Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1 eBook

Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
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of Oh! and Alas! Then all the celestials with Indra and the lord of treasures (Kubera) at their head sent Narada and the god of wind endued with the speed of the mind.  And these two approaching the son of Rukmini delivered unto him the message of the celestial, saying, O hero, king Salwa is not to be slain by thee!  Do thou draw back the arrow.  He is unslayable by thee in fight!  There breatheth not a person who cannot be killed by that arrow!  O thou of mighty arms, the Creator hath ordained his death at the hands of Krishna, the son of Devaki!  Let this be not falsified!—­Thereupon with a glad heart, Pradyumna withdrew that best of arrows from his excellent bow and deposited it back in his quiver.  And then, O foremost of kings, the mighty Salwa, afflicted with the arrows of Pradyumna, rose disheartened, and speedily went away.  Then O king, the wicked Salwa, thus afflicted by the Vrishnis, mounted on his car of precious metals, and leaving Dwaraka scudded through the skies!’”

SECTION XX

“Vasudeva said, ’When Salwa had left the city of the Anarttas, I returned to it, O king, on the completion of thy great Rajasuya sacrifice!  On my arrival I found Dwaraka shorn of its splendour, and, O great monarch, there were not sounds of Vedic recitation or sacrificial offering.  And the excellent damsels were all destitute of ornaments, and the gardens were devoid of beauty.  And alarmed by the aspect, I asked the son of Hridika saying, “Why is it that the men and women of the city of the Vrishnis are so woe-begone, O tiger among men?” O thou best of kings thus asked the son of Hridika (Kritavarman) relate to me in detail the invasion of the city by Salwa, and his subsequent departure from it.  And, O thou foremost of Bharatas, hearing all, even then I made up my mind to slay Salwa.  And encouraging the citizens, O best of Bharatas, I cheerfully addressed king Ahuka, and Anakdundhuvi, and the chief heroes of the Vrishni race, saying, “Do ye, O bulls among the Yadavas, stay in the city, taking every care, and know that I go to slay Salwa!  I return not to the city of Dwaravati without slaying him.  I will again come to ye having compassed the destruction of Salwa together with his car of precious metals.  Do ye strike up the sharp and middle and flat notes of the Dundhuvi so dreadful to foes!” And O thou bull of the Bharata race, thus adequately encouraged by me, those heroes cheerfully said unto me, “Go and slay the enemies!” And thus receiving the benedictions of those warriors with glad hearts, and causing the Brahmanas to utter auspicious words and bowing down to the best of the regenerate ones, and to Siva also, I set out on my car unto which were yoked the horses Saivya, and Sugriva, filling all sides with the clatter (of my wheels) and blowing that best of conchs, the Panchajanya!  And, O king, O tiger among men, accompanied by my redoubted and victorious army consisting of the four

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