|Who was the
Brahmin?In those days the royal house of Kurus
was very famous in Bharata. Dhritarashtra and Pandu were two brothers of this royal line.
Pandu had five sons Yudhishthira, Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva. Yudhishthira
was very righteous person. Bheema was an expert fighter with the "Gada, the
mace. Arjuna was an excellent bow-man. All the five were great heroes. They were known as
the Pandavas. The one hundred sons of Dhritarashtra were known as the Kauravas; of these
Duryodhana and Dusshasana were the eldest.
Kind Pandu passed away. The Kauravas wanted to kill the
Pandavas and get the entire kingdom. When children go the wrong way, it is the
fathers duty to advise them properly. But Dhritarashtra became a party to the
injustice planned by his sons. So he ruined himself, and his sons were also destroyed.
Dhritarashtra himself once, summoned the Pandavas and said,
"Today is the festival of Lord Umamaheshwara in Varanavatha. You may go and attend
In great joy, the Pandavas took their mother Kunthi also
with them and went to Varanavatha. But do you know what trick the Kauravas were playing?
They had built a beautiful palace of Lac at Varanavatha. They had arranged that the palace
should be set on fire at night when the Pandavas were asleep. The elder statesman Vidura
came to know of this. He therefore got a tunnel dug from the palace. This he got done
secretly. He also told the Pandavas of it. One night the Pandavas themselves set fire to
the palace. The mansion built of Lac burnt fiercely and was reduced to ashes. The Pandavas
stepped into the secret tunnel and reached a forest. Crossing the forest they reached a
town. In that town of Ekachakrapura they lived in the disguise of Brahmins.
At this time they heard the news of Draupadis
Swayamvara and went to the Panchala country. In that assembly of kings it was the great
archer Arjuna who mastered the heavy bow.