291 chapter (overall). Ch 66 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 291 (overall), chapter 66 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Anudyuta Parva: 28th 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 291: http://www.youtube.com/embed/Hf2ToSfvlNs
This is the first chapter in the Anudyuta Parva. The Anudyuta Parva is the 28th Parva as per the 100-parva classification of the Mahabharata, and is itself a part of Sabha Parva. The Sabha Parva is the second parva as per the 18-parva classification of the Mahabharata.
The Dyuta Parva ended with Dhritarashtra granting the Pandavas their freedom, and requesting them to forget and forgive what had happened. The Pandavas got ready to leave for Indraprastha.
Ch 291, the first in the Anudyuta Parva, shows Duhshasana going to Duryodhana, Shakuni, and Karna, and bitterly complaining.
"That old man has made us lose everything that we had obtained with great difficulty.Duryodhana goes to the king, Dhritarashtra, and demands that the Pandavas be brought back. He warns that the Pandavas will not forget their insult, and will return to avenge this insult.
"In their rage, they will destroy us like venomous serpents."Duryodhana then proposes a second round of dice, but with a single stake. We know that the thirteenth year was supposed to be year spent incognito, but what has been lost or at least overlooked is the condition that "The thirteenth year will have to be spent in an inhabited place, in disguise." The stipulation of the "inhabited place" was yet another stroke of genius, albeit evil genius, on the part of Duryodhana.
Dhritarashtra does not heed the advice of his well-wishers and his wife, Gandhari, and gives in to his son, again.
"It is certain that if the destruction of our lineage has come, I will not be able to prevent it. Let it be as they wish. Let the Pandavas return. Let them who are mine gamble again with the Pandavas."And a king, once again, chose wrongly, and, once again, blamed fate.
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.
Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata) (Amazon.com, Kindle, Flipkart)
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