Kunti-Bhoja

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In Hindu mythology, Kunti-Bhoja (or Kuntibhoja) was the adoptive father and cousin of Queen Kunti.[1] He was the ruler of the Kunti Kingdom.

Kunti was a daughter of King Shurasena, but was later given to Kuntibhoja since he was devoid of children.[2] Kuntibhoja raised her as his own daughter and loved her.[3] She was very beautiful and intelligent and later married Pandu.[4]

When Kunti was a young girl, the sage Durvasa visited Kuntibhoja one day, and sought his hospitality. The king entrusted the sage to Kunti’s care and tasked Kunti with the responsibility of entertaining the sage and meeting all his needs during his stay with them.[5] Kunti patiently put up with Durvasa’s short temper and his unreasonable requests (such as demanding food at odd hours of the night) and served the sage with great dedication. Eventually, the sage was gratified. Before departing, he rewarded Kunti by teaching her Atharvaveda mantras which enabled her to invoke any god of her choice to beget children by them.[6][7][8][9][10]

Kuntibhoja took part in the Kurukshetra War, siding with the Pandava.

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