As per the epic Mahabharata
, the Kunti Kingdom
was the kingdom of Kuntibhoja
, one of the prominent kings among the Bhoja Yadavas
, the mother of Pandavas
and the first wife of Kuru
, was the adopted daughter of the king Kuntibhoja. Her given name was Pritha and she was a sister of Vasudeva
, the father of Vasudeva Krishna
. The Kunti kingdom was neighbour to the Avanti Kingdom
. It was probably to the north of Avanti.
References in Mahabharata
The 18 tribes which fled due to attacks from Jarasandha
Jarasandha was a powerful Ancient Indian king who ruled Magadha.
- Mahabharata, Book 2, Chapter 14
The eighteen tribes of the Bhojas, from fear of Jarasandha
, have all fled towards the west; so also have the Surasenas
, the Bhadrakas, the Vodhas, the Salwas
, the Patachchavas, the Susthalas, the Mukuttas, and the Kulindas, along with the Kuntis. And the king of the Salwayana tribe with their brethren and followers; and the southern Panchalas
and the eastern Kosalas
have all fled to the country of the Kuntis. So also the Matsyas
and the Sannyastapadas, overcome with fear, leaving their dominions in the north, have fled into the southern country. And so all the Panchalas, alarmed at the power of Jarasandha
, have left their own kingdom and fled in all directions.
Kingdoms near Kuru Kingdom
Pandavas thought about selecting one among these kingdoms to spend their 13th year of exile in anonymity, forced upon them by Duryodhana.