Who killed Shakuni in Mahabharat

Why was Shakuni dissatisfied with his sister Gandhari's marriage to Dhritarashtra?

As far as I can tell, stories of Shakuni motivated by vengeance are just folklore with no basis in Hindu scripture. The Adi Parva of the Mahabharata describes Dhritarashtra's marriage to Gandhari in completely amicable terms, with Shakuni's father Suvala overcoming his reluctance to face Dhritashtra's shortcomings after considering the virtuous qualities of the men of the Kuru dynasty and Shakuni joyfully participating:

Soon after Bhishma heard from the Brahmins that Gandhari, the lovable daughter of Suvala who worshiped Hara (Shiva), had received the blessing from the deity that she would have sons for a century. After hearing this, Bhishma, the grandfather of the Kurus, sent messengers to the king of Gandhara. King Suvala initially hesitated because of the groom's blindness, however taking into account the Kurus' blood, fame and behavior, he gave Dhritarashtra and the chaste Gandhari his virtuous daughter and heard that Dhritarashtra was blind and that her parents had agreed to marry her to him out of love and respect for her future husband, blindfolded their own eyes.

Sakuni, the son of Suvala, brought his sister, endowed with youth and beauty, to the Kurus and officially passed her on to Dhritarashtra. And Gandhari was received with great respect, and the wedding was celebrated with great pomp under Bhishma's direction. And the heroic Sakuni returned to his own city after giving his sister many precious robes and receiving Bhishma's worship. And, oh you of Bharata's race, the beautiful Gandhari satisfied all the Kurus with her behavior and her respectful attention. And Gandhari, always devoted to her husband, satisfied her superiors with her good manners. and since she was chaste, she did not even refer in words to men other than her husband or such superiors.

And the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata describes how Arjuna's son Iravan kills most of Shakuni's brothers during the Mahabharata War and refutes the idea that Shakuni's siblings died in a Kuru dungeon:

The sons of Suvala, regaining their senses, rushed towards Iravat again, excited with anger. But Iravat, proud of his power and lightness of hand, approached everyone with his sword. The sons of Suvala, like him, moved with great activity and could not find an opportunity to beat this hero (on foot), despite moving on their fleet horses. When he saw him on foot, his enemies surrounded him tightly and wanted to take him prisoner. Then that enemy-breaker who saw her adjoining himself cut off both her right and left arm with his sword and tore apart her other limbs. Then their gold-adorned arms and weapons fell to the ground, and they themselves fell into the field with mutilated limbs, without life. Only Vrishava, O King, with many wounds on his person, escaped (with life) from this terrible battle that destroyed the heroes.

By the way, in revenge for Iravan's murder of the Shakuni brothers, Duryodhana told the Rakshasa (demon) Alambusha to kill Iravan as I am discussing on this issue.


I asked this question based on the following description in Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakuni). 'It is said that Ghandara was attacked in a military campaign by Bheeshma, Pandu or Shantanu's ancestors from Hastinapur. Hastinapur conquered Gandhar, killed the king Achala Suvala and imprisoned all male members of his line. He said this line was full of adharma. This included Shakuni and his 100 brothers. Since they were all sparsely fed in prison, the family decided that at least one of them could survive and gave all of the rice to Shakuni. "


Wanted to know the real story behind it.

Keshav Srinivasan ♦

@ sandeep.ganage Yes, that's why I've included the quote from Bhishma Parva, in which Iravan killed Shakuni's brothers during the Mahabharata War. So Shakuni's brothers were still alive up to that point.

Keshav Srinivasan ♦

@ sandeep.ganage By the way, I just asked a question at a time when Krishna attacked Gandhara to save a group of kings who had been imprisoned by Shakuni's uncle Nagnajit: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/7415/36 Maybe that's Shakuni caused a hatred of Krishna.