Shakuni is one of the most intriguing characters of Mahabharat. I still cannot understand, why people seek “revenge” when it can actually spoil and destroy their own lives, let alone their enemies. This is the reason why I always think about Shakuni’s end whenever the unfortunate word “revenge” creeps into my mind. However, other than that Shakuni had more to his name in the mythological series – Mahabharat. Let us focus on 7 interesting facts:-
- His biggest enemy was Bheeshma Pitamah.
Shakuni was angry because Bheeshma was made his sister Gandhari marry a blind Dhritarashtra.
He was not against the Pandavas. His only objective was to ruin the entire family clan of Bheesma Pitamah. If you think that “villains” pray to the devil, you’re again mistaking big time for stereotypes don’t work in our epics. Unlike Gandhari, whose aradhya was Lord Krishna despite Him being on the “enemy” side, Shakuni’s aradhya, like Ravana in Ramayana, was Lord Shiva!
- Shakuni Had 2 sons – Uluka & Vrikaasur
Since Shakuni is mostly seen in Hastinapur, his own family was never given much emphasis. However, the fact remains that he had two sons – Uluka and Vrikaasur. Ulook or Uluka wanted to take his father back to Gandhara before Pandavas came from Agyatvas but, Shakuni did not go back as he wanted to sit and initiate the Kurukshetra war.
- Shakuni Was Also Called as Saubala
Shakuni’s father, the Gandhara King Subala had 100 sons and only daughter. Shakuni was the youngest son of the Gandhara clan while Gandhari was the only daughter. Although Shakuni was the last born, he was the most intelligent among all his brothers. Since he was the 100th son of Subala, he is also called as Saubala.
- Shakuni’s Dice Was Made From Ivory & Not Bones of Anybody
The Game of Dice is one of the many important chapters of Mahabharat where not only Shakuni but his magical dice too plays a vital role. There is a story that the dice which Shakuni used was made by the back/thigh bone of Shakuni’s father after he died. However, this story finds no place in Mahabharat because all these subplots were created later by different authors.
In reality, Shakuni’s dice were made of ivory and the reason why it is considered as magical because Shakuni was an illusionist, who created an illusion in front of the Pandavas and others, that he won and they lose.
- Do you know what Ved Vyas had to say about the same?
Well, he rather chose to remain mum about the whole affair. In fact, the lack of any hint about the same makes us believe that the dices were made of ivory! Ivory or ash, we cannot help but applaud the master trickster’s competence as a master player!
- Shakuni did not just have 100 nephews (Kauravas); he also had 100 brothers.
He was the youngest and last surviving brother. And, Shakuni isn’t the only name this great mastermind had. Being the 100th son of King Subal, he had earned himself another name—Saubala!
- Shakuni Has A Temple Dedicated to Him in Kerala
Although he is considered as a villain in Mahabharat, he had certain good qualities in him. These good qualities were acknowledged by the Kuravar community in the Kollam District of Kerala where there lies an ancient shrine in Pavithreswaram dedicated to him. You can see a throne in the temple which is believed to be used by Shakuni. People believe that this is the same place where Shakuni got Moksha. They think he turned into Lord Shakuni.