(Last Updated on : 09/09/2014)
Shakuni, the villain of Mahabharat
was the prince of Gandhar desh of Baluchistan and brother of Gandhari- wife of Dhritarashtra
. It is believed that Shakuni was unhappy about his sister's marriage with the blind Dhritarashtra. He was more so ever angry with Bhishma as he was responsible for bringing the proposal of Dhritarashtra. He found this insulting and was often heard uttering 'how could he (Bhishma) think of marrying off my beautiful sister to that blind man'. To avenge this insult, he came to stay with his sister at Hastinapura. He was very fond of his nephew Duryodhana. On seeing the growing affection of Bhishma towards Pandavas, Shakuni begin to poison the volatile mind of his nephew. His desire to destroy the Kuru increased even more when Yudhisthir
- eldest son of Pandu was declared as the next successor to the throne after Dhritarashtra's death. Shakuni had two sons, Ulook and Vrikaasur.
Shakuni was the mastermind for the outbreak of Mahabharat. He would always instigate Duryodhan to trouble the Pandavas. Whether it was to poison the sweets eaten by Bhima as a child or the burning down the wax house where the pandavas resided, Shakuni would always have a plan ready in his sleeve.
The dice game was his major plot after which the outbreak of the battle between the Pandavas and Kauravas became inevitable.
The 'dice'y game
The dice game was a result of jealousy, prosperity and insults. When the pandavas were given arid and un prosperous land of Hastinapur
, they turned it into a prosperous and enviable city called Indraprashtha. The news about the beauty of the city spread all over. The curiosity to see the city tempted Duryodhana
so much that he decided to visit the city personally.
When he went to the palace, he mistook water for a floor, and fell into it. On seeing this Draupadi, the wife of the five Pandavas, burst out laughing and insulted Duryodhana by saying that the son of a blindman can only be a blindman. Enraged, Duryodhana returned to Hastinapur.
Reading his nephew's state of mind, Shakuni plotted a clever plan to strip Pandavas of Indraprastha
. He invited the Pandavas to a friendly game of dice against Duryodhana. When the game started he gave Yudhisthir
the chance to win a few games. Soon using his skills and the special dices made with his father's thigh bones, he won the game. Yudhisthir in the process lost his kingdom, brother and even placed his wife on stake. Whenever Yudhisthir tried to back out, he would be taunted by Shakuni and his nephews. Thus through this dubious game, Yudhisthir lost everything to his cousins. They were then forced to go on exile for thirteen years in some distant forest. They were ordered to not come under the purview of anyone i.e. they had to leave a life in a society without being recognized.
Shakuni took the side of Kauravas during the Kurukshetra battle. He was killed by Sahadev
- one of the pandav brothers in the battlefield.