Ambalika wife of Vichitravirya in Mahabharata

Ambalika is the daughter of the King of Kashi named King Kashya and wife of King of Hastinapur named King Vichitravirya. She had two sisters named Ambika and Amba. Ambalika’s son is King Pandu. Ambalika was also taken by force by Bhishma from their Swayamvara along with her sisters Amba and Ambika. Bheeshma presented them to Queen Satyavati for marriage to King Vichitravirya. Ambalika and Ambika spent seven years with King Vichitravirya. Later Vichitravirya was affected with tuberculosis and died from the disease.

Ambalika wife of Vichitravirya in Mahabharata


After King Vichitravirya's death, his mother Queen Satyavati sent for her first born, Rishi Veda Vyasa. She asked him to father children on the widowed queens of Vichitravirya according to the prevalent custom of Niyoga. Rishi Veda Vyasa had come from years of intense meditation and as a result, he looked tremendously unkempt. When he approached Ambika, she closed her eyes in fear. As a result the blind King Dhritrashtra was born. When he approached Ambalika, she turned pale in fear. Her son Pandu, the result of the niyoga, was born with a pale appearance.After the death of Pandu, Ambalika accompanied her mother-in-law Satyavati and sister Ambika to the forest and spent the rest of her days in spiritual retreat.



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