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ADI -PARVA
SHANTANU'S MARRIAGES ABDUCTION OF PRINCESS
SATYAVATI'S INVOCATION DHRITRASHTRA'S & PANDU'S MARRIAGES
BIRTH OF KARNA DEATH OF PANDU
EKLAVYA EDUCATION OF KAURAVAS & PANDAVAS
CURSE TO KARNA THE CONTEST & GURUDAKSHINA
YUDHISHTHIR'S CORONATION & EXILE BIRTH OF GHATOTKACHA & BAKASURA'S KILLING
DRAUPADI'S SWAYAMVAR KAURAVA'S FEARS
ARJUNA PILGRIMAGE AGNI'S HUNGER
BIRTH OF GHATOTKACHA

Hidimbi took them near a beautiful lake. Making a cottage there Pandavas lived there for a while, everyone was very pleased with Hidimbi, who was always busy performing one service or the other for them. At that time Sage Vyasa visited them and he was happy to see Hidimbi. He said. "A son will be born to Bhima, who will be unparalleled in bravery and fearlessness. He shall become famous in the world. He told the Pandavas to proceed to a city called Ekachakra where he would meet them again. In due time a son was born to Hidimbi. The son became very beloved to his uncle, especially Yudhisthira. Then the time of departure had come. Bhima told Hidimbi to take good care of their son and that he would always have love for her and whenever she desired she could visit him or summon him. Departure was necessary as many tasks were pending. It was their duty to fulfill those tasks. Thus the Pandavas started for Ekachakra following the command of rishi Vyasa.

KILLING OF BAKA

After crossing forests and lakes finally the Pandavas reached Ekachakra City.There they took shelter in a brahmin house. During the day all the brothers would go for begging and on return whatever alms they received placed before their mother Kunti. Kunti would give half of that to Bhima all shared from the other half portion. Bhima was still going hungry for most of the time. Bhima used to help a potter in the neighborhood to carry huge loads. The potter became very happy and made a huge pot for Bhima. Bhima used to go with that pot for his begging rounds. Amused people of the city always tried to fill up his pot.

Once while sitting alone, Bhima and Kunti heard the sobbing in the Brahminís house. Kunti approached the brahmin and his wife and wanted to know the reason for it. They told that there is a monster living near the city on a hill. It was decided by the city dwellers that every week a cartload of food and one man from a house would be sent to the rakshas. That was to keep him happy, otherwise he would run riot in the city and kill many people indiscriminately. Since it was now the turn of the brahmin, they were so sad. They wanted to go all to the rakshas. Kunti was very sorry to hear the plight of the poor Brahmin who had given them shelter. She said, "I have five sons and all of them are very brave. I shall ask one of my sons to go to the rakshasa in your place and my son is sure to kill the rakshas." The Brahmin was very much shocked. "How could I ask my guest to go to Baka. Said the Brahmin. After much persuasion and assurances from Kunti that his son would not come to any harm. Brahmin agreed. Kunti told them that divines blessed her sonís. They were invincible but brahmin should not tell anyone about it, otherwise powers of her son will be lost.

Next day with the cart full of food, Bhima drove to the hill, were Baka lived. Bhima eats up all the food while going to Bakasura First he finished the food himself, as he had not had enough food for months to eat. Then he called Baka. Baka seeing a brahmin and an empty food cart became furious. He rushed to Bhima. Bhima after, trashing him up severely, broke his body into two like, an elephant breaks a lotus stem. He threw the body of Baka at the gates of the city and quietly reached his cottage. There, after taking bath, he slept. In the morning the city dwellers were extremely happy to see the remains of Baka. They were very much intrigued. The brahmin, whose turn it was to go to Baka said some divine being took the food cart from him. And went to kill the demon.

THE BRAHMINíS STORY

The Pandavas continued to live in the house of the brahmin after the death of Baka. One day another brahmin, who had been wandering through the country, became a guest at the brahmins house. They all welcomed him and wanted to know the news of other places. The traveller told them that he was a messenger who had been spreading the news of Drupadaís daughter Swayamvar. Draupada had been blessed with a son, Dhristadhyumna and a daughter Panchali, also called Draupadi. The Swayamvar was to take palace in the capital of Panchalas at Kampilya.

The brahmin said that Drupada nursing a grudge against Drona, had organised a severe sacrifices seeking a son strong enough to kill Drona. He obtained such a son through sacrificial fires. The name of the son was Dhristadhyumna. A daughter was similarly obtained who was named Drupadi. Drupada, being very desirous of marrying his daughter to Arjuna, was organising a Swayamvar for his daughter in which he hoped that Arjuna would be successful. He would organise a test of archery. Arjuna was likely to emerge success in it. The news of Draupadi Swayamvar was being proclaimed throughout the land.

DHAUMYA BECOMES FAMILY PRIEST

Kunti suggested that they had been living at the brahmins house for quite longtime. It was now time to make a move. She said that Kampilya of Panchalas would be a suitable place to live as it was reputed to be a land of plenty. After taking permission of the brahmin and bidding farewell to his family the Pandavas and Kunti started towards Kampilya. On the way, they met Sage Vyasa who was very happy to know their destination. He said fame and fortune awaited them there. They want ahead after receiving the blessings of the Sage.

During the night they reached on the banks of river Ganga. They were tired and wanted to take a bath in Ganga. At that time a Gandharva named Chitraratha was there in Ganga with his wives. He became very angry at the intrusion of his privacy and a great fight resulted. Finally the Gandharva pleaded with Yudhisthira. He was pardoned. The gandharva offered beautiful white horses that never tired. Yudhisthira asked him to keep the horse till such time as when he needed them, Yudhithira asked the gandharva to suggest name of a rishi whom he could take as Kuluguru, Chitraratha, suggested a name of Sage Dhaumya. The Pandavas were pleased with the suggestion. They approached Dhaumya. Dhaumya gladly accepted to become Kulaguru of the Pandavas.




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