From Puru it was taken by Amurtarya, From Amurtarya
it descended to the royal Bhumisaya. From Bhumisaya
it was taken by Dushmanta’s son Bharata.
From Bharata, O monarch, it was taken by the righteous
Ailavila. From Ailavila it was taken by king Dhundumara.
From Dhundumara it was taken by Kamvoja, and from Kamvoja
it was taken by Muchukunda, From Muchukunda it was
taken by Marutta, and from Marutta by Raivata.
From Raivata it was taken by Yuvanaswa, and from Yuvanaswa
by Raghu. From Raghu it was taken by the valiant
Harinaswa. From Harinaswa the sword was taken
by Sunaka and from Sunaka by the righteous-souled
Usinara. From the last it was taken by the Bhojas
and the Yadavas. From the Yadus it was taken
by Sivi. From Sivi it descended to Pratardana.
From Pratardana it was received by Ashtaka, and from
Ashtaka by Prishadaswa. From Prishadaswa it was
received by Bharadwaja, and from the last by Drona.
After Drona it was taken by Kripa. From Kripa
that best of swords has been obtained by thee with
thy brothers. The constellation under which the
sword was born is Krittika. Agni is its deity,
and Rohini is its Gotra. Rudra is its high preceptor.
The sword has eight names which are not generally
known. Listen to me as I mention them to you.
If one mentions these, O son of Pandu, one may always
win victory. Those names then are Asi, Vaisasana,
Khadga, sharp-edged, difficult of acquisition, Sirgarbha,
victory, and protector of righteousness. Of all
weapons, O son of Madravati, the sword is the foremost.
The Puranas truly declare that it was first wielded
by Mahadeva. As regards the bow, again, O chastiser
of foes, it was Prithu who first created it. It
was with the aid of this weapon that that son of Vena,
while he governed the earth virtuously for many years,
milked her of crops and grain in profusion. It
behoveth thee, O son of Madri, to regard what the Rishis
have said, as conclusive proof. All persons skilled
in battle should worship the sword. I have now
told thee truly the first portion of thy query, in
detail, about the origin and creation of the sword,
O bull of Bharata’s race! By listening
to this excellent story of the origin of the sword,
a man succeeds in winning fame in this world and eternal
felicity in the next.’”
“Vaisampayana said, ’When Bhishma, after
having said this, became silent, Yudhishthira (and
the others) returned home. The king addressing
his brothers with Vidura forming the fifth, said,
’The course of the world rests upon Virtue,
Wealth, and Desire. Amongst these three, which
is the foremost, which the second, and which the last,
in point of importance? For subduing the triple
aggregate (viz., lust, wrath, and covetousness), upon
which of the first three (viz., Virtue, Wealth, and
Desire) should the mind be fixed? It behoveth
you all to cheerfully answer this question in words
that are true.’ Thus addressed by the Kuru
chief, Vidura, who was conversant with the science
of Profit, with the course of the world, and with
truth (that concerns the real nature of things), and
possessed of great brilliancy of intellect, spoke
first these words, recollecting the contents of the