Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ch 276 - Dyuta Parva

276 chapter (overall). Ch 51 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 276 (overall), chapter 51 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)

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This chapter seems like a repetition of previous chapters, since, per the author/translator, "Vidura has already been consulted in Chapter 45." It does make me wonder as to why this repetition escaped the attention of the editors of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute's Critical Edition.

In this chapter, we learn that even though Dhritarashtra did not agree with Duryodhana, he still acceded to his request for a game of dice with the Pandavas, saying, "I do not like the words that you utter. But do what brings you pleasure." A father's blind love for his son. That, however, did not prevent the king from adding an element of subterfuge of his own. He instructed his men to build a massive and beautiful assembly hall where the dice would be played. He then asked Vidura to go with this message for the Pandavas:
"Say that he and his brothers should come here and see this beautiful sabha that I have built, with many gems and decorated with expensive beds and seats. We will then have a game of dice among well-wishers"
So the real intent of the invitation, the game of dice, is put in almost as an after-thought. Smart. And devious. Plausible deniability, I would say.

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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