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Shakuni - The Sorcerer King of Gandhara by molee Shakuni - The Sorcerer King of Gandhara by molee
Shakuni - the Sorcerer king of Gandhara!!

Shakuni ruled the kingdom of Gandhara after his father, king Suvala.
In today's time, Gandhara lies in Afghanistan.

Shakuni's name means "bird" or "sparrow" and the name of his son Uluka means "owl" .For some reason many of his family members have names based on birds.

He was also conversant in 100 different illusions like the rakshasa Gatothkacha. But from what I have read it is evident hat he wasn't as skillful as the rakshasa.


a note on Shakuni from my earlier post:

Shakuni's brothers were very much alive and also fought int he Mahabharata war. Six of them Gaya, Gavaksha, Vrishava, Charmavat, Arjava, and Suka rushed towards Iravat(Arjuna's son through a Naga princess) in the battlefield but only Vrishava survived.. but he too was killed in war.
His other two brothers Achala and Vrishaka died fighting Arjuna in the battlefield.
Sakuni's brothers, Sauvala ,Vrihadvala and Vrishaka were present in Draupadi's Swayamvara as well.
Also his father - Suvala, was very much alive and was also invited to Yuddhishthira's Rajasuya Yajna, and yes he attended it.

Shakuni had even more brothers who fought in the battlefield; unfortunately I haven't taken down all their names.

But the point here is that Shakuni never had any intention of revenge against the Kauravas and no his dice was not made of his father's thigh bone. He was completely loyal to the Kauravas and always advised them in their own interest.
His brothers were not kept imprisoned in a dungeon either.
Shakuni also did not limp... such a person would never be allowed to participate in war in the first place. His legs were completely fine!
He wasn't that old either.

source: original Mahabharata
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
Very, very awesome, the stuff I want to see in fantasy = D
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GulabSingh Featured By Owner Edited Feb 18, 2015
Which one is the original Mahabharata ? I mean what is your source I want to read this version too.

As we know there are many versions are famous in our and other south eastern countries.( a famous quote : Hari Annant, Hari katha Ananta)
And each author/version is slightly different some tries to justify a particular character like an orissi writer tried to justify Shakunni why he massacre his own sister's son. If u read this version then you may get sympethise with him on the other hand he made Pandavas  & thei father Pandu villians.

And same goes with Ramayana, some makes Ravana hero, a great Patriot who wants to take every citizen of his country to heaven.
But most of them describes him as a great scholar, a person with incomaparable wisdom, knowledge & power but even though he get misguided by his own false proud(ahankar) & Obstinacy. And get destroyed whatever he made & earn from his hard work (lanka, his people & even his dear ones) from someone is exiled from his country, who has no army & considered a weak human being. But as we know that human(Rama of course) united distributed forces of beasts, Apes, monkeys, Bears etc i.e those who are considered hard or impossible to tame & killed Dashanan.

But Some like Ramachartimanas suggests he already knows that Rama is incarnation of Supreme Being & when he was unable to make a way to take every citizen to heaven then he planned that if He & others either get killed by him or get in his proximity the doors of Heaven will automatically open for them.
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molee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
By Original I mean the Mainstream Mahabharata that was written by Vyasa.
I read a direct translation by Kisari Mohan Ganguli- Supposed the first and most authentic translation of the Sanskrit Text(have compared it myself).

As for Ramayana, Valmiki's version is the original. Even Tulsi das, who wrote Ramacharitmanas gives credit to Valmiki for writing the original story.
The south east Asian versions have come from the Indian versions when Tamil kings had invaded those parts of the continent and they too recognize Mahabaharata and Ramayana to have come from India originally.

People talk of biases etc.
Honestly no can know what happened back then, so I personally prefer to read the books that are considered to be the original version and I consider them canon.
 If you read the original versions, you will find them to be much better than the rest in terms of narrative, dialogues,descriptions,personality of characters and the overall story is usually better. seriously Valmiki ramayana is waaaaay better than the rest of the versions(at least in my opinion) , same goes for Vyasa's Mahabharata.
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GeniuszSlonca Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Gandhara=Kandahar
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Observer0132 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Your Work is always awesome!
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robin11144 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
u made shakuni badass
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dragnipurrake Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
I have a doubt about the dice, weren,t they made from the bones of Jarasandh (Bheem killed him or rather torn him in two parts with his bare hands). It is said that the fear of bheem seeped into very bones of Jarasandh. So during the gamblling incident, the kauravas would pass a sly remark right before throwing the dice and when bheem would roar his defiance the dice would quiver and roll some more against his favour.

wating for your decription molee...........grand art btw.
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molee Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
not really.. shakuni was a sorcerer him-self so he could manipulate the dice with magic.
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ConstanceDHilamage Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Molee how can i get this pic in hd
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Page-Mistress Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
...I feel like I should be backing away slowly from this guy.
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Devil-TheDeviant Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a better representation of Shakuni. 

The original trickster.

Nice Work
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Saturday-Hunter Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Brilliant!!! Never seen Shakuni like this.... Awesome Imagination Man......
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dazzyq Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
nice!
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rohanrpednekar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist
cool
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crazyfreak2001 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is outstanding man! Sheer brilliance. Shakuni was a Sorcerer though? I just wanted to confirm.

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mrinal-rai Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wonderful ! One more point to add: In Vana Parva, during the Chitrasena incident Shakuni suggests Duryodhana to give away the Pandavas their kingdom back.
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molee Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yes!!
i know!! and karna tells him not to..  :D
 
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wolblupi008 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist

if shakuni is not villain ..then who caused Mahabharata war ??

by the way liked shakuni expression and wardrobeClap  

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molee Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
he is a villain.. the problem is many people think otherwise.
did i write something like that?..

anyways.. thanks!!! :aww:
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parag457 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looking clever and evil 
nice work :)
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Nils-Iver Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Cool character.
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xWolverineMan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that's awesome!
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Nish1545 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Artist
Ohh didnt knew that, i just read the latest mahabharata book and some info on wiki ,btw is there any chance to find the original copy without any myths etc? Also did you used graphical tablet to draw this art?
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shankar2302 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome... the evil cunning face.. completely luv it! Excellent job! Cool Smile
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molee Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!! :D
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Nish1545 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Artist
Coolest representation on Shakuni with the Dice's made from his father's ash which work according to him and only himself :D
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molee Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man but the dice were not made by anybody's bones :)
that's a false myth created later..
i'll write the details in the description then.
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