In the Mahabharata, Kunti is the mother of the Pandavas. In her girlhood, she was so devoted to sage Durvasas, that he gave her a boon by which she could have a child by any god she wished to evoke. To experiment the boon, Kunti called upon Surya and by him she had a son named Karna. Subsequently she married King Pandu of Hastinapur. Using the boon she was gifted three sons, Yudishtira from Yama, Bhima from Vayu, and Arjuna from Indra. Later the boon was favored to Madri, Pandu's second wife, who got the twin sons Nakula and Sahadeva from the twin gods, the Asvins. The five sons were together called the Pandavas. After the end of the great Kurukshetra war Kunti along with Dhritarashtra and Gandhari went to the forest to meditate where they perished in forest fire.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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