Kunti

Hindu - Daughter of Suira. Sister of Vasudava. Wife of Kuntibhoja, Pandu and Surya. Mother of Arjuna, Bhima, Karna and Yudhishthira. She was originally known as Pritha and it was prophesied that, as a result of a charm given to her by Durvasas, she would have five children, the sons of gods. A prayer to Surya produced a son, Karna, whom she abandoned, and when her first husband, Kuntibhoja, died she married Pandu, the king of Bharata, who refused to have children because of a curse placed on him. Later prayers to the gods gave her Yudhishthira from Dharma, Bhima from Vayu, and Arjuna from Indra. The other boys, the twins Nakula and Sahadeva, were born to Pandu's other wife, Madri, to make up the five Pandava brothers whose struggle with the Kauravas forms the basis of The Mahabharata. In this battle, Karna was killed by Arjuna and his father, the sun-god Surya, avenged his death by burning Kunti into a cinder. Occasionally known as Kunti, Karna, Karna, Princess Pritha, Princess Pritha, Pritha, Pritha, (Princess) Pritha or (Princess) Pritha.

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