Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya: Chapter 18: Part 2

  • 21) Yudhisthira too thought of Sri Krishna as a mere human and was hesitant to send him for the killing of Jarasandha.
  • 22) Vidura was not very keen on Sri Krishna attending the sabha of the Kauravas thinking that he may be arrested.
  • 23) Nakula sent word to Sri Krishna himself asking for tax. Sahadeva criticized the policy of Sri Krishna citing the annihilation of the lineage as the excuse.
    • Note: Nakula asked for tax from the Yadavas as part of his tour during the Rajasuya.
  • 24) Devaki and Vasudeva often used to think of Sri Krishna as a mere human. Bhishma insulted the Parashurama form of Sri Hari. He fought with him too.
  • 25) Drona, Karna, Ashwathama and Kripa had wished to see the end of Sri Krishna (in the war). Shiva and the other Devatas too had opposed him one time or the other.
  • 26) Nothing needs to be said about Rishis, humans and Gandharvas. Due to their ignorance from numerous previous lives, they always insult him.
  • 27) Therefore, only Vayu remains firm on following the Bhagavata Dharma. Lakshmi and Sarasvati too are similar. Therefore, these three are known as ‘Para Shukla Traya’.
  • 28) Due to his inherent knowledge, all this has been explained by Sri Vyasa, the one with infinite bliss, in the Puranas and the Mahabharata.
  • 29) When all the princes thus became skilled in all forms of warfare, Dronacharya presented them in the examination field.
  • 30) After duly worshiping his Guru Sri Parashurama with excellent sandal paste, flowers, clothes, weapons and sweets made from jaggery, he (Drona) ordered the princes to display their skill with weapons.
  • 31) After offering salutations to Bhishma, Drona, Vidura, Gandhari, Dhritharashtra and the groups of Kings, and also after offering respects to Kunti, the Kurus and Pandavas displayed the results of their learning and hardwork.
  • 32) After all of them had displayed their skills, Ashwathama, having obtained many excellent great astras from Drona, displayed them with great intensity exceeding the skill of all others.
  • 33) Arjuna thereafter displayed his skills with divine weapons and exceeded even Ashwathama. He hit arrows at the leg of an insect and at the eyebrow of a bird. He displayed several other astras as well.
  • 34) Karna arrived there at that moment and displayed all the astras that he had learnt from Sri Parashurama. He exceeded Arjuna in his display in that gathering of Kings.
  • 35) Kunti identified him as her son but could not disclose it to anyone due to embarrassment. Arjuna could not bear the skill of Karna and invited him to a battle.
  • 36) Knowing that it was against Dharma to invite a non-Kshatriya to battle, Bhima stopped Arjuna and gave a whip at the hands of Karna.
  • 37) Even if one is born in the family of a Kshatriya, if the proper samskaras are not performed, one does not become a Kshatriya. Like a Brahmana who has lost his vipratva.
  • 38) When Karna was rendered speechless in this way, Duryodhana took the consent of his father and performed the abhisheka of Karna as the King of Anga. Dhritharashtra, out of partiality towards his son, had come under his control.
  • 39) When Karna was crowned thus, his father Adiratha came over there. In front of all the gathered Kings, Karna bowed down to him. His behavior brought great joy to all the noble men assembled there.
  • 40) After that, Bhima and Duryodhana, under the pretext of displaying their skills, picked up heavy maces and faced each other with great anger.

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