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VIDURA

‘Mangala Mandira’

When Vidura came to know that Dhritharashtra and his children had planned to send the Pandavas and their mother from Hastinapura to Varanavatha, he suspected that there was some deception. That was why he cautioned the Pandavas in words which others could not understand.

In Varanavatha a new palace had been built for the Pandavas. It was named ‘Mangala Mandira’. Duryodhana the son of Dhritharashtra, had ordered that the palace should be built; it was spledidly furnished for a life of luxury.

When the Pandavas occupied Mangala Mandira they did not forget Vidura’s warning. They examined the new palace closely. The examined the new palace closely. The building was no doubt beautiful. But the materials used were such as to burn easily, like wood, coir and lacquer. The meaning of Vidura’s warning was clear to them. They realized the cruel plan hatched by the Kauravas to set fire to their house and burn them.

Time passed.

Vidura had expected that Duryodhana would think of setting fire to Mangala Mandira after the Pandavas had stayed there for some time and settled down comfortably. He wished to arrange for the escape of Pandavas from the palace if such a misfortune befell them. He sent an architect to the Pandavas. Unknown to anybody the architect dug a tunnel leading out of Mangala Mandira.

One night Bhima himself set fire to the palace. The Pandavas escaped by the tunnel. The palace began to burn fiercely. The citizens saw this and ran to the palace. But it was impossible to put out the fire. Within a few minutes Mangala Mandira was burnt down.

People thought that the Pandavas and their mother had perished in the fire. They informed Dhritharashtra in Hastinapura accordingly. On hearing this news Dhritharashtra and his children were happy that the Pandavas were dead. But outwardly they pretended grief and wept bitterly.

Vidura believed that the Pandavas had not perished in the fire but had escaped through the tunnel. But he did -not know where they were and what they were doing. He was therefore anxious and worried.

Vidura - One of the great Characters of the 'Mahabharata'
About Vidura
Introduction
The Meaning
A Man Who Knows Righteous Conduct
You are Here! 'Mangala Mandira'
The Pandavas Prosper
'Listen To Me'
Disaster Did Strike
A Crime To Speak Justly
'Follow The Path'
What Next?
Vidura's Precepts
'Be Wise At Least Hereafter'
Krishna's Negotiations
'Bear Your Grief'
To The Forest
Tradition Of Righteous Conduct
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