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In the Mahabharata epic, Madri (Sanskrit: माद्री; IAST: Mādrī; IPA/Sanskrit: [maːdɽiː] ) was a princess of the Madra Kingdom who married Pandu.(IAST: Mādra; [maːdɽɐ]). She accompanied her husband Pandu and Kunti to the forest after Pandu was cursed by a Rishi Kindama. Madri learns the mantra given to Kunti by Sage Durvasa and begots twins by invoking Ashvins. The twins were called Nakula and Sahadeva. Pandu was cursed that, if he touches a woman he'll be dead. It is said that Madri tried to get intimate with Pandu eventually leading to his death. Out of guilty, she jumps in the funeral pyre of Pandu and dies, leaving her twin children in the custody of Kunti.
The word Mādrī means 'she who is the princess of Madra kingdom (Mādra)'.