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Mahabharata – Adi Parva – Svayamvara Parva – 184-192

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Svayamvara Parva – Continued

Return of Dhrishtaduymna

1Vaishampayana said: When the two Kuru princes (Bhima and Arjuna) went towards the potter’s house, the Panchala prince Dhrishtaduymna followed them.
2Having sent away all his attendants, he concealed himself unknown to the Pandavas in a place somewhere near the house of the potter.
3That grinder of foes, Bhima and Jishnu (Arjuna) and the high-souled twins returned in the evening from their begging tour; and they cheerfully offered everything to Yudhishthira.
4Thereupon the kind Kunti thus spoke to the daughter of the Panchala king, “O amiable girl, first take a portion of this (food) and offer it to the gods and give it away to the Brahmanas.
5-6Feed (also) those that are hungry and give it to those that are our guests. Divide the rest into two portions. O amiable girl, give the half to Bhima, for this strong youth with fair complexion, a man like a king of elephants, this hero always eats much. Divide the other half into six equal parts, four for these youths (Yudhishthira, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva) one for myself and the other for you.
7Vaishampayana said: Having these excellent words of her mother-in-law, the chaste princess, then cheerfully did all that she was directed to do. And they then all partook of the food.
8Then the son of Madri, the ascetic Sahadeva, spread on the ground a bed of Kusha grass; thereupon those heroes all spread on it their deer-skins and then they laid themselves down to sleep.
9The foremost of Kura princes laid themselves down with their heads towards the south. Kunti laid herself down along the line of their heads and Krishna (Draupadi) along that of their feet.
10Through she lay on Kusha grass and in the ground, like the nether pillow of the sons of Pandu, yet she felt no grief in her heart or any disrespect for those best of the Kurus.
11Then those heroes began to talk to one another on celestials weapons, cars, elephants, swords, arrows and battle axes. Their conversations were varied and were exceedingly interesting.
12The son of the Panchala king (Dhrishtaduymna) heard all that they said in their conversations; and all the men saw Krishna (Draupadi) in that state.
13(As soon as morning came), the prince Dhrishtaduymna set out in great haste towards the palace in order to report to the king Drapada in detail what he had heard in the night as talked by those heroes among one another.
14The Panchala king was sad, because he did not know that those that had taken away his daughter were the Pandavas. The illustrious (king) asked Dhrishtaduymna in his return, “Where has Krishna gone? By whom has she been taken away?
15Has any Shudra, or any man of low birth, or any tribute paying Vaishya placed his dirty feet on my head (by taking her away)? Has the garland of flowers been thrown away on a burning place for dead bodies?
16O son, has any Kshatriya of high birth, or any one of the superior order (Brahmana) obtained my daughter? Has a man of low birth placed his left foot on my head by winning Krishna?
17I shall not be sorry, but shall be very much pleased if my daughter has been united with that best of men, Partha. O illustrious one, tell me truly who has today taken away my daughter?
18Are the sons of that foremost of the Kurus, Vichitravirya’s son (Pandu), alive? Was he Partha who took up the bow and shot the mark?”

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