Ghatotkacha was born to Hidimba and Bhima. When traveling the countryside with his brothers and mother as a brahmin, having escaped the lakshagraha, Bhima saved Hidimba from her wicked brother Hidimba (male). Soon after Ghatotkacha was born, Bhima had to leave his family, as he still had duties to complete at Hastinapura. Ghatotkacha grew up under the care of Hidimba. One day he received a pearl which he later gave to his cousin Abhimanyu. Like his father Ghatotkacha primarily fought with the mace. Lord Krishna gave him a boon that no one in the world would be able to match his sorcery skills (except Krishna himself). His wife was Ahilawati and his sons were Barbarika and Meghvarna.
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Story of Duhshala (Dhritarashtra & Gandhari’s Daughter, Duryodhana’s Sister & Jayadratha’s Wife) and her suffering in Mahabharata
Duhshala was the only daughter of king Dhritarashtra and Queen Gandhari and sister to Kauravas in Mahabharata. She was married to Jayadratha the king of Sindhu and Sauvira. Duhsala lived a terrible life. Despite the love of her brothers, her real suffering set in after she got married, since Jayadratha had a split personality disorder, meaning he often became uncivil towards women and even towards his wife. When he tried to kidnap and molest Draupadi, and failed, the Pandavas decided to slay him. Because of the earnest request of Duhsala they left him alone, just shaving his head. Later Jayadratha killed Abhimanyu in the War of Kurukhsetra to satiate his vengeance. Then Arjuna, with the help of Krishna, decapitated him. Later, during the Ashwamedha Sacrifice, when the horse of the Pandavas came to Sindhu, which was then ruled by Suradha, the son of widow Duhsala, Suradha died of fright. This shattered Arjuna with sorrow, for which he made the grandson of Duhsala the king of Sindhu.
Story as when Draupadi swore that she will not tie her hair until it is bathed with blood of Dushasana
After Yudhishthira lost his kingdom, his brothers and his wife Draupadi, in a game of dice with Shakuni, Dussasana dragged Draupadi by the hair into the assembly, at the behest of his brother Duryodhana, and tried to disrobe her. Draupadi prayed to Krishna and he made her sari to be of infinite length, so that Dussasana could not take it off. However, the princess was humiliated by being dragged into court by her hair. After this humiliation Draupadi swore that she will not tie her hair until it is bathed with blood of Dushasana.
Story when Bhishma gave Pandavas hint to defeat him through opposite gender (Shikhandhi) in the Kurukshetra war
The Kurukshetra war was locked in a stalemate. As the Pandavas mulled over this situation, Krishna advised them to visit Bhishma himself and request him to suggest a way out of this stalemate. Bhishma loved the Pandavas and knew that he stood as the greatest obstacle in their path to victory and so when they visited Bhishma, he gave them a hint as to how they could defeat him. He told them that if faced by one who had once been of the opposite gender, he would lay down his arms and fight no longer. Later Krishna told Arjuna how he could bring down Bhishma, through the help of Sikhandhi. The Pandavas were initially not agreeable to such a ploy, as by using such cheap tactics they would not be following the path of Dharma, but Krishna suggested a clever alternative. And thus, on the next day, the tenth day of battle Shikhandi accompanied Arjuna on the latter’s chariot and they faced Bhishma who put his bow and arrows down. He was then felled in battle by Arjuna, pierced by innumerable arrows. Using Sikhandhi as a shield, Arjuna shot arrows at Bhishma, piercing his entire body. Bhishma fell and remained on death bed of arrows for few days until the war got over.
After the war, while on his deathbed (arrow bed) Bhishma gave deep and meaningful instructions to Yudhishthira on statesmanship and the duties of a king. Bhishma always gave priority to Dharma. He always walked in path of Dharma, even though his circumstances because of his promise, he was supposed to forcefully follow the orders of his king Dhritharashtra, which were mostly Adharma, he was totally upset. In between the Kurukshetra War Lord Krishna advised Bhishma that, when duties are to be followed you have to follow them without looking for the promises, if those promises are making path for sadness to the society it has to be broken at that point itself and should be given priority to the moral duty only. Finally Bhishma gave up the fight, focusing his life force and breath, sealing the wounds, and waiting for the auspicious moment to give up his body on the arrow bed.