Posted: 16 April 2011 at 9:21pm | IP Logged
Hey Guys I have few queries regarding Mahabharat.
1. First one is regarding Shakuni. Shakuni was born to King Subala of Gandhara
. His sister Gandhari
was married to king Dhritarashtra
As per legend, on the advice of astrologers, to avert a calamity it was
said that Gandhari was married to a goat before getting married to
Dhritarashtra. And the goat had been sacrificed promptly thereafter.
Technically, this made Gandhari a widow and Dhritarashtra her second
husband. Many years later when her husband Dhritarashtra
learns about this truth, shocked and enraged, Dhritrashtra
puts Gandhari's entire family,including king Subala in prison. In
prison, they were served just one fistful of rice every day. Realizing
that this was an elaborate plan to starve them to death, Gandhari's
father declared that none but his youngest son would eat the sparse food
being served, so that at least one amongst them would survive to avenge
the death of the rest. The youngest son of king Subala was Shakuni. He
survived and swore not to rest until all of Kuru kingdom is destroyed .
He used the bones of his father to make the dice with which he was able
to defeat the Pandavas in the gambling match, and thus which eventually
led to the war at Kurukshetra and also to the destruction of entire Kuru
clan.His father twisted his one leg to give him a permanent limp as a
constant reminder of revenge (source Wikipedia). Is this story true?
2. In BR Chopra's Mahabharat it was shown Ghatotkach enters the battle on the 14th day while many argue that he was present from day one. However among the rules of war laid down, it was clearly mentioned that the war would be fought among humans. Under no circumstance should humans attack non-human beings or use/direct/order non-human beings to attack humans. Obviously Ghatotkach can not be classified as a human being. Can he? Then that means the law was violated from day one itself?
3. Normally we believe that the code of war was first broken by Pandavas during Bhishma-Vadh. But I recently fathomed that Bhishma himself was the first one to break the law. On the 10th day when he was unable to attack Arjuna due to Shikhandi's presence, Bhishma directed his arrows at the ordinary foot soldiers and blew them up with his deadly astras. It was a rule that only equals shall fight. Maharathis should fight with Maharathis and ordinary infantry should fight with ordinary infantry. This thing was clearly shown in BRC Mahabharat, but it clicked me only when I was reading The Palace of Illusions. How far do you agree with me?
Edited by Darklord_Rehan - 17 April 2011 at 8:46pm