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Story of Draupadi and her five sons

In the Hindu epic Mahabharata, the Upapandavas also known as Pandavaputras or Panchakumaras are the five sons born to Draupadi from each of the five Pandavas. They are Prativindhya, Shatanika, Sutasoma, Shrutasena and Shrutakarma. They fought the battle on the side of the Pandavas, but not much is said in the Mahabharata about the brothers except for fleeting mentions during the battle. However all five of them were killed by Ashwathama on the night of the last day of the war.

Story of Rishi Gritsamada

Gritsamada is a rishi, credited with most of Mandala 2 of the Rigveda. He was a son of Shunahotra of the family of Angiras, but by Indra’s will he was transferred to the Bhrigu family.

Story of Bhumi Devi representing Mother Earth

Bhumi or Bhumi-Devi is the Hindu goddess representing Mother Earth. She is the consort of the boar god Varaha, an avatar of Vishnu. Bhumi is the daughter of Kashyap Prajapati. She is known by various names. She is depicted as seated on a platform which rests on the back of four elephants, representing the four directions of the world. She is usually depicted with four arms, holding a pomegranate, a water vessel, a bowl containing healing herbs and another containing vegetables. She is also sometimes depicted with two hands, one holding a blue lotus known as Kumuda or Utpala, the night lotus, and in the right hand and the left hand may be in the Abhaya Mudra, fearlessness or the Lolahasta Mudra which is an aesthetic pose meant to mimic the tail of a horse.

Story – When Duryodhana realized his failure to recruit Vidura

As Duryodhana is dying, Krishna comes to him, and the two talk about the strategic mistakes Duryodhana had made. One of these was Duryodhana’s failure to recruit Vidura. Vidura’s brilliant mind would have been a huge boon to the Kaurava tactics, rivaling Krishna on the Pandavas’ side.

Story when Upapandavas (Sons of Pandavas) got killed by Ashwatthama

On the last night of the war after Duryodhana’s death and Kaurava defeat, Ashwathama gathered the only other surviving Kaurava warriors – Kritavarma and Kripacharya attacked the Pandava camp on the 18th night of the Kurukshetra war. He killed Dhrishtadyumna, Shikhandi, and many other prominent warriors of Pandava army while they were sleeping. Ashwatthama killed all the five Upapandavas during their sleep. In some versions of the story, he believes them to be the five Pandava brothers; in others, he purposefully attacks the Pandavas’ heirs in order to hurt the Pandavas emotionally.

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