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Mahabharata Mystery: How were all 101 Kauravas born together?

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Early in The Mahabharata, there is a story about how the hundred Kaurava brothers came into being. Nearly 5560 years ago, Sage Vyasa had come to Hastinapur. The then queen of Hastinapur, Gandhari, looked after the sage so well that he was pleased by her devotion. “Ask for any boon”, he told Gandhari. The Queen wanted 100 sons and asked for it. Gandhari became pregnant naturally from her husband Dhritarashtra. However, she did not deliver a child even after two years passed. Therefore, burning with anger, Gandhari aborted her fetus. In fact, it was not a fetus, not a developed child; but a mole, a mass of living cells having no shape like a human child. As soon as the sage Vyasa heard about her abortion, he came immediately, took the aborted cell mass in possession and divided that mole. Sage Vyasa dissected the mole carefully and found out normal living cells, which he kept separately in Ghruta Kumbha. Ghruta Kumbha does not mean an ordinary pot of clay, filled with Ghee. ‘Ghruta’ means a nutrient medium supplying life energy, which was kept in a special Kumbha, a highly sophisticated urn. There were 101 cells and those cells were grown separately in Ghruta Kumbhas or nutrient urns. In due course children were born, 100 Kauravas and their sister Dusshala. Sage Vyasa relied on the principle of ‘Chamasa division’ (Division of Living cells), laid down by Rubhus brothers in the Rigveda and worked further to give birth to 100 Kauravas.

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