Monday Feb 27, 2023

Ep.20.Mahabharata’s Shakuntala (The Mahabharata)

A shorter version of Shakuntala’s story from the #Mahabharata, retold from a slightly different lens.

Shakuntala was the wife of Duhshanta–the founder of the Pourava dynasty, and the mother of the great Emperor #Bharata, who was the founder of the Kuru lineage and ancestor of the #Kauravas and #Pandavas. #Shakuntala was a smart, intelligent and a feisty young woman, and she fell in love with King #Duhshanta. Their love story is unique and has inspired many works of Indian literature.


Listen to the story of:

  • Shakuntala and Duhshanta’s meeting
  • Their "love" marriage
  • Duhshanta’s promise to Shakuntala
  • Shakuntala’s confrontation with Duhshanta in his court
  • Duhshanta’s eventual acceptance of his wife and son
  • Shakuntala’s son named Bharata

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The Mahabharata 1: Complete and Unabridged; translated by Bibek Debroy. (2015). Penguin Random House India. (Original work published 2010)

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