The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 eBook

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the Sun, went away whither he listed.  And, O slayer of foes, it came to pass that on the evening of that day refreshing the whole world, there began to blow a pure breeze.  And in my vicinity on the base of the Himalaya mountain fresh, fragrant and fair flowers began to bloom.  And on all sides there were heard charming symphony and captivating hymns relating to Indra.  And before the lord of the celestial hosts of Apsaras and Gandharvas chanted various songs.  And ascending celestial cars, there approached the Marutas and the followers of Mahendra and the dwellers of heaven.  And afterwards, Marutvan together with Sachi and all the celestials appeared on the scene in cars yoked with horses elegantly adorned.  And at this very moment, O king, he that goeth about on the shoulders of men manifested himself unto me in excellent grace.  And I saw Yama seated on the south and Varuna and the lord of the celestials at their respective regions.  And, O foremost of men, O mighty monarch, they after having cheered me said, “O Savyasachin, behold us—­the Lokapalas—­seated.  For the performance of the task of the gods thou hast obtained the sight of Sankara.  Do thou now receive weapons from us seated around.”  Thereupon, O lord, having bowed down unto those foremost of the celestials with regard, I duly accepted those mighty weapons.  And then they recognised me as one of their own.  Afterwards the gods repaired to the quarter from whence they had come.  And that lord of the celestials, the divine Maghavan too having ascended his glorious chariot, said, “O Phalguna, thou shalt have to repair unto the celestial region.  O Dhananjaya, even before this thy arrival I knew that thou wouldst come hither.  Then I have, O best of the Bharatas, manifested myself unto thee.  As formerly thou hadst performed thy ablution in the various tirthas and now hast performed severe austerities, so thou wilt be able to repair unto the celestial regions, O Pandava.  Thou wilt, however, again have to practise extreme penance, for thou shouldst at any rate journey to heaven.  And at my command, Matali shall take thee to the celestial regions.  Thou hast already been recognised by the celestials and the celestial sages of high soul.”  Thereupon I said unto Sakra, “O divine one, be thou favourable unto me.  With the view of learning arms do I beseech thee that thou mayst be my preceptor.”  At this Indra said, “O child, having learnt weapons thou wouldst perform terrible deeds and with this object thou desirest to obtain the weapons.  However, obtain thou the arms, as thou desirest.”  Then I said, “O slayer of foes, I never would discharge these celestial weapons at mortals except when all my other arms should have been baffled.  Do thou, O lord of the celestials, grant me the celestial weapons (so that) I may hereafter obtain the regions attainable by warriors.”  Indra said, “O Dhananjaya it is to try thee
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