The basic animal instinct



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

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26 thoughts on “The basic animal instinct

  1. Very nice take on the prompt. You are doing a great thing by letting the world know that one can relate an episode for any prompt from Mahabharata and Ramayana. There are for a reason called as mahakavyas. Kudos to your efforts.

    • @Paddy, am not doing anything like that πŸ™‚ Am just trying to correlate prompts to incidents that I am aware of from these epics that’s all πŸ™‚ Anyways, thanks for the kind words

  2. Interesting take on Mahabharata. We can relate to it so much. After all the animal instinct is present everywhere albeit in different proportions.

  3. I dint know about Pandu’s death. Keep going with more stories from the epic. it is really interesting to read. And the way you render it is too good. Keep up the good work.

  4. ok.. now your blog is helping me find the missing link of epics which i have read years ago.. sometimes i get reminded of forgotten stories, at times they are new facts for me.. anyways interesting write up..

    • @ashreyamom, glad that you are able to recollect forgotten stories via my posts, keep watching this space for more πŸ™‚

  5. Man, I didn’t know about this curse that Pandu was placed with. I always thought he died of some illness. Please do take regular classes of mythology for me. My basics aren’t clear at all. πŸ˜€

    • @Rekha, absolutely my pleasure in refreshing your memory and letting you know about the little known stories of these great epics

  6. Interesting story churned out beautifully where the characters came alive. It teaches us an important lesson on the evils of repressing sexual desires on how it can afflict society.

    • @Diwakar, well, I do try and recollect the gist of the story, and then when I decide on the topic or story to post about, I do my research and reading before I compile the post itself.

  7. Hi fellow-Hindu myth buff πŸ™‚ Good to see you going strong on the myths.

    There is one minor debatable point, however. Pandu, I think, did not renounce the Kingdom to Dhritarashtra – only appointed him Regent (Uttaradhikari) in his absence. That was the root of the problem between the cousins. Had he renounced the Kingdom Duryodhan would have been the automatic heir. As it was, the throne was in the control of Dhritarashtra whereas the Pandavas were the heirs of the King whose regent Dhritarashtra was.

    • @Suresh, agree with you on that. He didn’t renounce the throne (did I say that in my post?) but was so disenchanted due to his curse that he pretty much just decided to live the life of an asetic.

      Plus there is the point of Dhritarashtra being the elder brother as well, which would probably make the Kauravas the heirs to the throne, right, or does that go away as the father was never the King at all, just wondering.

  8. I am not familiar with Hindu myths, but still found several messages in this story. It was kind of sad that he tried so hard to not fulfill the curse’s destiny but succumbed to it anyway. Maybe the moments of pleasure were enough for him to die with peace.

    • @Jannaatwrites, am hoping that my posts have improved your familiarity with Hindu myths πŸ™‚ And yes, Pandu’s is quite a sad story, isn’t it?

    • @KymminBarcelona, well, yes, somewhat similar to the Eve and the apple story πŸ™‚ I liked the analogy that you have drawn.

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