Pandavas the five sons of the dynastic king Pāṇḍu who were victorious in the great epic war, Mahabharata, with their cousins, the Kauravas.
A curse prevents Pandu from fathering children, however, and his wife Kunti asks the gods to father children in Pandu’s name.
As a result, the god Dharma fathers Yudhishtira, the Wind fathers Bhima, Indra fathers Arjuna, and the Ashwinis (twins) father Nakula and Sahadeva (also twins; born to Pandu’s second wife, Madri).
The enmity and jealousy that develops between the cousins forces the Pandavas to leave the kingdom when their father dies.
During their exile the five jointly marry Draupadi (who is born out of a sacrificial fire and whom Arjuna wins by shooting an arrow through a row of targets) and meet their cousin Krishna, who remains their friend and companion thereafter.
Although the Pandavas return to the kingdom, they are again exiled to the forest, this time for 12 years, when Yudhishthira loses everything in a game of dice with Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kauravas.
The feud culminates in a series of great battles on the field of Kurukshetra (north of Delhi, in Haryana state).
All the Kauravas are annihilated, and, on the victorious side, only the five Pandava brothers and Krishna survive.