The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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Uttara, rising up at the proper time, with a delighted heart and bearing her child in her arms, reverentially saluted the delighter of the Yadus.  Rejoicing greatly, Krishna made gifts unto the child of many valuable gems.  The other chiefs of the Vrishni race, did the same.  Then the puissant Janarddana, firmly adhering to truth, bestowed a name on the infant who was thy sire, O monarch.—­’Since this child of Abhimanyu has been born at a time when this race has become nearly extinct, let his name be Parikshit!’ Even this is what he said.  Then thy father, O king, began to grow, and gladden all the people, O Bharata.  When thy father was a month old, O hero, the Pandavas came back to their capital, bringing with them a profusion of wealth.  Hearing that the Pandavas were near, those foremost ones of the Vrishni race went out.  The citizens decked the city called after the elephant with garlands of flowers in profusions, with beautiful pennons and standards of diverse kinds.  The citizens also, O king, adorned their respective mansions.  Desirous of doing what was beneficial to the sons of Pandu, Vidura ordered diverse kinds of worship to be offered to the deities established in their respective temples.  The principal streets of the city were adorned with flowers.  Indeed, the city was filled with the hum of thousands of voices which resembled the softened roar of distant ocean waves.  With dancers all engaged in their vocation, and with the voice of singers, the (Kuru) city then resembled the mansion of Vaisravana himself.[186] Bards and eulogists, O king, accompanied by beautiful women were seen to adorn diverse retired spots in the city.  The pennons were caused by the wind to float gaily on every part of the city, as if bent upon showing the Kurus the southern and the northern points of the compass.  All the officers also of the government loudly proclaimed that that was to be a day of rejoicing for the entire kingdom as an indication of the success of the enterprise for bringing a profusion of gems and other valuables.’"[187]


Vaisampayana, said, ’Hearing that the Pandavas were near, that crusher of foes, viz., Vasudeva, accompanied by his ministers, went out for seeing them.

The Pandavas then, uniting with the Vrishnis according to the usual formalities, together entered, O king, the city named after the elephant.  With the hum of voices and the clatter of cars of that mighty host, the Earth and the welkin, and the firmament itself, became as it were entirely filled.  The Pandavas, with rejoicing hearts, accompanied by their officers and friends entered the capital, placing that treasure in their van.  Repairing, agreeably to custom, to king Dhritarashtra first, they worshipped his feet, announcing their respective names.  Those foremost ones of Bharata’s race, O chief of kings, then paid their respectful salutations to Gandhari, the daughter of Suvala and to Kunti, They next worshipped

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