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The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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“Vaisampayana continued, ’All the persons there present, having heard the words of Vyasa, raised a loud leonine shout and then proceeded towards the Bhagirathi.  Dhritarashtra with all his ministers and the Pandavas, as also with all those foremost of Rishis and Gandharvas that had come there, set out as directed.  Arrived at the banks of Ganga, that sea of men took up their abode as pleased them.  The king possessed of great intelligence, with the Pandavas, took up his abode in a desirable spot, along with the ladies and the aged ones of his household.  They passed that day as if it were a whole year, waiting for the advent of the night when they would behold the deceased princes.  The Sun then reached the sacred mountain in the west and all those persons, having bathed in the sacred stream, finished their evening rites."’

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“Vaisampayana said, ’When night came, all those persons, having finished their evening rites, approached Vyasa.  Dhritarashtra of righteous soul, with purified body and with mind solely directed towards it, sat there with the Pandavas and the Rishis in his company.  The ladies of the royal household sat with Gandhari in a secluded spot.  All the citizens and the inhabitants of the provinces ranged themselves according to their years.  Then the great ascetic, Vyasa, of mighty energy, bathing in the sacred waters of the Bhagirathi, summoned all the deceased warriors, viz., those that had fought on the side of the Pandavas, those that had fought for the Kauravas, including highly blessed kings belonging to diverse realms.  At this, O Janamejaya, a deafening uproar was heard to arise from within the waters, resembling that which had formerly been heard of the forces of the Kurus and the Pandavas.  Then those kings, headed by Bhishma and Drona, with all their troops, arose by thousands from the waters of the Bhagirathi.  There were Virata and Drupada, with their sons and forces.  There were the sons of Draupadi and the son of Subhadra, and the Rakshasa Ghatotkacha.  There were Karna and Duryodhana, and the mighty car-warrior Sakuni, and the other children, endued with great strength, of Dhritarashtra, headed by Dussasana.  There were the son of Jarasandha, and Bhagadatta, and Jalasandha of great energy, and Bhurisravas, and Sala, and Salya, and Vrishasena with his younger brother.  There were prince Lakshmana (the son of Duryodhana), and the son of Dhrishtadyumna, and all the children of Sikhandin, and Dhrishtaketu, with his younger brother.  There were Achala and Vrishaka, and the Rakshasa Alayudha, and Valhika, and Somadatta, and king Chekitana.  These and many others, who for their number cannot be conveniently named, appeared on that occasion.  All of them rose from the waters of the Bhagirathi, with resplendent bodies.  Those kings appeared, each clad in that dress and equipt with that standard and that vehicle which he had while fighting on the field.  All

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