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Painting of Dushala, the only female Kaurava
FamilyGandhari and Dhritarashtra (parents)
Duryodhana, Dushasana, Vikarna and 97 other brothers
Yuyutsu (half-brother)
ChildrenSuratha (son), Roshni (daughter)
RelativesYudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, Sahadeva
Dushshal and her grandson meets arjuna in aswamedha war
Dushshal and her grandson meets arjuna in aswamedha war

Duhshala (Sanskrit: दुःशला), also spelt as Dushala or Dussala, also known as Sushala was the Princess of Hastinapur and the only daughter of king Dhritarashtra and Queen Gandhari and sister to Kauravas in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. She was born after her 100 Kaurava brothers and her paternal half-sibling Yuyutsu. She was married to Jayadratha the king of Sindhu. She had a son named Suratha and a daughter named Roshni[1][2]

When Jayadratha tried to kidnap and molest Draupadi and failed, Yudhisthir, Bheema, Nakul and Sahdev decided to slay him. But on Arjun's bequest that if they kill him, Dushala will be widowed, they left him alone, just shaving his head. Later Jayadratha played a vital role in getting Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna, killed in the War of Kurukhsetra to satiate his vengeance. But Arjuna, with the help of Krishna, decapitated him.

Later, during the Ashwamedha Sacrifice, the horse of the Pandavas came to Sindhu, which was then ruled by Suratha, the son of Dushala. Suratha with other archers confronted Arjuna, who slew Suratha and his army. Dushala came to the battlefield wailing with the infant son of Suratha, which shattered Arjuna with sorrow. Arjuna proclaimed the infant the king of Sindhu.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Mani 1975, p. 263.
  2. ^ "Unveiling the secret of Duhsala, the only sister of 100 Kaurava Brothers". Detechter. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  3. ^ Shalom 2017.