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Śakuni of the Mahā[[bhārata]] could rival even Satan due to his villainy and craftiness. If [[Duryodhana]]’s heart was full of the raging, fire of jealousy and hatred, Śakuni was the breezy wind that spread it in his whole personality, ultimately destroying his entire race. He was the eldest son of the king Subala of the country of [[Gāndhāra]]. [[Gāndhārī]], the chief queen of the blind king Dhrtarāṣtra, was his sister. Ever since her marriage, Śakuni started living in Hastināpura, the capital of the kings of the [[Kuru]] race. He had the master-mind of an evil genius and relentlessly prodded [[Duryodhana]] in his wicked pursuits. His nefarious designs and vile deeds may briefly be listed as follows:
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* Cheating the Pāṇdavas in the game of dice
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* Advising Duryodhana to decimate the Pāṇḍavas by any and every means
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* Encouraging Duryodhana to exhibit his glory, wealth and power before the Pāṇḍavas living as recluses in the forest and so on
  
Śakuni of the Mahābhārata could rival even Satan in his villainy and craftiness. If Duryodhana’s heart was full of the raging fire of jealousy and hatred, Śakuni was the breezy wind that spread it in his whole personality, ultimately destroying his entire race.
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He also participated in the Kurukṣetra war and was killed by [[Sahadeva]] on the last day. He is said to have been born out of the anger of the devas or gods, to destroy righteousness.<ref>[[Ādiparva]] 63.111</ref> The epics and the [[purāṇas]] mention a few other Śakunis like a serpent, a demon, a king and a sage.
 
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He was the eldest son of the king Subala of the country of Gāndhāra. Gāndhārī, the chief queen of the blind king Dhrtarāṣtra, was his sister. Ever since her marriage, Śakuni started living in Hastināpura, the capital of the kings of the Kuru race.
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He had the master-mind of an evil genius and relentlessly prodded Duryo-dhana in his wicked pursuits.
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His nefarious designs and vile deeds may briefly be listed as follows: cheating the Pāṇdavas in the game of dice; advising Duryodhana to decimate the Pāṇḍavas by any and every means; encouraging Duryodhana to exhibit his glory, wealth and power before the Pāṇḍavas living as recluses in the forest and so on. He too participated in the Kurukṣetra war and was killed by Sahadeva on the last day.
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He is said to have been born out of the anger of the devas or gods, to destroy
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righteousness (Ādiparva 63.111).
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See also MAHĀBHĀRATA.
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The epics and the purāṇas mention a few other Śakunis like a serpent, a demon, a king and a sage.
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
 
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Śakuni of the Mahābhārata could rival even Satan in his villainy and craftiness. If Duryodhana’s heart was full of the raging fire of jealousy and hatred, Śakuni was the breezy wind that spread it in his whole personality, ultimately destroying his entire race.
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He was the eldest son of the king Subala of the country of Gāndhāra. Gāndhārī, the chief queen of the blind king Dhrtarāstra, was his sister. Ever since her marriage, Śakuni started living in Hastināpura, the capital of the kings of the Kuru race.
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He had the master-mind of an evil genius and relentlessly prodded Duryo-dhana in his wicked pursuits.
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His nefarious designs and vile deeds may briefly be listed as follows: cheating the Pāṇḍavas in the game of dice; advising Duryodhana to decimate the Pāṇḍavas by any and every means; encouraging Duryodhana to exhibit his glory, wealth and power before the Pāṇḍavas living as recluses in the forest and so on. He too participated in the Kurukṣetra war and was killed by Sahadeva on the last day.
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He is said to have been born out of the anger of the devas or gods, to destroy
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righteousness (Ādiparva 63.111).
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See also mahābhārata.
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The epics and the purāṇas mention a few other Śakunis like a serpent, a demon, a king and a sage.
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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== OLD CONTENT ==
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Śakuni
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Śakuni of the Mahābhārata could rival even Satan in his villainy and craftiness. If Duryodhana’s heart was full of the raging fire of jealousy and hatred, Śakuni was the breezy wind that spread it in his whole personality, ultimately destroying his entire race.
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He was the eldest son of the king Subala of the country of Gāndhāra. Gāndhārī, the chief queen of the blind king Dhrtarāṣtra, was his sister. Ever since her marriage, Śakuni started living in Hastināpura, the capital of the kings of the Kuru race.
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He had the master-mind of an evil genius and relentlessly prodded Duryo- dhana in his wicked pursuits.
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His nefarious designs and vile deeds may briefly be listed as follows: cheating the Pāṇḍavas in the game of dice; advising Duryodhana to decimate the Pāṇḍavas by any and every means; encouraging Duryodhana to exhibit his glory, wealth and power before the Pāṇḍavas living as recluses in the forest and so on. He too participated in the Kurukṣetra war and was killed by Sahadeva on the last day.
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He is said to have been born out of the anger of the devas or gods, to destroy
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righteousness (Ādiparva 63.111).
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See also MAHĀBHĀRATA.
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The epics and the purāṇas mention a few other Śakunis like a serpent, a demon, a king and a sage.
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Latest revision as of 14:33, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sakuni, Zakuni, shakuni


Śakuni of the Mahābhārata could rival even Satan due to his villainy and craftiness. If Duryodhana’s heart was full of the raging, fire of jealousy and hatred, Śakuni was the breezy wind that spread it in his whole personality, ultimately destroying his entire race. He was the eldest son of the king Subala of the country of Gāndhāra. Gāndhārī, the chief queen of the blind king Dhrtarāṣtra, was his sister. Ever since her marriage, Śakuni started living in Hastināpura, the capital of the kings of the Kuru race. He had the master-mind of an evil genius and relentlessly prodded Duryodhana in his wicked pursuits. His nefarious designs and vile deeds may briefly be listed as follows:

  • Cheating the Pāṇdavas in the game of dice
  • Advising Duryodhana to decimate the Pāṇḍavas by any and every means
  • Encouraging Duryodhana to exhibit his glory, wealth and power before the Pāṇḍavas living as recluses in the forest and so on

He also participated in the Kurukṣetra war and was killed by Sahadeva on the last day. He is said to have been born out of the anger of the devas or gods, to destroy righteousness.[1] The epics and the purāṇas mention a few other Śakunis like a serpent, a demon, a king and a sage.


References

  1. Ādiparva 63.111
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore