Ambika was the daughter of king Kashya of Kashi. She was the sister of Ambalika and Amba. Her hand was won in a competition by Bhishma and she married Vichitravirya, king of Hastinapura, along with Ambalika. She was the mother of Dhritarashtra and grandmother of the Kauravas. Vichitravirya died without leaving children so the sage Vyasa, son of Satyavati (former queen dowager of Hastinapura) visited both widows and impregnated them with Vichitravirya's legal heirs. Ambika was frightened of Vyasa and kept her eyes closed. Thus, her son was born blind.
After Pandu became king, Ambika, along with Ambalika and Satyavati, went to a forest retreat where they remained for their final days.
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| Queen of Hastinapura
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