Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya: Chapter 18: Part 3

  • 41) Devatas, Asuras, humans and all other forms of jeevas took sides of Bhima or Duryodhana and the entire sentient world was divided into two camps.
  • 42) Devatas and those on their side supported Bhima. Asuras and those on their camp took refuge in Duryodhana.
  • 43) Humans too shouted “O Bhima! May victory be yours” or “O Duryodhana! May victory be yours” and formed two camps depending upon their divine or evil nature.
  • 44-45) Devatas and the Asuras started letting out loud shouts and roars. Dronacharya, the excellent Brahmana, realized that the entire world was getting bifurcated into the supporters of Bhima and Duryodhana, which could lead to the end of the world there itself, and stopped the two brave warriors, who were capable of ending all enemies, through his son Ashwathama.
  • 46) Ashwathama stopped both of them saying – “There is none equal to you in your areas of ability”.
  • 47) As per the orders of Drona, both of them were stopped thus and they returned to their homes. Brahma, along with the other Devatas, returned to their own lokas after the Pitamaha assured that the world would see their battle some day in the future.
  • 48) Duryodhana left for his home holding the hands of Karna. Bhimasena returned to his home while holding the hands of Arjuna.
  • 49) It was Bhima’s decision that Arjuna should kill Karna. Against this, Duryodhana wanted Arjuna to be killed by Karna. Towards this, both of them planned special means.
  • 50) While Bhima’s efforts were towards increasing the fame and victory of Arjuna, Duryodhana’s efforts were opposite and he wanted Karna’s victory and successes to increase.
  • 51) For Bhima’s sake, Sri Krishna and the other Devatas took the side of Arjuna. It was just like earlier when Sri Rama and the other Devatas took the side of Sugriva as he was with Hanumanta.
  • 52) For this very reason, Indra, the King of Devatas, had taken birth as Bhima’s younger brother. He had repented the mistake committed earlier (as Vali). Therefore, Bhima protected him in this way.
  • 53) For the sake of Duryodhana, all the Daityas and Danavas took the side of Karna. In this way, Karna and Arjuna became stakes in the gamble called war.
  • 54) When Drona was requested for making known his Gurudakshina, he replied thus to the princes – “Capture the Panchala King Drupada and hand him over to me”. The princes agreed to do so.
  • 55) The Kauravas, along with Karna, and also the Pandavas left for the city of Panchala along with Drona.
  • 56) Then, Bhima, in order to display the difference in their capabilities said thus to Guru Drona – “O best amongst the Brahmins! The ego of these princes cannot be controlled”
  • 57) “Let them go ahead. Drupada can never come under their control. After they return due to failure, we will certainly proceed and capture your enemy and bring him. Let there be no doubt”. Saying thus, he stayed back along with his brothers without proceeding further.
  • 58) When the Pandavas stayed back thus along with Drona, all the Kauravas, along with Karna, rushed to the inner courtyard of Panchala King Drupada, wielding all their weapons.
  • 59) Noticing that the princes had come there to capture him, Drupada left from the palace along with an army of three akshouhinis.
  • 60) All of them started showering arrows on the princes after surrounding them, causing them immense pain. Even the women and children (amongst the Panchalas) started troubling these shameless ones.

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