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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.
will achieve a great task with Gandiva, and Vasudeva also with the discus!  Give both, therefore, unto me today.’  Hearing these words, Varuna replied unto Pavaka, saying, ‘Well, I am giving them.’  He then gave that wonderful jewel of a bow that was endued with great energy.  That bow was the enhancer of fame and achievements, and was incapable of being injured by any weapon.  It was the chief of all weapons, and the grinder of them all.  And it was the smiter of hostile armies and was alone equal to a hundred thousand bows.  It was the multiplier of kingdoms, and was variegated with excellent colours.  It was well-adorned, and beautiful to behold, and without a mark of weakness or injury anywhere.  And it was always worshipped both by the celestials and the Gandharvas.  Varuna also gave two inexhaustible quivers, and he also gave a car furnished with celestial weapons and whose banner bore a large ape.  Yoked unto that car were steeds white as silver of the fleecy clouds, and born in the region of the Gandharvas, and decked with golden harness, and resembling in fleetness the wind or the mind.  And it was equipped with implement of war, and was incapable of being vanquished by the celestials or the Asuras.  Its splendour was great and the sounds of its wheels was tremendous.  It delighted the heart of every creature that looked at it.  It had been made by Viswakarman, the architect of the universe and one of the lords of creation, after severe ascetic meditation.  Its splendour, like that of the sun, was so great that no one could gaze at it.  It was the very car from which the lord Soma had vanquished the Danavas.  Resplendent with beauty, it looked like an evening cloud reflecting the effulgence of the setting sun.  It was furnished with an excellent flag-staff of golden colour and great beauty.  And there sat upon that flag-staff a celestial ape of form fierce like that of a lion or a tiger.  Stationed on high, the ape seemed bent upon burning everything it beheld.  And upon the (other) flags were various creatures of large size, whose roars and yells caused the enemy’s soldiers to faint.  Then Arjuna, accoutred in mail and armed with the sword, and his fingers cased in leathern gloves, walking round that excellent car adorned with numerous flags and bowing unto the gods, ascended it like a virtuous man riding in the celestial car that bears him to heaven.  And taking up that celestial and first of bows created by Brahman of old and called Gandiva, Arjuna was filled with joy.  And bowing unto Hutasana, Partha endued with great energy, took up the bow and strung it forcibly.  Those who heard the noise that was made while the mighty Pandava strung that bow, quaked with fear.  And having obtained that car and that bow, and the two inexhaustible quivers, the son of Kunti became glad and thought himself competent to assist at the task.  And Pavaka then gave unto Krishna a discus with an iron pole attached to a hole in the centre.  And it was a fiery weapon and became his favourite. 
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