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Shakuni – Story of Shakuni Mama in the Mahabharat

Shakuni was the son of King Subala of Gandhara. He was the brother of Gandhari, mother of the Kauravas. Thus he was uncle to Duryodhana and other Kaurava brothers. Due to this reason he is known as Shakuni Mama. ‘Mama’ means uncle.

Shakuni is believed to be a manifestation of Dvapara, dice personified. Thus he is the manifestation of the vice called dice.

When Gandhari decided to become blindfolded, it was Shakuni who brought her to Hastinapura. He witnessed the marriage ceremony between Gandhari and Dhrthirashtra.

He constantly poisoned the ears of Duryodhana to incite enmity between Kauravas and Pandavas.

He was an expert in dice; he played on behalf of Duryodhana against Yudhishthira and won everything that the Pandavas had.

In the great Mahabharata war, Shakuni witnessed all his brothers and sons getting killed.

He was killed by Sahadeva, the youngest of the Pandavas.