Dhartarashthra

Buddhist - Lord of the Gandharvas in the east. One of the 4 Lokopalas. Occasionally known as Dhartarashthra, Dhritarashtra, Dhritarashtra, Dhritarastra, Dhritarastra, Dhrtarastra or Dhrtarastra.
Hindu - A guardian spirit of the east. Son of Vyasa and Ambika. Husband of Gandhari. His father was said to be Vyasa, a very ugly man who did his duty to give a child to each of the widows of the two sons of Santanu, his half-brother, both of whom had died childless. Because one of the widows (Ambika) closed her eyes and the other (Ambalika) went pale when they slept with Vyasa, their sons, Dhartarashhthra and Pandu, were born respectively blind and light skinned. His 100 sons, the Kauravas, were in conflict with their five cousins, the Pandavas, and at the end of the war between them, Dhartarashthra was one of the few survivors. He became a hermit in the forest and perished in a forest fire. Sometimes referred to as Dhartarashthra, Dhritarashtra, Dhritarashtra, Dhritarastra, Dhritarastra, Dhrtarastra or Dhrtarastra.

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