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Dhritraashtra and Mahaabhaarat War
This war lasted for 18 days. All great warriors from Duryodhan side were killed in this war. Since Dhritraashtra was blind, Ved Vyaas gave Sanjaya (his Saarathee) the Divine sight to see the battlefield sitting in the palace, and tell him its account. All people including Duryodhan were killed. Gaandhaaree tried her best to save her son but at that time also he did not listen to her.
Dhritraashtra and Bheem-After the War
When Paandav, Krishn and Vidur came to see Dhritraashtra and Gaandhaaree, all Paandav touched Dhritraashtra's feet introducing themselves and he blessed them. Krishn presented Bheem in the last. Dhritraashtra was getting restless to embrace him so he asked "Where is Bheem?" And then Bheem touched his feet and moved at one side. Dhritraashtra came forward saying "I want to embrace you Bheem, where are you?" and spread his arms. Immediately Krishn gave the brass statue in his arms. He pressed the statue so hard that it really cracked inside his arms and thus Bheem was saved. Everybody was greatly surprised to see this, but this was the truth. Then Dhritraashtra got very sad after crushing Bheem to death "Oh, I have killed my dear brother's son." Then Bheem again came forward and greeted him and said, "Great Uncle, I am here." Then he embraced him properly.
Thus Dhritraashtra neither got the kingdom nor the peace of mind. Later Yudhishthir requested both of them to live with them only in the palace. He daily used to go to greet him in the morning before going to royal court.
In the last after living with Yudhishthir for some time, on Vidur's advice, one fine morning he went to forest with Gaandhaaree and Kuntee without telling anybody. When Yudhishthir went to him to greet him, he didn't find them he repented for his mistakes whatever he committed when they were with him. But Vidur Jee said - "It is not because of your behavior, but now his Time has come. On 7th day from today he will got to Swarg and Gaandhaaree will also follow him." Once Yudhishthir went also to forest where they were living and as Vidur said they got burned in a jungle fire on the 7th day.
Why Dhritraashtra Was Born Blind and Lost His 100 Sons?
(1) Once Krishn asked Dhritraashtra - "Why are you born blind? What caused
it? What Karm did you incur by which you are born blind?"
[Fate or Destiny is the fruit of those Karm we have done in our previous lives, thus they are fructified now, and maybe in future too if some Karm have been left out, then.]
(2) In another flavor, the story goes in the same way but with the difference
that when Dhritraashtra asked - "What did I do in my previous life so
that I had to lose my 100 sons." Krishn replied - "In that life
you were a hunter. Once you went for hunting and killed many birds sitting
on a tree. You could kill 100 birds, and rest flew away. That is why you had
to lose your 100 sons in this life."
(3) When Dhritraashtra lost his 100 sons and he himself died, he met God. He asked God - "Prabhu I don't remember having done any Aparaadh (sin) in this Janma (life) or last 100 Janm, so why did I have to bear the burden of having to undergo the pain of my 100 sons dead, till I was alive?" God replied - "Yes, You have not done any thing wrong during your last 100 Janma, but 100 Janma before you were a king and liked tasty food very much. One day your regular cook was on leave and the new cook who came in place of him, knew that if he did not serve you tasty food he would be given punishment and kicked out. So not knowing how to make you satisfied he killed a baby swan and cooked it. You ate it and relished it very much. So from next day onwards the cook went on killing baby swans and cooking them for you till the number reached 100. After that your old cook came back. So you had to bear the Karm Phal of those 100 baby swans being killed and eaten by You."
Dhritraashtra said - "But Prabhu if I did it 100 Janma before, then
why bear the fruits of it in this Janma? Why was I not given the punishment
in that same Janma itself?"
[Now, whether above story is true or not, but teaches us that our all Karm have to bear their fruit, good or evil, and the fruits will be reserved for us till we get ready to be eligible to enjoy/suffer, today or tomorrow or in future.]
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 03/13/13