with every duty, be thou gratified with the child
whose friends and kinsmen have all been slain and
who himself knows nothing of what has happened.
Do not yield to wrath. Forgetting his disreputable
and cruel grandfather, who offended against thee so
highly, it behoveth thee to show thy grace towards
this child.’ Recollecting queen Gandhari
and king Dhritarashtra, Dhananjaya, afflicted with
grief, addressed Dussala who had said so unto him,
and answered her, censuring Kshatriya practices the
while. ’Fie on Duryodhana, that mean wight,
covetous of kingdom and full of vanity! Alas,
it was for him that all my kinsmen have been despatched
by me to the abode of Yama.’ Having said
so, Dhananjaya comforted his sister and became inclined
to make peace. Cheerfully he embraced her and
then dismissed her, telling her to return to her palace.
Dussala bade all her warriors desist from that great
battle, and worshipping Partha, she of beautiful face
retraced her steps towards her abode. Having vanquished
those heroes, viz
., the Saindhavas, thus, Dhananjaya
began to follow that steed which roved at its will.
The heroic Arjuna duly followed that sacrificial horse
even as the divine wielder of Pinaka had in days of
yore followed the deer through the firmament.
The steed, at its will, wandered through various realms
one after another, enhancing the feats of Arjuna.
In course of time, O chief of men, the horse wandering
at its pleasure, at last arrived within the dominions
of the ruler of Manipura, followed by the son of Pandu.’”
“Vaisampayana said, ’The ruler of Manipura,
Vabhruvahana, hearing that his sire Arjuna had arrived
within his dominions, went out with humility, with
a number of Brahmanas and some treasure in his van.
Remembering, however, the duties of Kshatriyas, Dhananjaya
of great intelligence, seeing the ruler of Manipura
arrive in that guise, did not approve of it.
The righteous-souled Phalguna angrily said, ’This
conduct of thine is not becoming. Thou hast certainly
fallen away from Kshatriya duties. I have come
here as the protector of Yudhishthira’s sacrificial
horse. Why, O son, wilt thou not fight me, seeing
that I have come within thy dominions? Fie on
thee, O thou of foolish understanding, fie on thee
that hast fallen away from Kshatriya duties! Fie
on thee that would receive me peacefully, even though
I have come here for battling with thee. In thus
receiving me peacefully thou actest like a woman.
O thou of wretched understanding, if I had come to
thee, leaving aside my arms, then would this behaviour
of thine have been fit, O worst of men.’
Learning that these words were addressed by her husband,
the daughter of the Snake-king, viz., Ulupi unable
to tolerate it, pierced through the Earth and came
up to that spot. She beheld her son standing there
perfectly cheerless and with face hanging down.
Indeed, the prince was repeatedly rebuked by his sire