Ch 286 - Dyuta Parva


286 chapter (overall). Ch 61 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 286 (overall), chapter 61 (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)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 286: http://www.youtube.com/embed/FE1irLUlT5M

Bhima's anger, vow, Vikarna, Duhshasana, and Karna.

Bhima cannot take this insult of Droupadi, and wants to burn his elder brother, Yudhishtra's, hands. Vikarna, a Kaurava, stands up and states that in his opinion Droupadi had not been won. Even as several in the sabha agreed, Karna erupted in rage.
"It has been ordained by the gods that a woman should only have one husband. However, she submits to many and it is therefore certain that she is a courtesan. It is my view that there is nothing surprising in her being brought into the sabha in a single garment, or even if she is naked."
It is at this point that Karna, and not Duryodhana, who orders Duhshasana to disrobe the Pandavas and Droupadi.

The Critical Edition does not mention how a new garment appeared every time Duhshasana pulled one from Droupadi's body.

Bhima then takes the first of his two terrible vows.
"In battle, I will forcibly tear asunder the breast of this evil and misguided one, wretch among the Bharatas, and drink his blood."
Vidura then again interjects, recounts the story of Prahlada, his son Virochana, and Sudhanva, the son of Angirasa, and asks the persons seated in the sabha to answer Droupadi's question. The chapter ends with Karna asking Duhshasana to take "Krishna away to the quarters meant for the servant girls."

So, it is Karna that gives the foulest of orders to Duhshasana thus far. From abusing Droupadi as a "courtesan" to ordering Duhshasana to disrobe her, his are the actions of a villain.

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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