The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 3 eBook

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Satyaki, followed the Kurus.  The eldest uncle of Pritha’s son, O Bharata, accompanied by Gandhari, proceeded at the head of the train, upon a vehicle borne on the shoulders of men.  The other ladies of the Kuru household, as also Kunti and Krishna, all proceeded on excellent vehicles, headed by Vidura.  Behind followed a large number of cars and elephants decked with ornaments, and foot-soldiers and steeds.  His praises chanted by sweet-voiced panegyrists and bards, the king proceeded towards the city called after the elephant.  The progress, O mighty-armed one, of king Yudhishthira, became so beautiful that its like had never been on earth.  Teeming with healthy and cheerful men, thy busy hum of innumerable voices was heard there.  During the progress of Pritha’s son, the city and its streets were adorned with gay citizens (all of whom had come out for honouring the king).  The spot through which the king passed had been decked with festoons of flowers and innumerable banners.  The streets of the city were perfumed with incense.  The place was overlaid with powdered perfumes and flowers and fragrant plants, and hung over with garlands and wreaths.  New metallic jars, full of water to the brim, were kept at the door of every house, and bevies of beautiful maidens of the fairest complexion stood at the particular spots.  Accompanied by his friends, the son of Pandu, adored with sweet speeches, entered the city through its well-adorned gate.’”


“Vaisampayana said, ’At the time the Parthas entered the city, thousands upon thousands of the citizens came out to behold the sight.  The well-adorned squares and streets, with crowd swelling at each moment looked beautiful like the ocean swelling at the rise of the moon.  The large mansions that stood on the street-sides, decked with every ornament and full of ladies, seemed to shake, O Bharata, with their weight.  With soft and modest voices they uttered the praises of Yudhishthira, of Bhima and Arjuna, and of the two sons of Madri.  And they said, ’Worthy of all praise art thou.  O blessed princess of Panchala, that waitest by the side of those foremost of men even like Gautami by the side of the (seven) Rishis.  Thy acts and vows have borne their fruits, O lady!’ In this strain, O monarch, the ladies praised the princess Krishna.  In consequence of those praises, O Bharata, and their speeches with one another, and the shouts of joy (uttered by the men’ ), the city became filled with a loud uproar.  Having passed through the streets with such behaviour as befitted him, Yudhishthira then entered the beautiful palace (of the Kurus) adorned with every ornament.  The people belonging to the city and the provinces, approaching the palace, uttered speeches that were agreeable to his ears, ’By good luck, O foremost of kings, thou hast vanquished thy enemies, O slayer of foes!  By good luck, thou hast recovered thy kingdom through virtue and prowess.  Be, O foremost

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