The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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Vaisampayana continued,—­’Hearing these words, Sakuni ready with the dice, adopting unfair means, said unto Yudhishthira.  ‘Lo, I have won!’

Yudhishthira said,—­“I have thousands of serving-men, skilled in waiting upon guests, always attired in silken robes, endued with wisdom and intelligence, their senses under control though young, and decked with ear-rings, and who serve all guests night and day with plates and dishes in hand.  With this wealth, O king, I will stake with thee!’”

Vaisampayana continued,—­“Hearing these words, Sakuni, ready with the dice, adopting unfair means said unto Yudhishthira, ‘Lo, I have won!’

“Yudhishthira said,—­’I have, O son of Suvala, one thousand musty elephants with golden girdles, decked with ornaments, with the mark of the lotus on their temples and necks and other parts, adorned with golden garlands, with fine white tusks long and thick as plough-shafts, worthy of carrying kings on their backs, capable of bearing every kind of noise on the field of battle, with huge bodies, capable of battering down the walls of hostile towns, of the colour of new-formed clouds, and each possessing eight she-elephants.  With this wealth, O king, I will stake with thee.’”

Vaisampayana continued,—­“Unto Yudhishthira who had said so, Sakuni, the son of Suvala, laughingly said, ‘Lo, I have won it!’

Yudhishthira said,—­’I have as many cars as elephants, all furnished with golden poles and flag-staffs and well-trained horses and warriors that fight wonderfully and each of whom receiveth a thousand coins as his monthly pay whether he fighteth or not.  With this wealth, O king, I will stake with thee!’”

Vaisampayana continued,—­“When these words had been spoken, the wretch Sakuni, pledged to enmity, said unto Yudhishthira, ‘Lo, I have won it.’

Yudhishthira said.—­’The steeds of the Tittiri, Kalmasha, and Gandharva breeds, decked with ornaments, which Chitraratha having been vanquished in battle and subdued cheerfully gave unto Arjuna, the wielder of the Gandiva.  With this wealth, O king, I will stake with thee.”

Vaisampayana continued, “Hearing this, Sakuni, ready at dice, adopting unfair means, said unto Yudhishthira:  ‘Lo, I have won!’

Yudhishthira said,—­’I have ten thousand cars and vehicles unto which are yoked draught animals of the foremost breed.  And I have also sixty thousand warriors picked from each order by thousands, who are all brave and endued with prowess like heroes, who drink milk and eat good rice, and all of whom have broad chests.  With this wealth, O king, I will stake with thee.’

Vaisampayana continued,—­“Hearing this, Sakuni ready at dice, adopting unfair means said unto Yudhishthira, ‘Lo, I have won!’

Yudhishthira said,—­’I have four hundred Nidis (jewels of great value) encased in sheets of copper and iron.  Each one of them is equal to five draunikas of the costliest and purest leaf gold of the Jatarupa kind.  With this wealth, O king, I will stake with thee.’”

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