The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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the Pandavas, respectfully saluting each other, left the delightful banks of the Bhagirathi and went wheresoever they desired.  Then, O Bharata, the Pandavas going to Utkochaka, the sacred asylum of Dhaumya installed Dhaumya as their priest.  And Dhaumya, the foremost of all conversant with the Vedas, receiving them with presents of wild fruits and (edible) roots, consented to become their priest.  And the Pandavas with their mother forming the sixth of the company, having obtained that Brahmana as their priest regarded their sovereignty and kingdom as already regained and the daughter of the Panchala king as already obtained in the Swayamavara.  And those bulls of the Bharata race, having obtained the master Dhaumya as their priest, also regarded themselves as placed under a powerful protector.  And the high-souled Dhaumya, acquainted with the true meaning of the Vedas and every rule of morality, becoming the spiritual preceptor of the virtuous Pandavas, made them his Yajamanas (spiritual disciples).  And that Brahmana, beholding those heroes endued with intelligence and strength and perseverance like unto the celestials, regarded them as already restored, by virtue of their own accomplishments to their sovereignty and kingdom.  Then those kings of men, having had benedictions uttered upon them by that Brahmana, resolved to go, accompanied by him, to the Swayamvara of the Princess of Panchala.’”

SECTION CLXXXVI

(Swayamvara Parva)

“Vaisampayana said, ’Then those tigers among men—­those brothers—­the five Pandavas, set out for Panchala to behold that country and Draupadi and the festivities (in view of her marriage).  And those tigers among men—­those oppressors of all enemies—­in going along with their mother, saw on the way numerous Brahmanas proceeding together.  And those Brahmanas who were all Brahmacharis beholding the Pandavas, O king, asked them, ‘Where are ye going to?  Whence also are ye come?’ And Yudhishthira replied unto them, saying, ’Ye bulls among Brahmanas, know ye that we are uterine brothers proceeding together with our mother.  We are coming even from Ekachakra.’  The Brahmanas then said, ’Go ye this very day to the abode of Drupada in the country of the Panchalas.  A great Swayamvara takes place there, on which a large sum of money will be spent.  We also are proceeding thither.  Let us all go together.  Extraordinary festivities will take place (in Drupada’s abode).  The illustrious Yajnasena, otherwise called Drupada, had a daughter risen from the centre of the sacrificial altar.  Of eyes like lotus-petals and of faultless features endued with youth and intelligence, she is extremely beautiful.  And the slender-waisted Draupadi of every feature perfectly faultless, and whose body emitteth a fragrance like unto that of the blue lotus for two full miles around, is the sister of the strong-armed Dhrishtadyumna gifted with great prowess—­the (would-be) slayer of Drona—­who

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