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1 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Satyavati charged Bhishma with the task of finding suitable wives for the young men. Bhishma learned that a woman named Gandhari, ‘of the lovely hips’, had received a boon from a deity that gave her the ability to have 100 sons! The marriage was arranged and upon hearing that her husband-to-be was blind, Gandhari covered her own eyes with a thick cloth and vowed to remain in darkness for the rest of her life. It may be argued that Gandhari could have been more useful as Dhritarashtra’s eyes, but the girl was of a determined character and in her wish to show complete respect for her husband, she chose to not surpass him in any way. Gandhari developed a powerful inner sight and became the moral compass in her contentious family, holding fast to her vow and insisting on the need for goodness and integrity. Later on in the epic during the war she goes against her own headstrong son and when he daily seeks her blessing, tells him repeatedly that only righteousness will win the war."Source: http://www.inannareturns.com/gita/story2.htm"
2 Enakshi Ganguly = ""In the epic, she was an incarnation of Mati, the Goddess of Intelligence, as the daughter ofSubala, the king of Gandhara, or the modern Kandahar (a region spanning northwestern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan) from which her name is derived...Gandhari was an ardent worshipper of Lord Shiva and a student of Durvasa and various versions of the Mahabharatha state that she was blessed by the lord himself to have 100 children. Gandhari's sacrifice of her eyesight and her austere life granted her great spiritual power, allowing her to grant powers and make curses."Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhari_%28character%29"
3 Enakshi Ganguly = ""... also known as Saubala, was the prince of Gandhara Kingdom in present-day Gandhara, later to become the King after his fathers death and one of the main villains in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. He was the brother of Gandhari and hence Duryodhana's maternal uncle. He is believed to be an extremely intelligent but devious man. Shakuni is often credited as the mastermind behind the Mahabharata war. Shakuni had two sons named Ulukaand Vrikaasur."Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakuni"
4 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Throughout his reign as King of Hastinapur, Dhritarashtra was torn between the principles of dharma and his love for his son Duryodhana, and often ended up endorsing his son's actions merely out of fatherly love. Thus Dhritarashtra essentially presided over the fall of Hastinapur's kingdom."Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhritarashtra"
5 Enakshi Ganguly = "This is where the rivalry begins. The two sides, the Kauravas ("The wider meaning, is used to represent all the descendants of Kuru. This meaning, which includes the Pandava brothers, is often used in the earlier parts of popular renditions of the Mahābhārata") and the *Pandavas, begin their fight over Bharat (the Northwestern region of India).* Pandavas are still considered Kauravas, but Pandu found his own line because of this split."
6 Enakshi Ganguly = "Gandhari displayed much jealousy towards Kunti when she learned that Kunti had already given birth to sons."
7 Enakshi Ganguly = ""The marriage of Pandu, the pale one, to the ‘matchless beauty’ Kunti (Khoon-ti) gets into the heart of the Mahabharata. Not only is Kunti the aunt of Lord Krishna, whose father is her brother, but this valiant lady has very special powers of her own. The Indian scholar Krishna Chaitanya/KK Nair says that Kunti exemplifies the Kshatriya spirit with its ‘pride and confidence as well as its sense of obligation’ even more than her sons. India has a long and wonderful tradition of strong, courageous, and self-sacrificing women."Source: http://www.inannareturns.com/gita/story2.htm"
8 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Kunti chose Pandu at her Svyamvara. He was a handsome man. As was the custom of that time, Bhishma found Pandu a second wife and her name was Madri. The text says that Pandu gave ‘himself up to enjoyments with his two wives, Kunti and Madri, at will and at pleasure’ (M.N. Dutt). After that enjoyment, he was inspired to leave his capital Hastinapur to conquer the world."Source: http://www.inannareturns.com/gita/story2.htm"
9 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Swayam in Sanskrit means self and vara means bride-groom in this context."In ancient India, a girl could choose her husband amongst a group of willing bachelors.Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swayamvara"