Your grandparents might have told you several interesting stories from Mahabharata, one of two greatest and major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Mahabharata is a classic tale of the Kurukshetra War that was a dynastic struggle between Pandava and Kaurava princes for the throne of Hastinapura, the kingdom ruled by the Kuru clan. There are many love stories in this great epic. While some love stories are very famous, there are some, which are known by very few people. Here I am going to tell you 10 unread or lesser known love stories from Mahabharata.
1. Matsyagandha (Satyavati) and Parashara
Matsyagandha was the daughter of a fisherman. She was a beautiful girl but has the smell of fish. She used to take people across the Yamuna River in the ferry. One day she was taking Rishi Parashara Muni in her ferry. The sage was attracted by the beautiful woman Matsyagandha. He expressed her desire to love her. The liaison gave a birth of a child boy who became famous as Ved Vyas. The sage also granted her a musky boon as he has promised before the wedlock. Thereafter she was known as names like Satyavati (pure fragrance) and Yojanagandha (one whose fragrance is spread for a yojana, 8-9 miles).
2. Satyavati and Shantanu
King Shantanu was captivated by the amazing fragrance and beauty of Satyavati, a daughter of Fisherman. He madly fell in love with her. While the king proposed her to marry she said that she was ready but would be bound by her father's decision. Her father had ambitious plans and became ready to the marriage of Shantanu and Satyavati on condition that their children inherit the throne. The king denied but his eldest son Devavrata made the thing easier and made it possible the marriage.
3. Dhritarashtra and Gandhari
The love story of Gandhari and Dhritarashtra is very inspiring that is all about a great sacrifice. The love story between them started after their marriage. When Gandhari met Dhritarashtra for the first time after marriage she realized that her husband is blind. Then she voluntarily decided to blindfold herself for the entire married life.
4. Krishna and Gopi
The love story of Krishna and 16108 Gopiyas (girls) is very fascinating. It is said that there were 16000 Gopiyas who reincarnated to get married to Lord Krishna.
5. Krishna and Rukmini
Rukmini was the daughter of Bhishmaka, the King of Vidarbha. She had heard much of Lord Krishna's charm, greatness, virtue, and character. She fell in love with him madly. The brother of Rukmini did not want the marriage of her sister and Krishna. Krishna abducted Rukmini and ride away in a chariot to be married.
6. Draupadi and Pandavas
Draupadi, also known as Panchali was the wife of all five Pandavas brothers. It was very challenging task for her to maintain her commitment towards to each of her husband.
7. Arjun and Uloopi
Uloopi was Naga princes. She met Arjun and fell in love with him while Arjun was in exile for one year. She abducted Arjun and convinced him to marry. She had a son with him, Iravan.
8. Arjun and Chitrangada
Very few people know about the love story of Arjun and Chitrangada. Chitrangada was the princess of Manipur. Arjun met her on the banks of the River Kaveri in Manipur. He fell in love with her because of her exceptional beauty. Arjun asked her father Chitravahana (the King of Manipur) for her hand.
9. Arjun and Subhadra
Subhadra was the younger sister of Lord Krishna and Balarama. During his exile of one year, Arjun reached Dwarka. There he met Subhadra. Both fell in love with each other. Arjun kidnapped Subhadra to marry. Krishna supported Arjun to abduct Subhadra for marriage because Balarama was against. Arjun and Subhadra were the parents of brave Abhimanyu.
10. Bhima and Hidimbi
Hidimbi was the sister of a very powerful Rakshasa and man-eater Hidimba. She was asked by her brother to lure the Bhima into getting eaten. She met Bhima and fell in love with him. She told all the truth to Bhima. Then Bhima met Hidimba and killed him. After killing Hidimba, he married Hidimbi on the advice of her mother Kunti.