The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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the rising sun.  And while the unvanquished Krishna of Dasarha’s race was still engaged in his morning devotions, Duryodhana and Suvala’s son Sakuni came to him and said, ’Dhritarashtra is seated in his court, with all the Kurus headed by Bhishma and with all the kings of the earth.  They are all soliciting thy presence, O Govinda, like the celestials in heaven desiring the presence of Sakra himself,—­thus addressed, Govinda greeted them both with sweet and courteous enquiries.  And when the sun had risen a little higher, Janardana, that chastiser of foes, summoning a number of Brahmanas, made them presents of gold and robes and kine and steeds.

And after he had thus given away much wealth and taken his seat, his driver (Daruka) came and saluted that unvanquished hero of Dasarha’s race.  And Daruka soon returned with his master’s large and blazing car furnished with rows of tinkling bells and harnessed with excellent steeds.  And understanding that his handsome car adorned with every ornament and producing a rattle, deep as the rumbling of the mighty masses of clouds, was ready, the high-souled Janardana, that delighter of all the Yadavas, walking round the sacred fire and a band of Brahmanas, and putting on the gem known by the name of Kaustubha, and blazing with beauty, surrounded by the Kurus, and well-protected by the Vrishnis, mounted on it.  And Vidura, conversant with all the precepts of religion, followed on his own car that scion of Dasarha’s race, that foremost of all living creatures, that first of all persons gifted with intelligence.  And Duryodhana and Suvala’s son Sakuni also, on one car followed Krishna, that chastiser of foes.  And Satyaki and Kritavarman and the other mighty car-warriors of the Vrishni race, all rode behind Krishna on cars and steeds and elephants.  And, O king, the handsome cars of those heroes, adorned with gold and drawn by excellent steeds and each producing a loud rattle, as they moved forward, shone brilliantly.  And Kesava, endued with great intelligence, and beaming with beauty, soon came upon a broad street that had previously been swept and watered, and that was fit to be used by the highest of kings.  And when that scion of Dasarha’s race set out, cymbals began to play, and conchs began to be blown, and other instruments also to pour forth their music.  And great number of youthful heroes, foremost in the world for heroism, and possessed of lion-like prowess, proceeded, surrounding Sauri’s car.  And many thousands of soldiers, attired in a variegated dresses, bearing swords and lances and axes, marched in advance of Kesava.  And there were full five hundred elephants, and cars by thousands, that followed that unvanquished hero of Dasarha’s race while he proceeded.  And, O chastiser of foes, all the citizens of the capital, of all ages and both sexes, desirous of beholding Janardana came out into the streets.  And the terraces and balconies of the houses were so thronged by ladies that the houses were on the point of falling down

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