The fact that in the Mahabharata, Gandhari had 100 sons is pretty well known. Once, Sage Vyasa came to visit Gandhari in Hastinapur. Indeed, Gandhari took great care of the comforts of the saint and tried to ensure that he had a pleasant stay in Hastinapur. The saint, pleased with Gandhari, granted her a boon. Gandhari expressed her wish for a 100 sons who could be as powerful as her husband. Vyasa, in turn, granted her the boon, and in due course of time, Gandhari was pregnant. However, even though two years had passed, still the baby remained unborn. Then, one day, Gandhari gave birth to a hard piece of lifeless flesh that was not a baby at all. Gandhari was devastated as she had expected a hundred sons according to the blessing of Rishi Vyas. Gandhari was about to throw away the piece of flesh, but Rishi Vyas, a sage who classified the Vedas and is also generally considered the author of the Mahabharata appeared and told her that she would indeed but the mother of 100 sons.
Rishi Vyas took the flesh, cut it into one pieces and placed them each in the jars and filled the content with some unknown substance (some say it was oil, others think it was clarified butter). On Gandhari’s request of a daughter, the pieces were cut into 101. When the jars were opened after nine months something very strange happened.
Inside the first jar was a first baby, who was named "Duryodhana", or "the unconquerable one" as well as the one "difficult to fight with". After that all of the jars exploded and thereby giving birth to 100 babies at once. Now Gandhari had one hundred sons and a daughter called Duhsala.
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