THE POET’S OWN WORDS
A. M. SRINIVASACHARIAR
Ph.D. & Published By G.A. Natesan & Co., Madras
॥ आदिपर्व ॥
(Krishna’s sister), described (to him) by Gada ( a brother of Krishna) long
had been previously described by Gada.
Therefore, Subhadra loved Arjuna, the illustrious scion of Bharata, for
great festival of marriage, which gives joy to the young, took place for seven
nights for the auspicious Subhadra.
gave birth to the heroic Abhimanyu, the best of men who was like Krishna in
courage, valour, beauty and appearance.
Aditi giving birth to the gods, Draupadi gave birth to five warriors,
Prativindhya by yudhishthira, Sutasoma by Bhima, Srutakarman by Arjuna,
Satanika by Nakula and Srutasena by Sahadeva.
अन्विता [राजशार्दूल] पाण्डवा मुदमाप्नुवन्॥
Pandavas rejoiced in the company of these valorous sons of broad chests, who
looked like divine children.
few days, Arjuna told Krishna: “Krishna,
it hot, let us go towards the Yamuna.”
for the permission of Yudhishthira and being permitted by him, the two great
persons, Arjuna and Krishna, went to the Yamuna and enjoyed themselves.
time, a Brahmin, of the colour of smelted gold, approached (them); he said to
Arjuna and Krishna;
of you, Arjuna and Krishna, know me as Fire; with you two, who are experts with
missiles, as aids, I would burn the Khandava forest; this has been chosen by me
as (my) food.”
gave (to Arjuna) an excellent bow and two great inexhaustible quivers as also a
chariot, fitted with celestial horses and a banner with a great monkey on it.
god of fire then gave to Krishna a discus of adamantine nave.
Arjuna and Krishna told the god of fire: “Burn as you please even now; we are
ready for your help.
told by Krishna and Arjuna, the god of fire burnt the Khandava forest, as if
displaying the final destruction of the world.
sent rain for the rescue of the Khandava forest; incensed very much, Arjuna
warded off that rain with his arrows.
that forest was being burnt, the fire did not burn six beings, – Asvasena (a serpent), Maya (the
architect of demons) and four sarnga birds.
fire, fully satisfied, came to an end after twenty one days.
Krishna and Maya sat together on a lovely river bank.