Pandu became the king of Hastinapuram and was ruling the kingdom with his brother Dhirithirashtran in the court.
Sathyavati and Bheeshma decided to get both the princes married.
Bheeshma learnt about the princess of Kandahar (now in Afghanistan), Gandhari. He went and asked the Kandahar king’s approval for Gandhari, to marry Dhirithirashtran.
The king was aware of Dhirithirashtran’s blindness . Though the king was not ready to accept this offer from Bheeshmar, in the best interest of his kingdom, he agreed.
But the prince of Kandahar ,Shakuni , brother of Gandhari did not really like to get his beautiful sister married to a blind man. He tried to convince the king to change his decision. But for the fear of facing enmity with the mighty Bheeshmar , the king agreed for the marriage of Gandhari with Dhirithirashtran.
At first Gandhari was not aware of Dhirithirashtran’s blindness. But when she came to know of his blindness , she was not sad about that. But she decided to cover her eyes with a piece of cloth , as she decided not to see anything which her husband will miss.
And Gandhari happily married Dhirithirashtran.
Shakuni felt bad that his beautiful sister had to marry a blind man. He thought that the might of Hastinapuram and the mighty Bheeshma , were the only reason for his sister’s marriage . So,with vengance he took a vow that he will bring down the mighty Kuru dynasty. (King Chandanu and his descendents belongs to this Kuru dynasty/ Chandra vamsam.)
(This prince Shakuni later on became the architect of the famous Kurukshetra war.)
King Pandu got married to Kunti and Madri .Madri was the princess of Madra Kingdom. Kunti was the adopted daughter of Kunti Bhojan. She was the biological daughter of king Surasena.But became an adopted daughter of Kunti Bhojan. Kunti is also the sister of Vasudevar…..Yes father of Lord Krishna.
To Know more about Kunti ,her early life and about Krishna , we have to do a little back in time.We had to go Shurasena, then to Mathura, from Mathura to Gokulam and then we shall return back to Hastinapuram.
–to be continued