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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - Who Is Amba?

Amba is the older sister of Ambika and Ambalika in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. 

  • Bhishma kidnaps her and her sisters and forces them to marry his stepbrother Vichitravirya. Ambika and Ambalika marry Vichitravirya joyfully, but when Amba confesses to Bhishma that she has already committed her heart to King Salva, he allows her to go to him. 
  • When Amba returns to Salva, he rejects her since her virginity is questioned because she was kidnapped by another guy. 
  • Amba comes to Bhishma and asks that he marry her since he is the one who put her in this situation. 
  • Bhishma rejects because he has promised his father, King Shantanu, that he would never marry in order to prevent his stepbrothers from having any competitors for the kingdom. 
  • Amba is left without a source of support as a result of his rejection, and she swears to exact vengeance. She is later reborn as Shikhandi, a man-woman who Arjuna hides behind to shoot the arrows that kill Bhishma.

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