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Raja Pandu and Matakunti LACMA M.69.13.6.jpg
Kunti along with her husband Pandu
Spouse(s) Pandu
Children Karna, Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna
Shurasena (biological father)
Kunti-Bhoja (adoptive father)

In Hindu mythology, Kunti (Sanskrit: कुंती Kuntī) also called Pritha, was the biological daughter of Shurasena, a Yadava,[1] the sister of Vasudeva, the foster daughter of her cousin King Kunti-Bhoja,[2] the wife of King Pandu[3] of Hastinapur and the mother of King Karna of Anga and King Yudhisthira of Indraprastha.[4]

Before Kunti married Pandu,[5] she bore Karna to Surya, the solar deity. She later married Pandu and bore Yudhisthira,[6] Bhima[7] and Arjuna.

Her story is told within the Bhagavata Purana, wherein she speaks on the philosophy of devotion to her nephew Krishna,[8] known as Bhakti yoga.

After the death of her husband, Kunti did not commit sati, but his other wife Madri did. Kunti took care of Nakula and Sahadeva, the sons of Madri and loved them more than her own sons.

Kunti also went into hiding with her sons after Duryodhana tried to kill them all by burning them in Lakshagrih. Kunti prevented Bhima from killing the demoness Hidimba and advises him to marry her and beget Ghatotkacha. She instructed her children to take care of the common people and ordered Bhima to kill the demon Bakasura.

When the Pandavas got their kingdom Dhritarashtra ordered Kunti to not got with them and stay in Hastinapur so that the pandavas would never attack on them. Kunti with a heavy heart accepted his order leaving her and her sons completely broken!

During the time of Pandavas exile for 13 years, Kunti stayed in the house of Vidura in Hastinapur.

Kunti perished in a forest fire in the Himalayas with her half-brother-in-law King Dhritarashtra and his wife Gandhari and attained heaven.[9][10]

When karan dies kunti told her sons about karan being her son. Pandu sons got really hurt. Later, Kunti, along with Dhritarashtra, Gandhari and Vidura, died in a forest fire.


  1. ^ Studies of Mahabharata
  2. ^ KUNTI (also called Pritha and Parshni)
  3. ^ A classical dictionary of Hindu mythology and religion, geography, history, and literature by Dowson, John (1820-1881)
  4. ^ Mahabharata
  5. ^ Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Purāṇas by Swami Parmeshwaranand
  6. ^ A story showing the greatness of Kunti
  7. ^ Kapoor, edited by Subodh (2002). The Indian encyclopaedia: biographical, historical, religious, administrative, ethnological, commercial and scientific (1st ed. ed.). New Delhi: Cosmo Publications. Page 7535.
  8. ^ Krishna, the ultimate idol: [a provocative analysis of Krishna's life and mission] by Girīśa Pa Jākhoṭiyā
  9. ^ "Kunti" (pdf). Manushi India Organization. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Mani pp.442-3

11. shafaq naaz played kunti in star plus Mahabharat 2013-2014

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