by Carole Losee © 2005-2020

ELIZABETH SEEGER’S

THE FIVE SONS OF KING PANDU:

THE STORY OF THE MAHABHARATA


CHARACTERS IN THE STORY

 

The five principal characters in the book are always called the Pándavas or the sons of Pandu, but, as the story reveals, Yudhistra is the son of the God of Righteousness; Bhima is the son of the Wind-God; Arjuna is the son of the God of Heaven; Nákula and Sadeva are the sons of the twin Gods of Dawn and Twilight. Legally they are Pandu's sons, by his two wives, Kunti and Madri.

Abimanyu: Son of Arjuna and Subadra
Agni: God of Fire
Arjuna: Third son of Kunti
Ashvattama: Son of Drona
Bhima: Second son of Kunti
Bhishma: Uncle of Kuru, Pandu, and Vídura
Dharma: God of Righteousness or Justice
Dráupadi: Daughter of the King of Panchala, wife of the five Pándavas
Drona: Teacher of the Pándavas and the Kúravas
Duryodha: Eldest son of Kuru and Gandhari
Dushasa: Second son of Kuru and Gandhari
Gandhari: Wife of Kuru, mother of the Kúravas, sister of Shakuni, King of Gandhara
Indra: God of Heaven
Jumna: Son of the King of Panchala, brother of Dráupadi and of Shikandin
Karna: Son of Kunti before her marriage to Pandu
Kíchaka: Commander of Virata's army
Krishna: Nephew of Kunti, cousin of the Pándavas
Kunti: Wife of King Pandu, mother of Yudhistra, Bhima, and Arjuna
Kuru: King of the Bháratas, elder brother of Pandu and Vidura
Nákula: Elder son of Pandu's second wife, Madri
Sadeva: Twin brother of Nákula, son of Madri
Sánjaya: Trusted friend and charioteer of Kuru
Shákuni: King of Gandhara, Brother of Gandhari
Shalya: King of Madra, brother of Madri, uncle of the twins, Nákula and Sadeva
Shikandin: Son of the King of Panchala, brother of Dráupadi and of Jumna
Shiva: One of the highest gods, the Creator and Destroyer
Subadra: Sister of Krishna, wife of Arjuna, mother of Abimanyu
Surya: God of the Sun
Uttar: Youngest son of King Virata
Uttara: Daughter of King Virata, wife of Abimanyu
Vidura: Younger brother of Kuru and Pandu
Virata: King of the Matsyas
Vyasa: A great sage, kinsman and advisor of the Pándavas
Yudhistra: Eldest son of Kunti

 

Seeger, The Five Sons of King Pandu, Print edition, op. cit., pp. xvii-xviii.



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