day King Pandu was out hunting. A sage and his wife were also sporting in the forest in
the guise of deer. Pandu shot the male with an arrow, all ignorant of the fact that it was
a sage in disguise. Stricken to death the rishi thus cursed Pandu "Sinner, you will
meet with death the moment you taste the pleasures of the bed."
Pandu was heartbroken at this curse and
retreated to the forest with his wives after entrusting his kingdom to Bhishma and Vidura
and lived their a life of perfect abstinence.
Seeing that Pandu was desirous of off- spring,
which the rishis curse had denied him, Kunti confided to him the story of the mantra
she had received from,Durvasa.He urged Kunti and Madri to use the mantra and thus it was
that the five Pandavas were born of the gods to Kunti and Madri.
They were born and brought up in the forest
among ascetics. King Pandu lived for many years in the forest with his wives and
children.It was spring time. And one day Pandu and Madri forgot their sorrows in the
rapture of sympathy with the throbb- ing life around them, the happy flowers, creepers,
birds and other creatures of the forest.