Ch 270 - Dyuta Parva

270 chapter (overall). Ch 45 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 270 (overall), chapter 45 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
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In this chapter, Shakuni and Duryodhana approach Dhritarashtra with their plan to invite the Pandavas to Hastinapura. Dhritarashtra accedes without any protest, and calls for Vidura.

Duryodhana also describes the riches he witnessed at Yudhishtra's Rajsuya sacrifice, and the envy he felt. For instance, the repeated blowing of conch shells, whenever "one hundred thousand brahmans had been fed" is somewhat humorous, since it evokes an image of Duryodhana hearing bells all the time. An expression that sounds funnier when said in Hindi.

To ensure that his father, the blind king Dhritarashtra, heeds his demand for a game of dice, Duryodhana also threatens to kill himself if the Pandavas are not invited to Hastinapura.

What is not clear is how the King Dhritarashtra thinks that "there will be no quarrel between my sons and my other sons", since Duryodhana makes it clear that the intention behind inviting the Pandavas to Hastinapura for a game of dice is to have Shakuni play and have him "win the wealth of Pandu's son." Furthermore, it is perhaps a measure of the blind King's wishful thinking that he thinks that the presence of himself and Bhishma will ensure that "no evil can possibly occur." Maybe these words were more for Vidura's benefit.

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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