Mahabharata is one of the most renowned epics of India. It conveys an extraordinary example of morality, the difference between the good and bad deeds and their outcomes.
There are some exemplary women characters in Mahabharata who are the epitome of courage, elegance, beauty and intelligence.
Even in today's world, these women characters can be taken as ideal examples as to how a woman must lead her life with courage.
These women were ahead of their time and were bold enough to put forth their voices against the male-dominating society. These characters teach us some of the greatest lessons in life of how to be outspoken, courageous, faithful, devoted, etc.
Hence, this article enlightens us about the most beautiful women of the epic Mahabharata.
Read on to get the brief details about each of them:
Draupadi or "Panchali" was one among the 9 most beautiful women of Mahabharata. She was the daughter of the emperor of Panchala, King Drupada. Draupadi played an exceptional role in the second half of Mahabharata.
Arjuna acquired Draupadi at her "Swayamvara" and finally she became the common wife of all the five Pandavas. She worshipped and admired Sri Krishna who rescued her from humiliation when she was being undressed in the assembly of Kauravas.
Urvashi was a beautiful nymph in Indra's "Darbaar" and was among the most beautiful women of Mahabharata. She loved Arjuna and tried to allure him with her charm. However, when Arjuna refused her advances, she became furious and cursed Arjuna that he would be devoid of his manhood. Urvashi was the most fearless woman during that period who frankly expressed her desires to a man.
Kunti was also among the 9 most beautiful women of Mahabharata. She had a child before her marriage, so she was believed to be quite advanced during that epoch.
Karna, was her son and Sun God was his father. However, it was in a very young age that Kunti called upon the Sun God in a playful mind and was blessed with a son. Later she realised that it may be a disgrace for her and her family.
So she discarded her child and let him float in a river by putting him in a basket.
Ganga is one of the most beautiful women of Mahabharata. She was King Shantanu's first wife. Her mesmerizing beauty allured the King and he proposed Ganga.
She accepted Shantanu's proposal on 3 conditions; first, he would never ask about where she hails from; second, the King would never ask her anything about her actions, no matter how good or bad they are and would always be by her side, regardless of anything.
The third and last condition was, if he breaks any of the above 2 conditions, she would leave him at once.
Ulupi was a beautiful Naga princess who was obsessed with Arjuna and wanted to marry him. She kidnapped Arjuna after intoxicating him with some strong potions and then proposed to him.
Subhadra was the sister of Balarama and Sri Krishna. She was also one of the most beautiful women of Mahabharata.
Arjuna was besotted by Subhadra's beauty and wanted to marry her. Krishna advised Arjuna to abduct her because Balarama wanted her to get married to his favourite pupil "Duryodhana" and Krishna was against this.
Satyavati was King Shantanu's second wife who was a fisherwoman. The King got attracted to her, by her alluring beauty and musky fragrance, and fell in love with her at once. She accepted Shantanu's proposal on one condition that only her children would be the heir to the throne.
Gandhari was King Subala's daughter and when she was young she worshipped Lord Shiva. She was blessed by Shiva to have one hundred sons. Later, she was married to Dhritarashtra who was blind and when Gandhari came to know this, she also blind-folded herself.
She was one among the 9 most beautiful women of Mahabharata who sacrificed herself willingly to be blind-folded throughout her lifetime for her life partner.
Chitrangada was the beautiful daughter of Chitravahana, who was the King of Manipur. Arjuna was besotted by her beauty and was determined to marry her.
He asked the King for her hand. Chitravahana had no sons, so he accepted Arjuna's proposal on one condition that if he marries Chitrangada, he must give her son to the King to inherit his kingdom.