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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.

“Thus were born unto the wise Dhritarashtra a hundred sons who were all heroes and mighty chariot-fighters, and a daughter over and above the hundred, and another son Yuyutsu of great energy and prowess begotten upon a Vaisya woman.’”

SECTION CXVI

(Sambhava Parva continued)

“Janamejaya said, ’O sinless one, thou hast narrated to me from the beginning all about the birth of Dhritarashtra’s hundred sons owing to the boon granted by the Rishi.  But thou hast not told me as yet any particulars about the birth of the daughter.  Thou hast merely said that over and above the hundred sons, there was another son named Yuyutsu begotten upon a Vaisya woman, and a daughter.  The great Rishi Vyasa of immeasurable energy said unto the daughter of the king of Gandhara that she would become the mother of a hundred sons.  Illustrious one, how is that thou sayest Gandhari had a daughter over and above her hundred sons?  If the ball of flesh was distributed by the great Rishi only into a hundred parts, and if Gandhari did not conceive on any other occasion, how was then Duhsala born.  Tell me this, O Rishi! my curiosity hath been great.”

“Vaisampayana said, ’O descendant of the Pandavas, thy question is just, and I will tell thee how it happened.  The illustrious and great Rishi himself, by sprinkling water over that ball of flesh, began to divide it into parts.  And as it was being divided into parts, the nurse began to take them up and put them one by one into those pots filled with clarified butter.  While this process was going on, the beautiful and chaste Gandhari of rigid vows, realising the affection that one feeleth for a daughter, began to think within herself, ’There is no doubt that I shall have a hundred sons, the Muni having said so.  It can never be otherwise.  But I should be very happy if a daughter were born of me over and above these hundred sons and junior to them all.  My husband then may attain to those worlds that the possession of a daughter’s sons conferreth.  Then again, the affection the women feel for their sons-in-law is great.  If, therefore, I obtain a daughter over and above my hundred sons, then, surrounded by sons and daughter’s sons, I may feel supremely blest.  If I have ever practised ascetic austerities, if I have ever given anything in charity, if I have ever performed the homa (through Brahamanas), if I have ever gratified my superiors by respectful attentions, then (as the fruit of those acts) let a daughter be born unto me.’  All this while that illustrious and best of Rishis, Krishna-Dwaipayana himself was dividing the ball of flesh; and counting a full hundred of the parts, he said unto the daughter of Suvala, ’Here are thy hundred sons.  I did not speak aught unto thee that was false.  Here, however, is one part in excess of the hundred, intended for giving thee a daughter’s son.  This part shall develop into an amiable and fortunate daughter, as thou hast desired’ Then that great ascetic brought another pot full of clarified butter, and put the part intended for a daughter into it.

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