the thread with a grain and another end with an ant, who walked through the bone and took the thread to the other side. Indra replies that the dog cannot enter his chariot, only Yudhishthira can. Shakuni was the son of Subala of Gandhara. He was Shakuni, the maternal uncle of Kauravas – Duryodhana and his 99 brothers; and YES, he WAS good! really interesting story , but if you could cite a source for the story, it would be more concrete than just a myth. Thus, he is seen by many as one of the key persons that caused the Kurukshetra War. He is sometimes considered to be the main antagonist of the Mahabharata. [2][3], In the Mahabharata, Shakuni's hatred towards Hastinapura developed when Bhishma approached King Subala with a marriage proposal for Shakuni's sister Gandhari's, to the blind Kaurava prince Dhritarashtra. Thanks for appreciating the article Actually the reason source wasn’t cited was that these are folklores from various books and sources. According to some folk versions, he was also angry at Dhritarashtra for imprisoning and killing his 100 Brothers. Indra tells Yudhishthira, all of them after their death, entered heaven. Later, he won Draupadi too. In case you have seen Mahabharata serials on TV, you must have realised that Shakuni is always seen walking with a limp. I have heard that Karna went to his father's adobe, Suryaloka. Shakuni – The gambler, whose wishes were obeyed by the dice was the brother of Gandhari. It is indeed inevitable that Shakuni in his life committed heinous crimes – trying to burn the Pandavas alive, planning and encouraging the disrobing of a woman, killing of Abhimanyu, and many others, but was he bad in doing so? All because of his evil plots the Kuru dynasty was demolished, completely. According to a Jain tradition, that contradicts the Mahabharata, while Shakuni was still a young boy, Gandhara was invaded by a, Before the war, he advised Duryodhana to feed Shalya's army and put, This page was last edited on 11 December 2020, at 15:44. In a turn of events, Gandhari later gets married to Dhritarashtra, the prince of Kuru clan of Lunar dynasty (Chandravansh), who was blind. Indeed. He was the king of the Gandhara kingdom. Hope you understand. But before that, I apologise to you all for having kept you waiting for so long before coming with this tale. A little while ago, one by one Draupadi and his four brothers had fallen on their way to heaven and it was only the dog that had stayed on with him. Shiva said, "Now go to heaven and receive Indra's weapons." Shakuni was born in Gandhara to its king, Subala. In case they get married to an earthen pot, the pot is supposed to be broken, taking away with it the bad luck that could creep in in the life of a future husband of a girl. Clever and shrewd, Shakuni's hatred developed when his sister was married to blind Dhritarashtra. He was responsible to put an end to the lineage of Kauravas, but he was good. My debut novel The Monsoon Marigolds is out now on Amazon! "King of the Kingdom of Subala" was the prince of the Gandhara … I already mentioned that he very well knew the powers of pandavas. Did they go to Krishna's abode or Heaven? Being a dutiful wife, she voluntarily blindfolded herself which meant she had to live every second of her life in absolute terror because of the darkness due to blindfold. Subal realised that the end of his family was impending. A version, originating from Jain texts, is very popular but this is never mentioned in the Mahabharata. Shakuni happened to be listening to the conversation between the brahmana and the King. He then departed with Uma and his many followers. View all posts by Shekhar Srivastava. The sons of Dhritarashtra were all Rakshasas of fierce might. We all are more than aware that the great Mahabharata is chiefly about the war between the Kauravas and Pandavas which ended with the end of the Kaurava clan. It is up to us to decide. He feared nobody, except Krishna, whom he considered as an obstacle since he knew that only Krishna had the power and influence to foil his plan. I definitely try my best to explore the unknown . He mainly worked by inciting hatred between the Kauravas and Pandavas; his plans culminated in the largest war in history. This infuriated Shakuni to destroy Hastinapur so he materialized Kauravas against Pandavas and developed enmity. Krishna was a shrewd diplomat and statesman, the only person who matched Shakuni's cunning and intelligence. On the 5th day of war, he got defeated by Arjuna in Archery battle and by Dhrishtadyumna in Sword Duel. Gandhari looked after his comforts and requirements, at which Dwaipayana was impressed and offered her a boon. That was the reason he got double sure that fuelling Duryodhan will cause complete annihilation to kuru clan. Ghoshayatra: Duryodhana goes to tease the Pandavas. 5 Lesser Known Facts About Lord Ram Many Of Us Don’t Know. He also defeated Shikhandi in a battle of Axe-Fighting on the same day. His sister Gandhari, was a Lord Krishna devotee who was against her son’s army in the Kurukshetra war. . He planned the disrobing of Draupadi; but he was good. [19] Dussasana on Duryodhana's orders tried to disrobe Draupadi but Krishna saved her. Not only this, but there is also a temple dedicated to him in Pavithreswaram in Kollam district of Kerala, India. Time and again, he expresses the anger he felt for the injustice that Gandhari had to go through by leading her entire life with a blindfold. Shakuni hated the idea of Gandhari's marriage with the blind prince of Hastinapura. Yudhisthira made numerous diplomatic efforts to retrieve his kingdom peacefully but failed. The dices which made Yudhishthira, a servant in the game of dice called Chausar. Yudhisthira made numerous diplomatic efforts to retrieve his kingdom peacefully but failed. After the Game of Dice episode in the Mahabharata, the youngest of the Pandava brothers Sahadeva had taken an oath to avenge Draupadi's insult and had sworn to kill Shakuni, the mastermind of the episode. to see his nephew red-eyed, pale, as if. 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