Ph.D. & Published By G.A. Natesan & Co., Madras
time when forests were in full bloom and (all) beings were entranced, king
Pandu wandered in the forest with his wife.
attire Madri, herself alone, was following him. The king then seized her
forcibly in private.
her, Pandu died
Madri then told Kunti these words: “ I am not so capable as you are of
fostering sons. I therefore follow my
husband; let your ladyship give me leave”
of Kunti and her own two sons many times on their foreheads and taking
Yudhishthira’s hand, Madri spoke these words:
माता अहं धात्री युष्माकं तु पिता मृतः।
mother; I am your nurse; your father is dead. According to Dharma,
Yudhishthira, the eldest, is the father for you for all time.
devoted to the service of their elders and adhere to Truth and Right, never
come to grief, never get humiliation. Therefore, all of you, serve your elder
best of men, Pandu, lying then on the funeral pyre, his devoted wife, the
distinguished daughter of the Madra king, mounted the pyre quickly.
भीष्माय पाण्डवान्दातुं तानादाय प्रतस्थिरे॥
of Pandu, the godlike sages (in the forest there) set out, taking the sons of
Pandu, to entrust them to Bhishma.
Bhishma, Vyasa and Dhritarashtra, along with their relatives, offered the manes’
obsequial oblation to Pandu, and feasted people by the thousands.
the purificatory rites mentioned in the Vedas, the sons of Pandu lived happily,
playing in joy along with the sons of Dhritarashtra.
sports, the sons of Pandu distinguished themselves by their might.
शतमेकोत्तरं तेषां कुमाराणां महौजसाम्।
and one sons of great valour (of Dhritarashtra), Bhima overpowers single-handed,
without much difficulty.
very celebrated strength of Bhimasena,
the powerful son of Dhritarashtra (Duryodhana) showed evil feelings.
the look out for an opportune moment to harm the mighty Bhima.
place called) Pramanakoti on the Ganges; but the mighty Bhima emerged by virtue
of his strength and slept again in the same place.
Bhima was sleeping, Duryodhana caused furious, highly poisonous and
sharp-toothed serpents to bite him; but waking up, Bhima killed all the
uncle) Sakuni’s advice, Duryodhana then caused poison to be thrown into Bhima’s
food. And that also, Bhima ate and
digested without being affected.
themselves who could subdue their enemies, knew all this, but abiding by Vidura’s
advice, they did not reveal their awareness.
Drona then taught the sons of Pandu (the use of)
divine and human.
also approached in large numbers that best of Brahmins, Drona, for (learning) (the
use) of missiles.
the Charioteer (named adhiratha), approached
Drona then for learning the science of archery,
त्वत्समो नान्यः पुमान् लोके धनुर्धरः ॥
the greatest effort in the service of his preceptor and had the utmost
concentration on the practising of the missiles. And his teacher told him again: “There shall
be no archer equal to you in the world”