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 King Karna of Anga 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. She later married Pandu and bore Yudhisthira, Bhima and Arjuna.
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.
Although the Mahabharatha portrays Kunti to be extremely affectionate, various versions deem her as a shrewd woman, who knew the importance of having sons. Her act of abandoning her first born is considered inhuman. After her husband, Pandu, asks her to share her powers with his second wife Madri, Kunti does so reluctantly and does so only once as she invited a pair of gods to bless her with sons. Kunti restricts access of Madri to the gods for fear that she will end up bearing more children and will yield greater influence than her.
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