The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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“The Pandavas, too, entering that amphitheatre, sat with the Brahmanas and beheld the unequalled affluence of the king of the Panchalas.  And that concourse of princes, Brahmanas, and others, looking gay at the performances of actors and dancers (large presents of every kind of wealth being constantly made), began to swell day by day.  And it lasted, O king, several days, till on the sixteenth day when it was at its full, the daughter of Drupada, O thou bull of the Bharata race, having washed herself clean entered the amphitheatre, richly attired and adorned with every ornament and bearing in her hand a dish of gold (whereon were the usual offerings of Arghya) and a garland of flowers.  Then the priest of the lunar race—­a holy Brahmana conversant with all mantras—­ignited the sacrificial fire and poured on it with due rites libations of clarified butter.  And gratifying Agni by these libations and making the Brahmanas utter the auspicious formula of benediction, stopped the musical instruments that were playing all around.  And when that vast amphitheatre, O monarch, became perfectly still, Dhrishtadyumna possessed of a voice deep as the sound of the kettledrum or the clouds, taking hold of his sister’s arm, stood in the midst of that concourse, and said, with a voice loud and deep as the roar of the clouds, these charming words of excellent import, ’Hear ye assembled kings, this is the bow, that is the mark, and these are the arrows.  Shoot the mark through the orifice of the machine with these five sharpened arrows.  Truly do I say that, possessed of lineage, beauty of persons, and strength whoever achieveth this great feat shall obtain today this my sister, Krishna for his wife.’  Having thus spoken unto the assembled monarchs Drupada’s son then addressed his sister, reciting unto her the names and lineages and achievements of those assembled lords of the earth.’”


(Swayamvara Parva continued)

“Dhrishtadyumna said, ’Duryodhana, Durvisaha, Durmukha and Dushpradharshana, Vivinsati, Vikarna, Saha, and Duhsasana; Yuyutsu and Vayuvega and Bhimavegarava; Ugrayudha, Valaki, Kanakayu, and Virochana, Sukundala, Chitrasena, Suvarcha, and Kanakadhwaja; Nandaka, and Vahusali, and Tuhunda, and Vikata; these, O sister, and many other mighty sons of Dhritarashtra—­all heroes—­accompanied by Karna, have come for thy hand.  Innumerable other illustrious monarchs all bulls among Kshatriyas—­have also come for thee.  Sakuni, Sauvala, Vrisaka, and Vrihadvala,—­these sons of the king Gandhara—­have also come.  Foremost of all wielders of weapons—­the illustrious Aswatthaman and Bhoja, adorned with every ornament have also come for thee.  Vrihanta, Manimana, Dandadhara, Sahadeva, Jayatsena, Meghasandhi, Virata with his two sons Sankha and Uttara, Vardhakshemi, Susarma, Senavindu, Suketu with his two sons Sunama and Suvarcha, Suchitra, Sukumara, Vrika, Satyadhriti,

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