THE POET’S OWN WORDS
A. M. SRINIVASACHARIAR
Ph.D. & Published By G.A. Natesan & Co., Madras
॥ आदिपर्व ॥
daughter) a heroic son, a warrior and lord of men, named Chitrangada.
then begot by Satyavati another son, King Vichitraveerya, a great archer.
मते स्थितः ॥
Shantanu attained to heaven, Bishma, standing by Satyavati’s intention,
established Chitrangada, the vanquisher of enemies, as king.
बभूव ह ।
time, a powerful Gandharva king of the same name came against Chitrangada. Between him and Chitrangada was a very great
battle in Kurukshetra. His superior in deceitful warfare, the Gandharva
killed that warrior (Chitrangada), the best of the Kurus.
the foremost of men, (Chitrangada) of great prowess, was killed, the powerful
Bhishma crowned, in the kingdom of the Kurus in succession to Chitrangada,
Vichigtraveerya, a boy not yet attained to youth at that time.
भ्रातरं धीमतां वरः।
that his brother had attained youth, Bhishma, the foremost of the wise,
considered Vichitraveerya’s marriage.
Bhishma presented to Vichitraveerya the daughters of the king of Kasis, who
were (then) choosing their husbands in Swayamvara and whom Bhishma had
carried off by his valour.
हि वृतः पतिः’॥
eldest of the princesses (Amba) spoke, smiling at that time: “The king of the
Saubhas has already, in my mind, been chosen by me as my husband.”
in consultation with Brahmins who were complete masters of the Vedas, Bhishma
who knew Dharma, permitted at that time Amba, the eldest daughter of the king of
the Kasis (to marry the Saubha king).
gave Ambika and Ambalika as wives to his younger brother, Vichitravirya.
ताभ्यां सह समास्सप्त विहरन्पृथिवीपतिः।
them and enjoying them for seven years, the youthful king Vichitravirya, proud
of his beauty and youth, was seized by consumption.
like the sun setting, the descendant of Kuru passed into the abode of Death.
the dejected Satyavati spoke to Bhishma: “I know your great devotion to truth,
you hero of Truth; valorous Bhishma! act in such a manner that neither the
continuity of your family nor your Dharma will suffer and that friends, too,
You are the eldest of the family; great respect attaches to you;
continuation of the
of my confidence in you and for the continuation of our line, I shall tell
you. There is a son known as Dwaipayana
born to me long ago, when I was a maiden.
Appointed by me, that Dwaipayana will surely beget issue.”
it was accepted by Bhishma, Vyasa manifested himself unperceived and said (to
his mother, Satyavati): “I have come to carry out your intention.”
sons of gods, continuers of the Kuru dynasty were born,
Pandu and the lofty-minded Vidura.
like his own sons by Bhishma from their birth, and purified by rites, they