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Unveiling the epic saga of Mahabharata (महाभारत) 1988-1990: Episodes 6 to 10

We present you the epic tale in the form of episodes in a nutshell which will give you a thorough knowledge about Mahabharata.

Mahabharata, BR Chopra Unveiling the epic saga of Mahabharata (महाभारत) 1988-1990: Episodes 6 to 10 Source : Press

King Bharat sows the seeds of democratic thinking, his successor King Shantanu takes the risk as he marries Ganga. As he promises Ganga never to question her in whatever she does, Ganga sacrifices her seven sons. Shantanu protests her at the eighth time and the son later returns as Prince Devavrat. Devavrat is crowned as the king but to enable his father's marriage to a village girl, he renounces his rights and vows to remain unmarried throughout his life. He is later renamed as Bhishma. Later Shantanu's son Vichitravirya ascends the throne and marries Ambika and Ambalika. Now here what happens next.

Episode 6: Threatened with extinction, Queen mother Satyavati, calls on Ambalika and Ambika to marry Vyasa. Ambalika gives birth the Dhritarashtra who is born blind. Ambika gives birth to Pandu who is born anemic and weak. Bhishma is forced to look after this generation too. 

Episode 7: Dhritarashtra and Pandu are married to Gandhari and Kunti. As Dhritarashtra was blind, Gandhari binds up her eyes with a piece of silk, refusing to see the world. Kunti was the daughter of the King of Yadavas and thus the sister of Vasudeva, father of Lord Krishna. 

Episode 8: Pandu establishes the supremacy of the Kuru House. During his campaigns, he takes another wife, Madri. After the campaigns, Pandu goes to the forest for relaxation with his two queens Kunti and Madri. 

Episode 9: While hunting, Pandu accidentally kills a Sage. To do penance Pandu decides to spend his life in exile and entrusts his Kingdom to Dhritarashtra. In time five children - Yudhishtra, Bheem, Arjun, Nakul, and Sahadeva, are born to Kunti and Madri. Dhritarashtra had a hundred sons from Gandhari, the eldest being Duryodhana. 

Episode 10: In Mathura, King Kans dethrones his father and takes over the Kingdom. He arranges his sister Devaki's marriage with his influential friend Vasudev. But when a Sage predicts that her eighth son will be responsible for Kans' death, he imprisons Devki and Vasudev. 

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