Pandu was the son of Ambalika and Veda Vyasa and was coronated Emperor of Hastinapur. As an emperor, Pandu conquered quite a few territories and unequivocally established his superiority over the region. He married Madri and Kunti and was living happily.
One day on a hunting trip, he mistook a holy man and his wife who were engaged in conjugal bliss for deer and shot them with an arrow. The dying sage placed a curse on Pandu. Since he had killed the couple in the act of lovemaking, he was cursed that if he ever approached a woman with the intent of making love to her, he would immediately die.
Upset with this curse, Pandu renounced his kingdom to his blind elder brother Dhritarashtra and decided to live out the rest of his life as an asetic with his wives. When Pandu expressed his despair to Kunti about having to die childless due to his curse, she used the boon which was given to her by Sage Durvasa to have three sons without having to engage in conjugal activity. She also shared the boon with Madri who had twin sons. Thus the five Pandavas were born.
After more than a few years of celibacy, one day when Kunti was away with the children, Pandu felt an extremely animalistic sexual urge to make love to Madri. Despite the fact that both of them were well aware of the curse that Pandu was under, they could not control themselves and started making love. And as the curse took effect, Pandu was immediately rendered lifeless.
Thus, the basest of animal instincts, the sexual urge finally took Pandu’s life.
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This post has been written for the Trifecta : Week Ninety Six writing challenge. The challenge was to write a post between 33 and 333 words using the following definition of animal – a human being considered chiefly as physical or non rational