Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - In Mahabharata there is a very interesting legend about the Kauravas who were 100 sons of the King of Hastinapur, Dhritarashtra, and his wife Gandhari.
Unless we dismiss the story as pure fiction, the legend of Kauravas raises many thought-provoking questions. How could Gandairi give birth to 100 children on the same day? Why were all 100 babies taken out of their jars all at once?
The event happened 7,000 years ago and the birth of King Hastinapur’s 100 sons is truly unusual to say the least.
Were people in ancient India familiar with cloning and test tube babies? It certainly does sound remarkable, but if true, it wouldn't be the first time we encounter ancient sophisticated knowledge in India that has somehow been “neglected” by modern science.
Legend Of The Kauravas Babies
The legend of the Kauravas babies tells of how once upon a time, a sage came visit Gandhari in Hastinapur, a town in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
King of Hastinapur, Dhritarashtra, and his wife Gandhari. After Gandhari was married to Dhritarashtra, she wrapped a bandage over her eyes and vowed to share the darkness that her husband lived in. Image credit: The Great Indian Epic
Being a good hostess, Gandhari did all she could to make sure the great sage had a pleasant visit in the town. The saint was content with Gandhari and granted her a favor. Gandhari replied by saying she wished to have 100 sons who would be as powerful as her husband. Vyasa granted her the boon and in due course of time Gandhari found herself to be pregnant.
However, after two years had passed the baby was still not born and instead she gave birth to a hard piece of lifeless flesh.
Gandhari was devastated and disappointed. Her wish had not been fulfilled and she wanted to throw away the flesh, but Rishi Vyas, a sage who classified the Vedas and is also generally considered the author of the Mahabharata 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. All the children grew up to be strong and powerful.
Evidence Of Ancient Cloning?
"No woman can give birth to 100 children in her lifetime, that too all males and of the same age," B G Matapurkar, a surgeon with the Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi told a conference organised by the southern chapter of the All India Biotech Association.
Rishi Vyas, a sage who classified the Vedas and is also generally considered the author of the Mahabharata. Image credit. srimadbhagavatam.org
Matapurkar, who holds a US patent on organ regeneration technique that he developed 10 years ago, says he was thrilled when he stumbled upon a verse in the Mahabharata in the chapter titled "Adiparva" that actually describes how the Kauravas were created from a single embryo from Gandhari.
Matapurkar believes that according to the description in the Mahabharata the Kauravas were created by splitting a single embryo into 100 parts and growing each part in a separate kund or container.
If this is true, it means people in India were familiar very advanced science such as cloning in very ancient times.
Mahabharata is filled with many fascinating stories, and this was one of them.
About the author: Ellen Lloyd – is the owner of AncientPages.com and an author who has spent decades researching ancient mysteries, myths, legends and sacred texts, but she is also very interested in astronomy, astrobiology and science in general.