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The sons of the king Dhritarashtra and one of the two rival houses in the Mahabharata. They are ultimately annihilated in the feud with their cousins the Pandavas.
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(ˈkaʊ rəˌvɑz)

(in the Mahabharata) the cousins and enemies of the Pandavas.
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The epic war between the Pandavas and Kauravas, characters from the Hindu epic 'Mahabharata', is brought alive on-screen in the Kannada film, 'Munirathna Kurukshetra', directed by Naganna.
Then who are Pandavas and Kauravas in this situation?
It almost seems as if the Mahabharata was being re-enacted in Chiniot, not the great war between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, the episode when the eldest of the Pandavas, Yudisthira, lost Draupadi, their wife in common, while gambling.
His greatest epic is the Mahabharata, a quarter of which describes in vivid detail the war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. The war did not last long.
"Of the 100 Kauravas, people only know the names of Duryodhana and Dushasan.
Like the one between Lord Ram and Raavan, between the Pandavas and Kauravas and now between the Rajputs and Khiljis." To encourage other women to sacrifice their lives, Padmaavi further says in her concluding speech, "Those who lust for our body, would not even get their hands on our shadows, our bodies will be reduced to ashes, but our pride and honour will remain immortal, and that will be the biggest defeat of Alauddin's life."
Five Pandavas conquered the 100 Kauravas, because they had Lord Shri Krishna on their side to protect them.
In fact the major plot can easily be summarized for it simply deals with the fratricidal struggle between members of the same family: on the one hand are the Kauravas, also called the one hundred sons of the old blind king, Dhritarastra; and on the other hand we have their cousins, the five Pandava brothers.
First, the existing literature cannot explain the real-life phenomenon that a property rights holder expends higher effort than a nonholder (e.g., the Kauravas expended more resources than the Pandavas in the Indian epic Mahabharata, or a host wasp spends more effort than an invader wasp, or Israel--ceteris paribus--spends more on military in the Golan Heights than Syria).
(As illustration, former BJP member Yashwant Sinha recently told a book launch gathering that in the Mahabharata, the Kauravas are 100 brothers; yet no one can remember a third brother's name, beyond Duryodhana and Dushasana.)