According to the
conditions of the game of dice, the Kauravas had now to return half the kingdom of the
Pandavas. Shri Krishna himself was to go to Duryodhana on their behalf. Yudhishthira
repeatedly told Krishna "Please prevent a war. We are not worried if we do not
get half of the kingdom. Five villages are enough for us. But let there be no war. Please
prevent the death and injuries, the terrible loss, and all the sorrow and the
Bheema, Arjuna and Nakula also agreed with him. Only Sahadeva wanted war. Draupadi was
great pain, remembering all the trouble and insults she had to suffer ever since she
married the Pandavas. She said "Krishna, has any other woman suffered as I have? Did
not that Dusshasana pull at my saree in the full court, before the Pandavas themselves?
Did not those wicked fellows call me a slave? If you have any affection for me, be angry
with those Kauravas. Dont you forget my plait, with which Dusshasana dragged me. If
the Pandavas will not fight with the Kauravas, then my old father, my brother and my sons
the Up-Pandavas, and also Abhimanyu these will fight with them. With a fire burning
in my heart these thirteen years, I have waited for this day. How can my heart grow cool
if I do not see Dusshasanas arm cut off and rolling in the dust? Krishna, dont
talk of peace, but decide on a war."
Draupadis eyes seemed to dart fire. Krishna consoled her "You will
see the wives of those who insulted you shedding tears. The time has come for the
punishment of the Kauravas."
So saying he left for the court of the Kauravas on his mission. But his negotiations