Friday, 9 November 2007

Visiting Mahabharatha...28 The Pandavas sent to Varanavata (revisited in 2011)

Anyway, the king tells Yudhishthira that they should go and spend a year in Varanavata, a beautiful city. Yudhisthira immediately sees through the whole thing, but being obedient says 'I will do what you wish'. Bheeshma informed about the trip, fails to guess the real intent of this proposed trip. Duryodhana learns about the proposed trip and sets his plans in motion. Asks his trusted minister 'Purochana' to go and build a palace post haste out of inflammable material for the Pandavas and set it on fire after gaining their trust.

Soon the Pandavas are on their way. The people are unhappy and are worried. They suspect the blind king and beseech them not to go. Yudhisthira says he cannot refuse to obey his elders. Anyway, Vidura walks with them and speaks in 'mlecha bhasha' and in code with Yudhisthira. Later his mother Kunthi is curious about what Vidura had said. He tells her that he was warned of danger from fire and treachery from his cousins. They reach Varanavata after a journey of eight days.

(While author Kamala says Yudhisthira suspected treachery from the beginning, Samhita tells us that the Pandavas were happy to go till Vidura warns them of the dangers and suggests ways to overcome them.)

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