THE POET’S OWN WORDS
A. M. SRINIVASACHARIAR
Raghavan M.A., Ph.D.
arose the loud noise (of wailings) in all the mansions of the Kauravas and the
whole city of Hastinapura, down to the boys, became sorrow-stricken.
by thousands of those wailing women who had not been seen before even by the
gods, the dejected king Dhritarashtra left in haste his city for the
grieving Yudhishthira heard that his old uncle was coming out from Hastinapura.
Along with his brothers and accompanied by the great and heroic Krishna, he
paid his respects to his eldest uncle.
on account of the slaughter of his sons and stricken with sorrow, the father,
Dhritarashtra, embraced Yudhishthira who had killed his sons, without liking
him. The evil-minded Dhritarashtra (then) sought for Bhima, wishing to burn him
भीमं प्रत्यशुभं हरिः।
the evil intention of Dhritarashtra towards Bhima, Krishna drew Bhima aside
with his hands and presented an iron image of Bhima. Taking it for Bhima, the
strong king (Dhritarashtra) crushed it.
that Bhima had been killed, King Dhritarashtra became sorrowful.
त्वं नैव भीमस्त्वया हतः।
the best of men, said these words: “Dhritarashtra, grieve not; Bhima has not
been killed by you; it is an iron image of (Bhima) that has been destroyed by
I am undistracted, with my anger and mental anguish gone; Dharma and love are
firmly established in me towards the sons of Pandu.”
गान्धारीं सह केशवाः।
सान्त्वयामास मातृवत् ॥
Krishna, all the brothers went to Gandhari and she, with her anger gone,
consoled them like a mother.
broad-chested Pandavas met Kunti (their mother); seeing her sons after a long
time, Kunti wept and, afflicted with grief she condoled with Draupadi whose
sons had been killed.
जगाद शौरिं दोषेण गान्धारी व्यथितेन्द्रिया॥
with body consumed by anger, overwhelmed with grief at her sons’ loss and with
agonied senses, Gandhari found fault with Krishna.
since the kinsmen, the Kauravas and the Pandavas, killing each other were
neglected by you, you shall kill your own kinsmen; you also, in the
thirty-sixth year (from now), with your kinsmen, ministers and sons killed,
shall meet with death, wandering in the forests, unknown and helpless.
those terrible words, the magnanimous Krishna, appearing to smile a little told
नान्यो मद्विद्यते शुभे।
lady! There is none except myself who can destroy the Vrishnis.”
पतीनां च कुलस्त्रियः।
much afflicted and weeping, all the Kaurava women offered the libations of
water to the manes of their fathers, brothers and husbands.
then told her sons: “ sons of Pandu! Him whom you take as the son of the
charioteer and (his wife) Radha, to that brother of yours of irreproachable
acts, offer water; for he is your eldest brother, born by me to the Sun-god.”
those unpleasant words of their mother, all the Pandavas mourned for Karna
among all persons, and became all the more exceedingly tormented.