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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,884 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1.

“When Duryodhana, with various means, both secret and open, found himself incapable of destroying the Pandavas who were protected by the fates and kept alive for grave future purposes (such as the extermination of the Kuru race), then called together his counsellors consisting of Vrisha (Karna), Duhsasana and others, and with the knowledge of Dhritarashtra caused a house of lac to be constructed.  And king Dhritarashtra, from affection for his children, and prompted by the desire of sovereignty, sent the Pandavas tactfully into Varanavata.  And the Pandavas then went away with their mother from Hastinapura.  And when they were leaving the city, Vidura gave them some idea of impending danger and how they could come out of it.

’The sons of Kunti reached the town of Varanavata and lived there with their mother.  And, agreeably to the command of Dhritarashtra, those illustrious slayers of all enemies lived in the palace of lac, while in that town.  And they lived in that place for one year, protecting themselves from Purochana very wakefully.  And causing a subterranean passage to be constructed, acting according to the directions of Vidura, they set fire to that house of lac and burnt Purochana (their enemy and the spy of Duryodhana) to death.  Those slayers of all enemies, anxious with fear, then fled with their mother.  In the woods beside a fountain they saw a Rakshasa.  But, alarmed at the risk they ran of exposure by such an act the Pandavas fled in the darkness, out of fear from the sons of Dhritarashtra.  It was here that Bhima gained Hidimva (the sister of the Rakshasa he slew) for a wife, and it was of her that Ghatotkacha was born.  Then the Pandavas, of rigid vows, and conversant with the Vedas wended to a town of the name of Ekachakra and dwelt there in the guise of Brahmacharins.  And those bulls among men dwelt in that town in the house of a Brahmana for some time, with temperance and abstinence.  And it was here that Bhima of mighty arms came upon a hungry and mighty and man-eating Rakshasa of the name of Vaka.  And Bhima, the son of Pandu, that tiger among men, slew him speedily with the strength of his arms and made the citizens safe and free from fear.  Then they heard of Krishna (the princess of Panchala) having become disposed to select a husband from among the assembled princes.  And, hearing of it, they went to Panchala, and there they obtained the maiden.  And having obtained Draupadi (as their common wife) they then dwelt there for a year.  And after they became known, those chastisers of all enemies went back to Hastinapura.  And they were then told by king Dhritarashtra and the son of Santanu (Bhishma) as follows:  ’In order, O dear ones, dissensions may not take place between you and your cousins, we have settled that Khandavaprastha should be your abode.  Therefore, go ye, casting off all jealousy, to Khandavaprastha which contains many towns served by many broad roads, for dwelling there.’  And accordingly the

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