What Happened to Pandavas after Mahabharata
The Mahabharata is a major Sanskrit epic with origins in ancient India, which may resemble the Western equivalent of the Illiad. It is an epic narration of two groups of princes who are cousins, and fight with each other for their rights and kingdoms. One group is the Pandavas, and the other group is the Kauravas. Pandavas are the five sons of Pandu, they are morally right and turn out to be the winner of the great Kurukshetra war. On the other hand, Kauravas, the sons of the Kuru dynasty, are corrupt and unlawfully want to rule the kingdom. We all know that Pandavas got support from Lord Krishna and won the Great War. But we seldom know what happened to Pandavas after Mahabharata. Read this oneHOWTO article to find out.
The line of wrath and curses
After the Mahabharata war, the Pandavas mourned and hailed their victory simultaneously. Then, they went back to their kingdoms to face the wrath of their family and relatives. Gandhari, the mother of Kauravas, was angry, and at the same time woeful with Krishna who could save her family from the war, but he instead supported it. When the Pandavas came back to their city with Krishna, Gandhari cursed Krishna, by saying that he will see his own family’s devastation, just as she has.
Dhritrashtra, the father of Kauravas, tried to kill Bheema by embracing him in his powerful arms. But Pandavas placed an iron statue instead of Bheema in his arms, who could not see it because he was blind. After crushing the iron statue, Dhritrashtra regained his senses and blessed the Pandavas after accepting his son’s defeat.
Ashwatthama killed all the children of Pandavas, and many others. When he tried to harm the womb of Uttara, Krishna saved it and cursed Ashwatthama to be immortal and live forever with his oozing injuries.
The kingdom successions
The end of the Great War led to a number of successions, the major being the succession of Yudhisthira after Dhritrashtra. Yuyutsa, the half brother of the Kauravas, became Yudhisthira’s subordinate king for Indraprastha. The Pandavas reunified the states of Indraprastha and Hastinapur, and governed them together, with the chief ruler being Yudhisthira.
The rule of Pandavas
Pandavas remained the rulers of the kingdom for 35 years. During this period, they conducted a number of Aswamedia yagyas and Rajasurya yagyas. Yudhisthira became the grand emperor for his entire nation. They took good care of Gandhari, Dhritrashtra, Vidura and Kunti. After 15 years, these four elders decided to go for a voluntary exile into the forest. Here, Vidura died peacefully, while the other three were later killed in a forest fire.
The drowning of Dwarka
As the result of Gandhari’s curse, Lord Krishna’s city, Dwarka, was devastated with blood shed of its own people. The water levels began to rise and the entire city started to drown in it. Arjuna came to the rescue and took all men, women and children to his own city of Indraprastha. But on the way, they were attacked by robbers and Arjuna was not able to save them. With this, his own prowess is put into question, and he was left with a feeling of guilt and inability forever.
Starting of the Kalyuga
Parikshit, the grandson of Arjuna, became the king of Kuru. As this was the ending of the Dwapara yug and the beginning of the Kalyug, chaos started creeping into the reign and corruption ensued. Pandavas, along with Draupadi , decided to reach heaven by way of climbing up the Himalayas. On their way up, they were followed by Lord Yama, the god of death, in disguise of a dog. As they walked, they started dying one after the other and reaching hell instead of heaven. Draupadi was the first to die, as she was the most prideful among them. Nakul and Sahadev died next, as they were proud of their looks. Arjuna fell next due to his pride of skills. Bheem was the last to die, as he used to eat too much during their exile and forced his brothers to starve. Yudhisthira did not pride in anything and he was a humble ruler. Due to this, he and the dog reached the Himalayas top, and entered the heavens.
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