The story starts with King Bharat choosing a commoner as the crown
prince. He felt that his nine sons were not suitable.
King Shanthanu marries Ganga.
Ganga gives birth to 7 chidren, and releases them from their curse,
by immediately drowning them.
The 8th Child lives to fulfill his curse. (He is Devarata)
Ganga returns Devarata to Shanthanu. One day while riding Devarat
defends Hastinapur from the the aggressive Shalva King
Shanthanu meets Sathiyavathi. Shanthanu
asks Sathiyavthi’s father Dasrat for his daughter’s
hand. Dasrat wants his grandson to be the crown prince. Shanthanu
refuses this proposal. Devarat goes to is this Dasrat? and
takes an oath that he will be a bachelor and make Sathiyavathi.s
son the crown prince. (Bhishmas oath)
Sathiyavathi names Devarath as Bhisma. Bhisma takes another oath
that he will serve anyone who ascends the thrown of Hastinapur Sathiyavathi
gives birth to two sons Chitrangan and Vichitraveerya
Chitrangan was crowned as the king. He died in a war. Then Vichitraveerya
was crowned as the king. Kasi king’s three daughters(Ambika,
Ambalika, Amba) were getting married, He did not want to invite
Vichitraveerya, the king of Hastinapur. Bhisma arrives at Kasi and
takes all three princes to Hazthinapur. Shalva king stops Bhisma
on the way. Bhisma defeats him. Amba tells Sathiyavathi that she
wanted to marry Shalva Kumar, the Shalva King. Bhisma sends her
back to Shalva Kumar but he refuses to accept her. So she returns
to Hastinapur. and said that Bhisma should marry her. But Bhisma
refused,since he was bound by an oath.of celibacy. Amba takes an
oath that she will be the cause of Bhisma’s death and leaves.
Vichitraveerya died of illness. Sathyavathi wanted Bhisma to marry
Vivhitraveerya’s wives. But he refuses. Sathyavathi calls
Viyasar who is her eldest son, born to Parasar(this happened when
Sathyawati was a young girl helping her boatman father in rowing
peole across the river). Sage Viyasa was in the jungle doing meditation
(Tapas);Sathyavathi asked Viyasar to use his powers to grant children
to Ambika and Ambalika. Viyasar tells her to wait for one year,
but Sathyavathi insists it be done immediately.. When Ambika sees
Viyasar she closed her eyes out of fear.Her child is born blind.
While Ambalika gets scared when she sees Viyasar. Hence her child
will not be healthy. The maid has a healthy baby. Dhiritharastra,
Pandu and Vidur are born.to Ambika, Ambalika and the maid respectively.
Dhirithararata gets married to Gandari and Pandu gets married to
Kunti. When Kunthi was a young girl Sage Duruvasar gives Kunthi
a manthra to summon any god from heaven. She tests the manthra on
the sun god. The Sun god comes and gives her a son called Karna.How
ever she abandons Karna as a baby to avoid getting a bad name. Pandu
extended the borders of Hastinapur. He takes the hand of Madri as
his second wife. Pandu and Madiri go horse riding. They meet Rishi
Kindam. Sage Kindam blesses Kunthi and Madiri to have good sons.