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Shvoong Home>Books>The Wax Palace: 13. Mahabharata Review

The Wax Palace: 13. Mahabharata

Book Review   by:babushona     Original Author: C. Rajagopalachari
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The citizens of Hastinapura were unanimous and uninhibited
in their praise of the Pandavas. Their verdict that
Yudhishthira alone should be crowned as king was loud and
clear. Duryodhana fumed with anger. His jealousy of the
Pandavas kept growing and was increasingly fuelled by Karna
and Sakuni. The weak personality of Dhritarashtra failed to
contain them, even though he was a good man by nature.

While Duryodhana argued in favour of wily stratagems that
would obliterate the Pandavas for good, Dhritarashtra tried
in vain to prevent him from venturing into actions that
were destined to fail. Vile and shrewd as he was,
Duryodhana succeeded in persuading influential and powerful
statesmen to support and espouse his cause. Armed with such
support, he once again pleaded with his father to permit
him to send the Pandavas away to Varanavata. Dhritarashtra
finally fell prey to his son’s pleas and conveyed his
assent to Duryodhana’s plan. Duryodhana’s joy knew no
bounds.

He then called upon Kunti and the Pandavas and offered them
a sojourn at Varanavata, where, he said a great festival
would be held in honour of Siva. The unsuspecting Pandavas
accepted his offer.

In reality, however, Duryodhana had a luxurious palace
built at Varanavata that looked harmless, but was indeed
made from highly combustible substances. Purochana, the
architect, was employed to achieve this goal. The
furnishings as well, were elegant but volatile. The
Varanavata house was meant to be a death trap. But the plot
was such that nobody would suspect foul play and the
eventual death of Kunti and her five sons would pass off as
an accident.
Published: August 06, 2006   
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