Mahabharat presents the story of the throne of Hastinapur, the kingdom ruled by the Kuru clan. The Kaurav and the Pandav brothers compete for rulership. Although the Kauravs’ father is the senior of the two patriarchs, Duryodhan, the eldest Kaurav, is younger thanYudhisthir, the eldest Pandav. Both Duryodhan and Yudhisthir claim to be first in line to inherit the throne.
When Bhishma asked for Gandhari‘s hand in marriage for his blind nephew Dhritarashtra, her brother Shakuni got furious. Though he agreed later, he swore to himself that he would destroy the Kuru race. He sowed the seeds of the climactic battle of Kurukshetra during the adolescence of the Kauravs and Pandavs by poisoning the mind of Duryodhan against the Pandavs. This results in the Kurukshetra War which produces conflicts of kinship and friendship, and instances of family loyalty and duty taking precedence over what is just.
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