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Story – This is what happened to Dhritarashtra & Gandhari after the Kurukshetra war

After the great war of Mahabharat, the grief-stricken blind king along with his wife Gandhari, sister-in-law Kunti, and half brother Vidura left Hastinapur for penance. It is believed that all of them perished in a forest fire and attained Moksha.

Story of Bhanumati (Wife of Duryodhana) in Mahabharata

Bhanumati is a character of Indian epic Mahabharata. She was described as wife of Duryodhana. According to Mahabharata, she was princess and daughter of king Bhagadatta of Pragjyotishpur. As Bhanumati wasn’t directly involved in the main events of the epic, not much is written about her in the Mahabharata. In the epic, she is mainly mentioned at two places: in Stri Parva by Queen Gandhari and in Shanti Parva by sage Narada, describing her swayamvar ceremony.

Story of Nikumbha demon (son of Kumbhakarna)

Nikumbha is a demon in Hindu mythology and is the son of Kumbhakarna, killed by Hanuman in the Ramayana. He was instructed by Kubera to watch over the Pisacas and the Nilamata Purana refers to him as “the noble and strong lord of the Pisacas.”

Story of Bhumanyu & Bharata – First emperors of India

Bhumanyu means Emperor. He was the successor of first emperor of India, Bharata. Emperor Bharata, one of the greatest kings of ancient India, and founder of the eponymous dynasty, had nine sons from three wives. None of Bharata’s sons were worthy enough to become the next Emperor. Bharata was not pleased with his sons and so their mothers became angry and slew them all. Bharata then performed a great sacrifice for obtaining an heir to the throne Bhumanyu was born out of that great sacrifice performed by the Sage Bharadwaja at the behest of Bharata. Bhumanyu was adopted by Bharata as his son. Bhumanyu was made the next emperor. Bhumanyu’s lineage is the story of the Mahabharat. Bharata, the first Indian dynastic emperor recorded, had a son named Bhúmanyu. The Mahabaratha, in the Adi Parvan, tells two different stories about Bhúmanyu’s birth. The first story says that Bharata married Sunanda the daughter of Sarvasena, the King of Kasi Kingdom, and begot upon her the son named Bhumanyu. According to the second story, Bhumanyu was born out of a great sacrifice that Bharata performed for the sage Bharadwaja.

Story of Macchanu – When he claims he is son of Hanuman

Macchanu is son of Hanuman. During one of the battles with Ravana’s army, Hanuman encounters one powerful opponent, who looked like vanara from waist-up but had tail of a fish. After a fierce battle, as Hanuman was about to hit the creature with his weapons, a golden star shining in the sky above, reveals by way of aakashwani that the enemy, whom he is going to harm is his own son born by his union with Suvannamaccha, the mermaid daughter of Ravana. Hanuman, immediately holds his weapons in mid-air and father-son duo recognize each other. Another version of story tells, while following Maiyarab in order to find Rama and Laxmana, who have been abducted by Maiyarab and taken to his kingdom in netherworld, Hanuman reaches a pond, where he encounters Macchanu. The fight between them is indecisive, therefore, Hanuman is surprised and asks his opponent, who is he. Macchanu introduces, himself as son of Hanuman and Suvannamaccha and so they finally identify and embrace each other. He tells Hanuman that Maiyarab is his foster father, who had picked him up lying on sea shore, where his mother had left him. Although, he does not want to betray Maiyarab but tells Hanuman through a riddle the entrance to the netherworld lies inside the lotus in the pond he was guarding.

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