The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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there were one hundred thousand.  Of cars there were as many, and of carts, too as many, and of she-elephants as many.  Of mules and men the number was untold.  That wealth which Yudhishthira caused to be dugout was even so much.  Sixteen thousand coins were placed on the back of each camel; eight thousand on each car; four and twenty thousand on each elephant; (while proportionate loads were placed on horses and mules and on the backs, shoulder and heads of men).  Having loaded these vehicles with that wealth and once more worshipping the great deity Siva, the son of Pandu set out for the city called after the elephant, with the permission of the Island-born Rishi, and placing his priest Dhaumya in the van.  That foremost of men, viz., the royal son of Pandu, made short marches everyday, measured by a Goyuta (4 miles).  That mighty host, O king, afflicted with the weight they bore, returned, bearing that wealth, towards the capital, gladdening the hearts of all those perpetuators of the Kuru race.’”


“Vaisampayana said, ’Meanwhile, Vasudeva of great energy accompanied by the Vrishnis, came to the city called after the elephant.  While leaving that city for returning to his own Dwaraka, he had been requested by the son of Dharma to come back.  Hence, knowing that the time fixed for the horse-sacrifice had come, that foremost of men came back (to the Kuru capital).  Accompanied by the son of Rukmini, by Yuyudhana, by Charudeshna, by Samva, by Gada, by Kritavarman, by the heroic Sarana, by Nisatha, and by the Unmukha, Vasudeva came with Valadeva at the head of the train, with Subhadra also accompanying him.  Indeed, that hero came for seeing Draupadi and Uttara and Pirtha and for comforting those Kshatriya ladies of distinction who had been bereft of many of their protectors.  Beholding those heroes come, king Dhritarashtra, as also the high-souled Vidura, received them with due honours.  That foremost of men, viz., Krishna of great energy, well adored by Vidura and Yuyutsu, continued to reside in the Kuru capital.  It was while the Vrishni heroes, O Janamejaya, were residing in the Kuru city, O king, that thy sire, that slayer of hostile heroes, was born.  The royal Parikshit, O monarch, afflicted by the Brahma weapon (of Aswatthaman), upon coming out of the womb, lay still and motionless, for life he had not.  By his birth he had gladdened the citizens but soon plunged them into grief.  The citizens, learning of the birth of the prince, uttered a leonine shout.  That noise proceeded to the utmost verge of every point of the compass.  Soon, however, (when it was known that the prince was bereft of life), that noise ceased.  With great haste Krishna, his senses and mind considerably affected, with Yuyudhana in his company, entered the inner apartments of the palace.  He beheld his own paternal aunt (Kunti) coming, loudly weeping and calling upon him repeatedly.  Behind her were Draupadi

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