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Duryodhan was the eldest son of Dhritraashtra and Gaandhaaree. He was younger than Yudhishthir and Bheem. Since all that Paandav were born in forest, he lived alone in the palace and dreamt about the Hastinaapur throne. Shakuni, his Maamaa and Dhritraashtra himself used to blaze this fire all the time. But when Paandu died in the forest and Maadree became Satee with him, Kuntee came back to Hastinaapur with her children. And the jealousy started from here.
Duryodhan and Bheem
Once, on Shakuni's advice, Duryodhan invited Bheem to eat Kheer (an Indian sweet dish made of rice and milk) and mixed poison in it. Bheem like Kheer very much, he ate it more than his satisfaction and got unconscious because of the poison. Duryodhan tied him with a rope and threw him in Gangaa River. Bheem drowned in the water and came to Naag Lok (Kuntee's mother was from Naag Vansh). When Naag saw somebody coming to their Lok, they bit him, but instead of dying, his consciousness came back. He fought with them and defeated them.
Seeing this they came to their King and reported all about this. The King asked them to bring him to him. When Bheem came there, he asked his introduction. He told them that he was Kuntee's son. They recognized him as their grand grandson and gave him a potion to drink to honor Kuntee. This drink gave him the strength of 10,000 elephants. Duryodhan got very upset at this.
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In the meantime he extended his friendship with Karn and appointed him as the King of Ang Desh.
Shakuni called his man Purochan and asked him to build a palace there made of all inflammable things and burn it on a certain day. Vidur was suspicious about all this, so he warned Yudhishthir, and sent his man to make a tunnel to escape from there. Because Vidur's warning and arrangement Paandav escaped from there after setting the palace on fire one day before the day Purochan was to set fire to it. Fortunately they found charred bodies of a woman and her five sons there so they thought that Paandav and Kuntee had died in that fire. They got very happy at their plan.
Duryodhan and Paandav in Hastinaapur
Duryodhan publicly insulted Draupadee in the court and Paandav couldn't do anything except taking vows to kill Dhritraashtra's all sons. Somehow Draupadee took every thing back. This again was not liked by Duryodhan, so he played another game and defeated them by mischief again and sent them for 13 years of exile - 12 years of exile and one year of incognito.
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Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 03/30/12