In the service of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, there are 100 blasts of the Shofar. A religious Jew is expected to complete at least 100 blessings daily.
In the Hindu epic of the Mahabharata, the blind king, Dhritarashtra had 100 sons. The 100 sons were known as the “Kauravas “.
The blind king of Hastinapur, Dhritarashtra was married to Gandhari.
Gandhari took a promise that she will too share the darkness that her husband lived in. So, she wrapped a cloth over her eyes after her marriage.
One time, a sage named, Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, had come to visit Gandhari in Hastinapur.
She took care of this great saint very nicely. She saw to it that the sage had a pleasant stay in Hastinapur.
The saint was pleased with Gandhari’s hospitality and granted her a boon.
Gandhari wished to have 100 sons who would be as strong as her husband. Dwaipayan Vyasa granted her this boon.
In due course of time, Gandhari became pregnant. But two years passed by and still the baby was not born.
After being pregnant for 2 years, Gandhari gave birth to a hard piece of lifeless flesh. This flesh did not look like a baby at all.
Gandhari was shattered as she had thought that the blessings of Rishi Vyasa will be fulfilled.
She was just about to throw away the piece of flesh when Rishi Vyasa suddenly appeared in front of her and told Gandhari to arrange for 100 jars to be filled with ghee. He cut the piece of flesh into 100 pieces and placed them inside the 100 jars.
These 100 pieces of flesh, developed into 100 hundred sons, that she had so desired.
The 100 sons of Gandhari, were known as “Kauravas”.
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