Ambalika (अम्बालिका) was the daughter of King of Kashi and the wife of
Vichitravirya, King of Hastinapur.
Along with her sisters
Ambaand Ambika, she was taken by force by Bhishmafrom their Swayamvara. (Bhishma challenged the assembled kings and princes and defeated them.) He presented them to Satyavatifor marriage to Vichitravirya.
After Vichitravirya's death, his mother Satyavati sent for her first born,
RishiVeda Vyasa. According to his mother's wishes, he visited both the wives of Vichitravirya to grant them a son. Ambalika was instructed by Satyavati to keep her eyes open lest she would bear a blind son like Ambika ( Dhritarashtra). She did keep her eyes open but she became pale after seeing the formidable form of the Sage. Hence her son, Panduthe father of the Pandavas, was born sickly.
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