What happened to Amba, Ambika, and Ambalika and Why was Dhritarashtra blind

Bhishma abducting Amba, Ambika, and Ambalika

What happened to Amba, Ambika, and Ambalika?

Amba, Ambika, and Ambalika were daughters of the king of Kashi. Vichitravirya was the son of Shantanu and Satyavati and king of the Kuru Vamsha. It was time for the marriage of Vichitravirya. King of Kashi had organized a swayamvara for his daughters. In those days, marriage by abduction was permissible for Kshatriyas. Bhishmacharya defeated all the kings who had come for the swayamvara and abducted the three princesses. They were brought to Hastinapur. Amba refused to marry Vichitravirya since she was already in love with someone. She went back. Ambika and Ambalika married Vichitravirya.

Why was Dhritarashtra blind?

Vichitravirya, son of Shantanu and Satyavati was the king of Kuru Vamsha. Ambika and Ambalika were his wives. Vichitravirya died of Tuberculosis. He didn't have children who would inherit the kingdom. Sage Vyasa was Satyavati's son from Sage Parashara. She called upon Vyasa to impregnate Ambika and Ambalika so that the vamsha would continue. Vyasa was a tapaswi and had a fierce form. When he united with Ambalika she closed her eyes in fear. Because of this, their son Dhritarashtra was born blind.

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