hosts of Gandharvas and Apsaras began to follow that
represser of foes, the lord of the celestials.
And ascending a car yoked with steeds, decorated with
burnished gold, and roaring like clouds, that king
of the celestials, Purandara blazing in beauty came
unto the Parthas. And having arrived (at that
place), he of a thousand eyes descended from his car.
And as soon as Yudhishthira the just saw that high-souled
one, he together with his brothers, approached that
graceful king of the immortals. And in accordance
with the ordinance that generous one duly worshipped
him of immeasurable soul, in consequence with his
dignity. And then Dhananjaya possessed of prowess,
having bowed down unto Purandara, stood before the
lord of the celestials in humble guise, like unto
a servant. And seeing the sinless Dhananjaya having
ascetic merit, bearing clotted hair, stand in humility
before the lord of celestials, Yudhishthira, the son
of Kunti; of great energy, smelt (the crown) of his
head. And beholding Phalguna (in that attitude),
he was exceedingly glad; and by worshipping the king
of the celestials, he experienced the highest bliss.
Then unto that strongminded monarch, swimming in felicity,
the intelligent lord of the celestials, Purandara,
spake, saying, Thou shalt rule the earth, O Pandava,
Blessed be thou! Do thou, O Kunti’s son,
again repair unto Kamyaka.’"That learned man
who for a year leading the Brahmacharya mode of life,
subduing his senses and observing vows, peruseth with
rapt attention this meeting of Sakra with the Pandavas,
liveth a hundred years free from disturbances, and
Vaisampayana continued, “When Sakra had gone
to his proper place, Vibhatsu together with his brothers
and Krishna, paid homage unto the son of Dharma.
Then smelling the crown of the head of that Pandava,
who was thus paying homage, (Yudhishthira) in accents
faltering on account of you, addressed Arjuna, saying
’O Arjuna, how didst thou pass this period in
heaven? And how has thou obtained the weapons,
and how also hast thou gratified the lord of the celestials?
And, O Pandava, has thou adequately secured the weapons?
Have the lord of the celestials and Rudra gladly granted
thee the weapons? And how hast thou beheld the
divine Sakra, and the wielder of Pinaka? And
how has thou obtained the weapons? And in what
manner didst thou worship (them)? And what service
hadst thou done unto that repressor of foes, the worshipful
one of a hundred sacrifices, that he said unto thee,
’By thee have I been gratified? All this,
O highly effulgent one, I wish to hear in detail.
And, O sinless one, the manner in which thou didst
please Mahadeva and the king of the celestials and,
O repressor of foes, the service thou hadst done to
the wielder of the thunder-bolt,—do thou,
O Dhananjaya, relate all this in detail.”