Yuyutsu: The Son Who Didn’t Belong

Yuyutsu was the second son of Dhritarashtra. Yet, he was rarely acknowledged as one of the Kaurava siblings by his own family.

The epic says he was a Maharatha, capable of single-handedly taking on10,000 warriors. Yet, like Karna, Yuyutsu chose to fight his own brothers in the Kurukshetra war.

Why?

Watch the video to find out the story of Yuyutsu from his initial years of oblivion to his final moment of glory at the end of the epic.

Duryodhana’s cruel destiny | Gandhari’s Children

Did you know that Duryodhana almost became the rightful heir to the Kuru throne but missed the chance by a cruel twist of fate?

Duryodhana was conceived first, before Yudhishtra. Yet he was born after his cousin.

What went wrong?

Click to find the story of the birth of the Kauravas from where the story of discord between the two cousins begins!

Books, Movies and the Mahabharata

The Mahabharata has inspired several artists & creators and spawned several great literary works and cinema.

Watch the video to know about how some film makers and writers have explored the ideas of Niyoga and parthenogenisis in their works!

Miraculous Births in the Mahabharata

The Mahabharata is the largest treasure house of stories in the world, particularly of miraculous or super-natural births.Drona is born in a cup.

Two women come together to produce a child and a King gives birth to his son from his right thigh. These are only some of the several amazing stories in the epic.

But what was the idea behind telling these stories?

Were they merely fantasies of a fertile mind or was there was some meaning to these fantastic tales?

As always, Kulture Katha gets behind the why of the stories!

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The Puzzling Birth Story of the Pandavas

There are several theories around the birth stories of the Pandavas.

The epic, while being a little secretive on this matter, also gives us a solid clue to unravelling the mystery.

Click to listen in to the puzzling birth story of the Pandavas.

Bijakshetra Nyaya: Were Pandu and Dhritarashtra legitimate heirs of the Kurus?

The farmer either sowed his own seed or let someone else’s seed be sown in his field. Either way, the output from the field belonged to the farmer.

That was the logic behind the Bija Kshetra nyaya, the seed-field metaphor that defined the relationship between man, woman and their heirs.

Click the link to know why knowing this rule is important for understanding the key predicament in the epic!

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How Niyoga acquired a stigma

Niyoga: Sperm donation in the Mahabharata

Some of the key characters in the epic were born through an ancient custom called the Niyoga. A custom that traces its origins to a Rig Vedic ritual and a myth around Parashurama.

Click to know more about the Whats, the Whys and the Hows of the custom!

Of dominating fathers and submissive sons in Indian stories…

King Yayati wanted to enjoy the pleasures of life for long and demanded that his sons trade their youth for his old age. Puru, his youngest son, satisfied his father’s lust for life by sacrificing his youth.

King Shantanu fell in love with a fisherwoman at an advanced stage of his life. His son, Devavrata, ensured that his father’s desire was satisfied even though it meant he would have to sacrifice his kingship and sex life forever!

Why do we find dominating fathers and submissive sons in Indian stories?

How Bhishma made the Kurus a matrilineal clan!

Bhishma, a key character in the Mahabharata, is known for the supreme sacrifice of his sex life for the sake of his father.

But this selfless act of his changed the patriarchal nature of the Kuru clan forever.

After Bhishma, we find succession in the Kuru throne becomes matrilineal, with the Kuru throne being handed down through the mother’s bloodline.

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For more on the Bhishma story, check this video!

Mahabharata Series 3 | The epic’s violent beginnings

The Mahabharata is narrated for the first time at a horrific snake sacrifice conducted by Arjuna’s great grandson and Abhimanyu’s grandson, Janamejaya.

But how does the snake sacrifice relate to the core story of the epic? How does the Sarpa Sattra or the snake sacrifice set the perfect context for the epic?

Click to find out!