Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Ambalika - The Mother of Pandu


Ambalika was the youngest of the Kashi princesses and was the second wife of Vichitraveerya, the half-brother of Bhishma. She was abducted from the Swaymwara (self-choice ceremony) by Bhishma along with her sisters Amba and Ambika. Finally, only she and her sister Ambika married Vichitraveerya.

After her husband died without leaving a heir, she had intercourse with sage Vyasa as per the orders of her mother-in-law Satyavati. However, she could not bear the terrible appearance of the sage and turned deathly pale during the ordeal. Because of this, her son Pandu was born with extremely pale skin.

Last Modified At: Mon Oct 18 00:39:32 2004