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Pronunciation : pan-dawa

PANDAVA

Also known as PANDAV

Five swashbuckling sons of Kunti, Yama, Vayu, Indra, Mandri and the Ashvins.

Shortly after being adopted by the childless King Pandu, Durvasa popped by and was so impressed with the pleasant and Polite Kunti, (the housemaid formally known as Pritha) that he granted her five boons. These boons were a guarantee that any god would clear their schedule to come and make her pregnant when she chanted the mantra. There was no small print and her statutery rights were not affected, but there were no refunds either as she found out when she tried one out for size and Surya dropped Kurna on her doorstep.

In the meantime, Pandu was out hunting and spotted a nice fat deer which would look lovely in his cooking pot, so he took careful aim with his bow and ... Pow! He killed a Rishi, mid-sex. Oh dear, i thought he was a master archer? The sage cursed him with his dying breath to suffer the same fate if he even thought about getting lovey-dovey with his wives.

Pandu married Kunti and was desperate for children so she put her boons into effect, giving birth to Yudhishtira by Yama, Bhima by Vayu, and Arjuna by Indra.

Being the unselfish type she gave her co-wife Madri the spare boon so she could give birth to Nakula and Sahadeva by the Ashvin twins. And that's how the Pandavas came about.
Meet the family ...
Parents : Kunti, Yama, Vayu, Indra, Mandri, The Ashvins
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'PANDAVAS' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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