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Story of Chakshusha Manu

Chakshusha is a figure of Hindu mythology, the Manu of the sixth Manwantara, son of Ripu by Vrihati. The Markandeya has a legend of his birth as a son of Ksbatriya ; of his being exchanged at his birth for the son of Visranta Raja, and being brought up by the prince as his own ; of his revealing the business when a man, and propitiating Brahma by his devotions, in consequence of which he became a Manu; In his former birth he was born from the eye of Brahma; whence his name from Chakshush ‘the eye.’

Story as what happens to Duryodhana after he dies

According to the Mahabharata, after entering the svarga with a human body on Indra’s invitation, Yudhishthira witnessed that Duryodhana “was seated on a beautiful throne and he shone with the splendour of the sun and around him stood in attendance the goddess of heroism and other angels.” Yudhishthira found this insufferable and reminded the dwellers of svarga about his sinful deeds. Following that, Narada smiled at Yudhishthira and said that “the brave Duryodhana had attained his present state by force of kshatriya dharma.” The Mahabharata further mentions that in svarga, Duryodhana and his brothers “attained the state of the gods.”

Story when Sanjaya loses his divine site upon Duryodhana’s death in Mahabharata

Sanjaya used to narrate Kurukshetra war to Dhritarashtra. He had ability to see from long distance. When Duryodhana dies, Sanjaya loses his divine sight, which he had been using to update Duryodhana’s father Dhritarashtra.

Story when Krishna identified 3 mistakes of Duryodhana in Kurukshetra war

Duryodhana is lying in the battle field, awaiting death, badly bruised by the wounds inflicted by Bhima. He kept his three fingers in a raised position and is unable to speak. All the efforts made by his men to understand the meaning proved to be futile. Seeing his plight Krishna approached him and said “I know what issues occupied your mind. I will address them”. Krishna identified the issues as: Not building a fort around Hastinapur, Not persuading Vidura to fight the battle, and Not making Ashwatthama the commander-in-chief after the death of Drona. On hearing this Duryodhana closed all the fingers and rested. Duryodhana concluded that these 3 factors should have surely brought him victory. Had he built a fort around Hastinapur, he could have totally avoided the war in the first place. If Vidura had fought on his side, he would have had the best strategist, even better than Krishna. At last, Duryodhana came to the conclusion that Krishna was in fact the avatar of Lord Vishnu. If Duryodhana had named Ashwatthama the commander of the army after the death of Drona, victory would have surely be his as Ashwatthama was the avatar of Lord Shiva. No one can handle a ‘furious’ Ashwatthama, the part incarnate of Lord Shiva.

Story when Bhishma makes a comparison between Yudhishthira & Duryodhana

According to Mahabharata, when Bhishma has to pick Dhritarashtra’s successor, he mentions to Vidura many of Duryodhana’s positive qualities in comparison to Yudhishthira. Having spent so many years in the forest, Yudhishthira doesn’t have Duryodhana’s experience, military expertise, education, and courtly manners. Bhishma adds that Duryodhana is loved by the people, while Yudhishthira is an unknown quantity to them. However, Bhishma ultimately selects Yudhishthira, telling Vidura that in his heart, Duryodhana is a power-hungry, vitriolic individual, while at his core, Yudhishthira is a good man who cares tremendously for his people.

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