is as it should be.’ And Krishna and Arjuna
having sported as they liked, for some time at Prabhasa,
went to the Raivataka mountain to pass some days there.
Before they arrived at Raivataka, that mountain had,
at the command of Krishna been well-adorned by many
artificers. Much food also had, at Krishna’s
command, been collected there. Enjoying everything
that had been collected there for him, Arjuna sat with
Vasudeva to see the performances of the actors and
the dancers. Then the high-souled Pandava, dismissing
them all with proper respect, laid himself down on
a well-adorned and excellent bed. As the strong-armed
one lay on that excellent bed, he described unto Krishna
everything about the sacred waters, the lakes and
the mountains, the rivers and the forests he had seen.
While he was speaking of these, stretched upon that
celestial bed, sleep, O Janamejaya, stole upon him.
He rose in the morning, awakened, by sweet songs and
melodious notes of the Vina (guitar) and the panegyrics
and benedictions of the bards. After he had gone
through the necessary acts and ceremonies, he was
affectionately accosted by him of the Vrishni race.
Riding upon a golden car, the hero then set out for
Dwaraka, the capital of the Yadavas. And, O Janamejaya,
for honouring the son of Kunti, the city of Dwaraka,
was well-adorned, even all the gardens and houses
within it. The citizens of Dwaraka, desirous of
beholding the son of Kunti, began to pour eagerly
into the public thoroughfares by hundreds of thousands.
In the public squares and thoroughfares, hundreds and
thousands of women, mixing with the men, swelled the
great crowd of the Bhojas, the Vrishnis, and the Andhakas,
that had collected there. Arjuna was welcomed
with respect by all the sons of Bhojas, the Vrishnis,
and the Andhakas. And he, in his turn, worshipped
those that deserved his worship, receiving their blessings.
The hero was welcomed with affectionate reception
by all the young men of the Yadava tribe. He
repeatedly embraced all that were equal to him in age.
Wending then to the delightful mansion of Krishna
that was filled with gems and every article of enjoyment,
he took up his abode there with Krishna for many days.’”
“Vaisampayana said, ’O best of monarchs,
within a few days after this, there commenced on the
Raivataka mountain, a grand festival of the Vrishnis
and the Andhakas. At the mountain-festival of
the Bhojas, the Vrishnis and the Andhakas, the heroes
of those tribes began to give away much wealth unto
Brahmanas by thousands. The region around that
hill, O king was adorned with many a mansion decked
with gems and many an artificial tree of gaudy hue.
The musicians struck up in concert and the dancers
began to dance and the vocalists to sing. And
the youth of the Vrishni race, endued with great energy,
adorned with every ornament, and riding in their gold-decked