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Hinduism - Who Are The Kauravas In Hindu Mythology?


The Kauravas are the hundred sons of King Dhrtarashtra in the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics, and the epic's enemies to the Pandava heroes.

As descendants of Kuru, King Shantanu's ancestor, the Kauravas get their name.

The Kaurava boys are born in an unconventional way, as is common in Hindu mythology.

Gandhari, their mother, obtains the sage Vyasa's benediction (ashirvad) that she would have one hundred boys.

Her pregnancy is more than two years long.

She gives birth to a large lump of meat when she becomes impatient and attempts to accelerate the delivery.

Gandhari should split the lump and set each piece in a saucepan of clarified butter, according to Vyasa (ghee).

Each of the 101 pots eventually breaks open, revealing a hundred lovely lads and a solitary girl, Dussala.

The two oldest sons, Duryodhana and Duhshasana, are the most significant of the hundred sons. 


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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - What Is Ashirvad?



Ashirvad literally means “benedictory formula”. Words of benediction, whether official or informal, are referred to by this phrase. 


  • One of the fundamental tenets of Hinduism is that some spiritually strong individuals, particularly ascetics and educated brahmins, have the ability to bestow blessings and curses at whim. 
  • Both blessings and curses are said to occur instantly and without fail, which is why a wise person would always treat ascetics and educated brahmins with the respect they deserve.


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