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.

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