Kunti along with her husband Pandu
|Children||Karna, Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna|
In Hindu mythology, Kunti (Sanskrit: कुंती Kuntī) also called Pritha, was the biological daughter of Shurasena, the sister of Vasudeva, the foster daughter of her cousin King Kunti-Bhoja, the wife of King Pandu of Hastinapur and the mother of Karna,and King Yudhisthira of Indraprastha.
Before Kunti married Pandu, she bore Karna to Surya, the solar deity. Afraid of being an unwed mother, she placed the baby in a basket and set him afloat on a river. This child was later found and adopted by a chariot driver and his wife, and was named Karna. He went on to become a central character in the Mahabharata. The ambiguous emotions Karna felt about his birth mother play an important role in the Mahabharata. She later married Pandu and bore Yudhisthira, Bhima and Arjuna.
Kunti also went into hiding with her sons after Duryodhana ,Shakuni & her own son Karna tried to kill them all by burning them in Lakshagrah 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.
- Studies of Mahabharata
- KUNTI (also called Pritha and Parshni)
- A classical dictionary of Hindu mythology and religion, geography, history, and literature by Dowson, John (1820-1881)
- Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Purāṇas by Swami Parmeshwaranand
- A story showing the greatness of Kunti
- 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.
- Krishna, the ultimate idol: [a provocative analysis of Krishna's life and mission] by Girīśa Pa Jākhoṭiyā
- "Kunti" (pdf). Manushi India Organization. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- Mani pp.442-3
|Wikiquote has quotations related to: Kunti|