alive. I shall consider my life as not passed
in vain if I succeed in beholding her once more, O
king. Let this sort of understanding be ever stable
in thee. Let thy mind always take a pleasure
in such righteousness as is involved, O king of kings,
in thy desire of bestowing such a high boon on us.
Know, O king, that all these ladies of thy house are
staying with their feet raised for the journey, from
desire of beholding Kunti, and Gandhari, and my father-in-law.
Thus addressed by queen Draupadi, the king, O chief
of Bharata’s race, summoned all the leaders
of his forces to his presence and told them,—’Cause
my army, teeming with cars and elephants, to march
out. I shall behold king Dhritarashtra who is
now living in the woods.’ Unto those that
supervised the concerns of the ladies, the king gave
the order, ’Let diverse kinds of conveyances
be properly equipt, and all my closed litters that
count by thousands. Let carriages and granaries,
and wardrobes, and treasuries, be equipt and ordered
out, and let mechanics have the command to march out.
Let men in charge of treasuries go out on the way
leading to the ascetic retreats on Kurukshetra.
Whoever amongst the citizens wishes to see the king
is allowed to do so without any restriction.
Let him proceed, properly protected. Let cooks
and superintendents of kitchens, and the whole culinary
establishment, and diverse kinds of edibles and viands,
be ordered to be borne out on carts and conveyances.
Let it be proclaimed that we march out tomorrow.
Indeed, let no delay occur (in carrying out the arrangements).
Let pavilions and resting houses of diverse kinds
be erected on the way.’ Even these were
the commands which the eldest son of Pandu gave, with
his brothers. When morning came, O monarch, the
king set out, with a large train of women and old
men. Going out of his city, king Yudhishthira
waited five days for such citizens as might accompany
him, and then proceeded towards the forest."’
“Vaisampayana said. ’That foremost
one of Bharata’s race, then ordered his troops,
which were protected by heroes that were headed by
Arjuna and that resembled the very guardians of the
universe, to march out. Instantly, a loud clamour
arose consisting of the words—Equip, Equip!—of
horse-men, O Bharata, engaged in equipping and their
steeds. Some proceeded on carriages and vehicles,
some on horses of great speed, and some on cars made
of gold endued with the splendour of blazing fires.
Some proceeded on mighty elephants, and some on camels,
O king. Some proceeded on foot, that belonged
to that class of combatants which is armed with tiger-like
claws. The citizens and inhabitants of the provinces,
desirous of seeing Dhritarashtra, followed the king
on diverse kinds of conveyances. The preceptor
Kripa also, of Gotama’s race, that great leader
of forces, taking all the forces with him, proceeded,
at the command of the king, towards the old monarch’s