Thanks for filling me in. One nitpick that I do - unlike Vyasa, I don't refer to any of the Pandavas as Kurus, even though technically they were from that dynasty. Particularly after the war, b'cos if the Pandavas were Kurus, they would have waited for Dhritarashtra's death b4 taking over. However, since all the Kuru elders had fought and died in the war, particularly Bheeshma, Dhritarashtra didn't have any moral rights left to remain on the throne, and abdicated, and the Pandavas took over. I therefore refer to all of them as Pandavas, never as Kurus or Kauravas.
Yeah, logically, by the time Arjun returned, Draupadi should have given birth to Satsoma and been ready for him. But didn't happen that way - see the cited reference below about the birth of Abhimanyu and Draupadi's sons.
I overlooked your part about Jalandhara earlier. Now that you mention it, I recall having read about her in a book 'Who's who in Mahabharat' by one Subhas Majumdar. As you mention, she was Bhanumati's sister, and she did have a special respect for Bhima, and whenever he visited, she'd tend to him and address him as 'Shri Vrikodhara'. But she never actually married
him, as per this account, so they didn't have any children. If her marriage to Bhima was shown in any serial, I'd certainly be interested in whether they sourced it, or made it up - unfortunately not unthinkable for TV producers
Your understanding of the second generation hierarchy is correct, except for Abhimanyu & Prativindya. In Haranaharana
, it's clearly mentioned
Then Subhadra, the favourite sister of Kesava,
gave birth to an illustrious son, like Puloma's daughter, (the queen of
heaven) bringing forth Jayanta. And the son that Subhadra brought forth
was of long arms, broad chest, and eyes as large as those of a bull.
That hero and oppressor of foes came to be called Abhimanyu. And the son
of Arjuna, that grinder of foes and bull among men, was called
Abhimanyu because he was fearless and wrathful. And that great warrior
was begotten upon the daughter of the Satwata race by Dhananjaya, like
fire produced in a sacrifice from within the sami wood by the
process of rubbing. Upon the birth of this child, Yudhishthira, the
powerful son of Kunti, gave away unto Brahmanas ten thousand cows and
coins of gold. The child from his earliest years became the favourite of
Vasudeva and of his father and uncles, like the moon of all the people
of the world. Upon his birth, Krishna performed the usual rites of
infancy. The child began to grow up like the Moon of the bright
fortnight. That grinder of foes soon became conversant with the Vedas and acquired from his father the science of weapon both celestial and human, consisting of four branches and ten divisions.
"Endued with great strength, the child also acquired the knowledge of
counteracting the weapons hurled at him by others, and great lightness
of hand and fleetness of motion forward and backward and transverse and
wheeling. Abhimanyu became like unto his father in knowledge of the
scriptures and rites of religion. And Dhananjaya, beholding his son,
became filled with joy. Like Maghavat beholding Arjuna, the latter
beheld his son Abhimanyu and became exceedingly happy. Abhimanyu
possessed the power of slaying every foe and bore on his person every
auspicious mark. He was invisible in battle and broad-shouldered as the
bull. Possessing a broad face as (the hood of) the snake, he was proud
like the lion. Wielding a large bow, his prowess was like that of an elephant in rut. Possessed
of a face handsome as the full-moon, and of a voice deep as the sound
of the drum or the clouds, he was equal unto Krishna in bravery and
energy, in beauty and in features. The auspicious Panchali also, from
her five husbands, obtained five sons all of whom were heroes of the
foremost rank and immovable in battle like the hills. Prativindhya by
Yudhishthira, Sutasoma by Vrikodara, Srutakarman by Arjuna, Satanika by
Nakula, and Srutasena by Sahadeva,--these were the five heroes and great
warriors that Panchali brought forth, like Aditi bringing forth the
Adityas. And the Brahmanas, from their foreknowledge, said unto
Yudhishthira that as the son of his would be capable of bearing like the
Vindhya mountains the weapons of the foe, he should be called Prativindhya. And because the child that Draupadi bore to Bhimasena was born after Bhima had performed a thousand Soma sacrifices, he came to be called Sutasoma.
And because Arjuna's son was born upon his return from exile during
which he had achieved many celebrated feats, that child came to be
called Srutakarman. While Nakula named his son Satanika
after a royal sage of that name, in the illustrious race of Kuru. Again
the son that Draupadi bore to Sahadeva was born under the constellation
called Vahni-daivata (Krittika), therefore was he called after the
generalissimo of the celestial host, Srutasena (Kartikeya). The
sons of Draupadi were born, each at the interval of one year, and all of
them became renowned and much attached to one another. And, O monarch,
all their rites of infancy and childhood, such as Chudakarana and Upanayana
(first shave of the head and investiture with the sacred threads) were
performed by Dhaumya according to the ordinance. All of them, of
excellent behavior and vows, after having studied the Vedas,
acquired from Arjuna a knowledge of all the weapons, celestial and
human. And, O tiger among kings, the Pandavas, having obtained sons all
of whom were equal unto the children of the celestials and endued with
broad chests, and all of whom became great warriors, were filled with
I'll read up more on Vijaya and Suhotra later - don't have that book w/ me @ the moment.
On your conjecture about Kunti not welcoming the other bahus aside from Panchali & Subhadra, that's b'cos they were the only ones brought to her: Arjun didn't bring Uloopi & Chitrangada w/ him to Indraprastha. When Nakula married Karenamati, she obviously lived in Indraprastha, b'cos when the Pandavas were in exile & Krishna, Dhrishtadyumna and others visited them, at the end, it's mentioned that Dhrishtaketu, taking his sister w/ him, left for Chedi
And consoling Yudhishthira, Krishna set out for Dwaraka on his car resplendent as the sun and unto which were yoked the horses Saivya and Sugriva.
And after he of the Dasharha race had departed, Dhristadyumna, the son
of Prishata, also set out for his own city, taking with him the sons of
Draupadi. And the king of Chedi, Dhrishtaketu also, taking his sister
with him set out for his beautiful city of Suktimati, after bidding
farewell to the Pandavas. And, O Bharata, the Kaikeyas also, with the
permission of Kunti's son possessed of immeasurable energy, having
reverentially saluted all the Pandavas, went away.
Ignore the inaccuracies about Drishtadyumna being the son of Prishatha - he was his grandson.
So all the wives of the Pandavas, except Hidimba, were recognized as Pandavas, and so were their sons. Even Ghatotkacha was recognized by Draupadi as a son, even though he didn't have rights to live in Indraprastha. Iravana was introduced to the Pandavas @ the start of the war - Arjun never saw him b4.None
of the Pandava sons survived the war (Babruvahana not considered here). If you recall, when Ashwatthama sent his Brahmashira, he aimed it @ the seed of the Pandavas. If the Pandavas had any sons left, he'd have aimed it @ them. I dunno why the weapon didn't go towards Babruvahana - maybe b'cos technically, he was not a Pandava? But at any rate, had any of the Pandava sons still been alive, that weapon would have killed them. Chances are likely that those other sons either died in battle, or were killed by Ashwatthama on the 18th night. I too wish the circumstances under which they fought & died were given.
Note, also, that the above hierarchy is based on Pandu. If it was based on Yudhisthir, Prativindya would have been first in line to the throne, and Yaudheya next.
Edited by _Vrish_ - 18 September 2011 at 11:22pm