Of the Pandavas
The Pandavas returned
home from the Swayamvara hall. With joy they shouted to their mother, "Mother, we
have brought a priceless gift." Kunthi who was inside the house, replied,
"Divide it equally among you."
A mothers words must by obeyed. So Draupada was worried. Then the great sage
Vyasa said the Draupadi was born to be the wife of the five Pandavas. He said the power of
her goodness had brought the Pandavas alive from the burning palace. Draupada was
The marriage took place with great splendour in the presence of Shri Krishna. Draupadi
became the wife of the five Pandavas. Bheeshma, the eldest of the royal family of the
Kurus, and Drona, the royal teacher, were both very happy. They told Dhritarashtra that
the Pandavas were still alive by Gods grace; they advised him to give them half the
Kingdom. The Kauravas outwardly seemed to be glad.
The sons of Pandu now got their kingdom. They made the city of Indraprastha their
capital. After some time they thought of performing the great Sacrifice (Yaga) of
Rajasuya. A huge and wonderful hall was constructed. The beauty, grandeur and decoration
of the assembly hall for the Yaga made a visitor speechless with wonder.
Shri Krishna personally supervised the performance of the Rajasuya Sacrifice. The
Kauravas has no mind to see the splendour of their cousins. Still they also attended.
Unfortunately Duryodhana was put to shame there. In the new palace he took a pond for
polished floor and fell into the water. Draupadi laughed at this. The eyes of the Kaurava
King grew red like fire. Further on he saw the floor shining with high polish and thought
it was a pond; so he lifted up his clothing that it may not get wet. Again there were
waves of laughter. Duryodhana burned with shame. And he vowed punishment.