The Question of True Lineage


The family feud in mahabharta is all about who is the real heir to the throne of hastinapur.

As the kauravas claimed that pandavas were not the sons of pandu but were of celestial birth.

Since pandu was unable to help his wives, kunti and madri concieve due to a curse by rishi kiddam which was if he did so he would immediately die, kunti had to use her boon which was given to her by sage durvassa to summon any god to impregnate her so that she could give birth to a child. She shared this boon with madri and that’s how the pandavs were born.

Yudhisthir – Dharmraj and Kunti

Bheema – Pavan dev and Kunti

Arjuna – Indra dev and Kunti

Nakul & Sahdev – Ashwini Kumars and Madri.

This process of having children was called niyog.

In the ancient hindu society particularly during the time of the mahabharata niyog was a very common practice, women whose husband were dead without any children or incapable of helping her concieve could attain motherhood through the process of niyog .She could appoint any man whether someone from her husbands family or any sage or heavenly being to help her concieve.

that’s how the pandavs were born and this was the biggest question that duryodhan put forward, if the pandavs were not the sons of pandu but only kunti and madri and he even called them kaunteya putra {as after the death of pandu and madri kunti brought up madri’s sons nakul and sahdev as her own and loved all 5 sons equally and that is the reason why duryodhan referred to the pandavs as “kaunteya putra” rather than “pandu putras” or specifically referring nakul and sahdev as “madri putra” because kunti had brought up all of them and he firmly believed they were not his uncles blood but were of celestial birth} and that is the reason why he claimed they had no right to the throne of hastinapur and yudhisthir did not deserve to be the king, but even duryodhan did not belong to the kuru clan and was not the blood of late king shantanu .

After the death of veechetraveerya who died early without any heirs , queen satyavati realized that their clan would perish if they had no further heirs, she approched bheeshma and requested him to give up his oath of celibacy and help the widows of his younger brother to give birth to the future heirs of hastinapur.

Bheeshma refused to do so as he could not break his vow and a disheartened satyavati had to call her son ved vyas from rishi parashar, a child before her marriage to king shantanu.

She requested him to perform niyog on her daughter –in- laws, ambika and ambalika.

He did so thus ambika gave birth to the blind drithrashtra since she was so disgusted looking at the rishi during the process of niyog she shut her eyes and her son was born blind, ambalika gave birth to the weak pandu since she fell sick during the process of niyog and ved vyas also impregnated a maid who gave birth to the scholar vidur.

Techinically even duryodhan did not belong to the kuru lineage as both dhrithrashtra and pandu were biologically sons of ved vyas.

Also due to dhrithrashtras blindness pandu was made the king of hastinapur and when pandu renounced the worldly Life and retired to the woods with his wives, on a self imposed exile ; “vanvaas”, he made dhrithrashtra king in his place thus putting light on the fact that dhrithrashtra was a king looking after the throne for the real heir to the throne , the children of pandu and even though pandavs were of celestial birth they were still regarded as the children of pandu as they too were born from the practice of niyog and in the ancient hindu society the children born from niyog were regarded as the children of the deceased father or the one who was unable to help his wife concieve them.

Thus they had every right to the throne of hastinapur which belonged to their father and was rightfully theirs. [3:32 PM, 11/21/2016] +91 99215 78680: The family feud in mahabharta is all about who is the real heir to the throne of hastinapur.

As the kauravas claimed that pandavas were not the sons of pandu but were of celestial birth.

Since pandu was unable to help his wives, kunti and madri concieve due to a curse by rishi kiddam which was if he did so he would immediately die, kunti had to use her boon which was given to her by sage durvassa to summon any god to impregnate her so that she could give birth to a child. She shared this boon with madri and that’s how the pandavs were born.

Yudhisthir – Dharmraj and Kunti

Bheema – Pavan dev and Kunti

Arjuna – Indra dev and Kunti

Nakul & Sahdev – Ashwini Kumars and Madri.

This process of having children was called niyog.

In the ancient hindu society particularly during the time of the mahabharata niyog was a very common practice, women whose husband were dead without any children or incapable of helping her concieve could attain motherhood through the process of niyog .She could appoint any man whether someone from her husbands family or any sage or heavenly being to help her concieve.

That’s how the pandavs were born and this was the biggest question that duryodhan put forward, if the pandavs were not the sons of pandu but only kunti and madri and he even called them kaunteya putra {as after the death of pandu and madri kunti brought up madri’s sons nakul and sahdev as her own and loved all 5 sons equally and that is the reason why duryodhan referred to the pandavs as “kaunteya putra” rather than “pandu putras” or specifically referring nakul and sahdev as “madri putra” because kunti had brought up all of them and he firmly believed they were not his uncles blood but were of celestial birth} and that is the reason why he claimed they had no right to the throne of hastinapur and yudhisthir did not deserve to be the king, but even duryodhan did not belong to the kuru clan and was not the blood of late king shantanu .

After the death of veechetraveerya who died early without any heirs , queen satyavati realized that their clan would perish if they had no further heirs, she approched bheeshma and requested him to give up his oath of celibacy and help the widows of his younger brother to give birth to the future heirs of hastinapur.

Bheeshma refused to do so as he could not break his vow and a disheartened satyavati had to call her son ved vyas from rishi parashar, a child before her marriage to king shantanu.

She requested him to perform niyog on her daughter –in- laws, ambika and ambalika.

He did so thus ambika gave birth to the blind drithrashtra since she was so disgusted looking at the rishi during the process of niyog she shut her eyes and her son was born blind, ambalika gave birth to the weak pandu since she fell sick during the process of niyog and ved vyas also impregnated a maid who gave birth to the scholar vidur.

Techinically even duryodhan did not belong to the kuru lineage as both dhrithrashtra and pandu were biologically sons of ved vyas.

Also due to dhrithrashtras blindness pandu was made the king of hastinapur and when pandu renounced the worldly Life and retired to the woods with his wives, on a self imposed exile ; “vanvaas”, he made dhrithrashtra king in his place thus putting light on the fact that dhrithrashtra was a king looking after the throne for the real heir to the throne , the children of pandu and even though pandavs were of celestial birth they were still regarded as the children of pandu as they too were born from the practice of niyog and in the ancient hindu society the children born from niyog were regarded as the children of the deceased father or the one who was unable to help his wife concieve them.

Thus they had every right to the throne of hastinapur which belonged to their father and was rightfully theirs.

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