No info on Adhirath - whether he served the Kurus themselves, or some other ruler
Originally posted by Vibhishna
I read some stories that Kunti chose Pandu as her husband in a
Swayamvara. It is possible as she was praised as a lady of good virtues
and had served Sage Durvasa and was blessed by him. So. Kunti Bhoja
could have held a Swyamvar for his foster daughter. It was also said
that Pandu left for war on his wedding night itself and was very
victorious in his conquests. On the way back home (Hastinapur, I think),
Pandu married Madri, Shalya's sister. He was apprehensive of what Kunti
might say and tried to introduce her in a diplomatic way.I don't know
where this information comes from and I don't understand why he was
apprehensive. The royal women were used to the men marrying more than one woman. Some stories say that Kunti was upset in the beginning
but she and Madri got along really well later on.
I recall reading one account that that Bheeshma, who knew all along about Kunti giving birth to Karna, didn't want her to be the sole queen of Hastinapur, and therefore wanted Pandu to marry Madri, and therefore had him forge a matrimonial alliance w/ Shalya. (Not that that was any use to the Pandavas).
Somehow, I don't agree that Kuntibhoj was cowardly for asking his daughter to serve Rishi Durvasa. It was not inappropriate for rulers to ask their sons or daughters to serve someone on their behalf.