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Story when Krishna accepted Gandhari’s curse of destruction but reminded her about her ignorance before the war

All of Gandhari’s sons were killed in the war against their cousins, the Pandavas, at Kurukshetra, specifically at the hands of Bhima. When she heard the news of the death of all the sons of Pandavas (Upapandavas), she embraced the Pandavas and consoled them for their losses. Later her wrath turned to Krishna for allowing all this destruction to happen. She cursed that he, his city and all his subjects would be destroyed. Krishna accept the curse but reminds her that she applauded her sons when they committed wicked deeds before the war and she is questioning justice in and after war, a justice she denied others before the war. Her curse took its course 36 years after the great war when Yadu dynasty perished after a fight broke out between yadavas at a festival. Lord Krishna ascended to his heavenly abode after living for 126 years. The golden city of Dwarka drowned exactly seven days after his disappreance.

Story when Gandhari removed her blindfold to pour powers into her son Duryodhana’s body but Krishna foiled the plan

Some folk fore narrate that Gandhari made a single exception to her blindfolded state, when she removed her blindfold to see her eldest son Duryodhana. She poured all her power into her son’s body in one glance, rendering Duryodhana’s entire body, except his loins, as strong as iron. Krishna foiled Gandhari’s plan by asking Duryodhana to cover up his privates before meeting his mother. On their decisive encounter on the eighteenth day of the Kurukshetra battle, Bhima smashed Duryodhana’s thighs, a move both literally and figuratively below the belt. This story is not mentioned in the original version of the Mahabharata which was written by Veda Vyasa. As per Vyasa’s Mahabharata, Duryodhana, while fighting against Bhima, displayed his superior mace skills, due to which Bhima could not defeat him and had to break rules to kill him.

Story when Krishna sends Uddhava to Vrindavan with a message for Gopis & People to forget him so he could complete his duties

After Krishna had defeated Kansa, Uddhava came to see him, much to Krishna’s pleasure. Krishna then requested Uddhava to visit Vrindavan with a message on his behalf to the Gopis and other residents of the village, who were missing his company. Krishna asks Uddhava to tell the people of Vrindavan to forget him, because only when they forget him can he complete his duties on Earth. Uddhava was so filled with the devotion of the Gopika towards Lord Krishna that he stayed in Vrindavan for the next 6 months, where he also asked the Gopis to be his Guru. The Gopis said “When Akrura came to Vrindvan, he took our Krishna with him, and now are you here to take away his memories too, from us?”, to which Uddhava is speechless. The content of the message and the feelings aroused by it when heard by the residents of Vrindavan constitute the highest understanding of love of God in the tradition of Gaudiya Vaishnavism.

Story of Uddhava Gita (Hamsa Gita) in Mahabharata

Krishna spoke the Uddhava Gita (also referred to as Hamsa Gita) to Uddhava shortly before he left the world in order to help console Uddhava after his forthcoming departure. It commences with Uddhava’s perplexity after he saw the impending destruction of the Yadava community, in which Krishna was also brought up, born as a Kshatriya. Uddhava was famous as devotee and a dear friend of Krishna but even he could not fathom why he had not prevented the destruction from happening. Brahma, the creator, and the celestials implored Krishna to return to his divine abode after the purpose of his descent was over. Krishna then explained why the Yadavas had to be finished, “Made insolent by prowess, heroism and fortune, and inclined to take possession of the whole world, this celebrated race of Yadu has been kept in check by Me as the ocean by its shore. If I depart (from this world) without destroying the huge race of the Yadus, who have grown insolent the entire humanity will meet its destruction…” Greatly saddened by this Uddhava approached Krishna and beseeched him to take him also. In reply Krishna then expounds the Uddhava Gita.

Kunti Sister of Vasudeva & bua of Krishna who plays a big role later in the war Mahabharata

Vasudeva was the father of the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, Krishna. He was a Yadava king. He was the brother of Nanda Baba, who took care of Krishna during his early years as a child. His sister Kunti was married to Pandu. Kunti plays a big role later in the war Mahabharata.

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