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When Kauravas and Pandavas reunite after the war of Mahabharat

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In Mahabharat, the blind King Dhritarashtra and his wife Gandhari had 1 daughter named Dushala and 100 sons who were all killed in the epic battle.  They were:

Duryodhanan Chithran Chithrakundalan Sadaasuvaak Bheemavikran
Dussaasanan Upachithran Bheemavegan Ugrasravas Dhanurdharan
Dussahan Chithraakshan Bheemabelan Ugrasenan Veerabaahu
Dussalan Chaaruchithran Vaalaky Senaany Alolupan
Jalagandhan Saraasanan Belavardhanan Dushparaajan Abhayan
Saman Durmadan Ugraayudhan Aparaajithan Dhridhakarmaavu
Sahan Durvigaahan Sushenan Kundhasaai Dhridharathaasrayan
Vindhan Vivilsu Kundhaadharan Visaalaakshan Anaadhrushyan
Anuvindhan Vikatinandan Mahodaran Duraadharan Kundhabhedy
Durdharshan Oornanaabhan Chithraayudhan Dridhahasthan Viraavy
Subaahu Sunaabhan Nishamgy Suhasthan Pramadhan
Dushpradharshan Nandan Paasy Vaathavegan Amapramaadhy
Durmarshanan Upanandan Vrindaarakan Suvarchan Deerkharoman
Durmukhan Chithrabaanan Dridhavarman Aadithyakethu Suveeryavaan
Dushkarnan Chithravarman Dridhakshathran Bahwaasy Dheerkhabaahu
Karnan Suvarman Somakeerthy Naagadathan Sujaathan
Vikarnan Durvimochan Anthudaran Ugrasaai Kaanchanadhwajan
Salan Ayobaahu Dridhasandhan Kavachy Kundhaasy
Sathwan Mahabaahu Jaraasandhan Kradhanan Virajass
Sulochanan Chithraamgan Sathyasandhan Kundhy Yuyulssu

Many years passed after the death of the Kauravas and Dhritarashtra, Gandhari and Kunti grew old.  Tired of the palace, they longed for solace in the forest and made their wish known to Yudhisthira and others who were reluctant to see them go but finally relented.

Maharishi Ved Vyas, upon hearing this took the three to his forest dwelling where they lived peacefully for a while.

After a while, Dhritarashtra, Gandhari and Kunti found themselves feeling depressed and longing to see their dead children one more time.  Ved Vyas sent word for the Pandavas to be present for the occasion and upon their arrival gathered everyone at the banks of Ganga River.

Towards midnight, Ved Vyas stood in the river and called out the names of the dead one by one.  The dead appeared one by one – on one side stood Duryodhana and his 99 brothers while on the other side stood Karna, Abhimanyu, all relatives and friends who had died in the battle.   All enmities were forgotten, everyone embraced each other and they all felt great joy beyond comprehension.

The night of gathering seemed to last but a few minutes and when the morning came, those who had come through the barrier between the two worlds ended up going back into the mist that enshrouds them.

Putradarsana Parva

He who knows himself attains the highest understanding and becomes freed from error,
All creatures appear from an invisible state, and once more disappear into invisibleness.

He enjoys, or endures, the fruits of all his act, where he does them,
If the act be a mental one, its consequences are enjoyed, or endured, mentally;
If it is done with the body, its consequences are to be enjoyed, or endured, in the body.

—Vaisampayana, Ashramvasika Parva, Mahabharata Book xv.34

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  • Young generation should be told about epics.There are many good things to learn.
    Only tose who are interested may attend the classes.Compulsion breeds revulsion .

  • What?
    Dhritrashtra was blind and Gandhari chose to be blind. Kunti’s son were still alive except Karna.

    So who saw whom?

  • Dinesh,

    Pl try to understand if Maharshi Ved Vyas could call all the dead ones one by one, he had the powers also to ensure that Dhritarashtra and Gandhari wouid be able to see them.

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