Who was Ambalika from the epic Mahabharata and what did she do?

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Who was Ambalika from the epic Mahabharata and what did she do?

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Published on 8 Feb 2023

Ambalika was a queen in Hindu mythology, appearing in the epic Mahabharata. She was the daughter of the king of Kashi and the wife of King Vichitravirya of Hastinapura. Ambalika was known for her beauty and was chosen by King Vichitravirya's father, King Shantanu, to be his son's wife. However, during the wedding night, King Vichitravirya became very ill, and Ambalika became frightened and pale with fear, which resulted in the birth of a son named Pandu who had a pale complexion.

Later, Ambalika and her sister-in-law Queen Ambika, were asked to produce children for King Vichitravirya who was childless and ill. Ambalika chose to have a son through a sage named Vyasa, while her sister chose to have a son through King Vichitravirya himself. Ambalika's son was named Bhishma, who was one of the central characters in the Mahabharata and was known for his strength and bravery. Ambalika was a respected queen and played a significant role in the Kuru dynasty and the Kurukshetra War.

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