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Shvoong Home>Books>The Escape of the Pandavas: 14. Mahabharata Review

The Escape of the Pandavas: 14. Mahabharata

Book Review   by:babushona     Original Author: C. Rajagopalachari
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Write your abstract here. As the Pandavas prepared to leave for Varanavata, Vidura offered such words of advice to Yudhishthira as behoves the royalty, but intelligible to the latter alone. He reminded that only those could escape danger who could forestall the machinations of an astute enemy; and also that a forest fire cannot harm a rat that shelters itself in a burrow. He further advised that a wise man can always find his bearings from the stellar map in the sky. Yudhishthira, clever as he was, read the message in no uncertain way and conveyed the same to Kuntidevi. The prospects of a happy holiday had disintegrated into possible fragments of calamity. When the Pandavas reached Varanavata, they were accorded a warm welcome by the people living there. Purochana, Duryodhana’s accomplice, had been made to accompany the Pandavas in an outwardly show of solidarity, but with the tacit intention of seeing the malicious project through. The Pandavas were ushered into the newly built palace ‘Sivam’ with adequate fanfare. Convinced of Duryodhana’s plot after a guarded inspection of the building, Yudhishthira instructed his brothers to act cautiously so as not to give away the fact that they knew the truth, as otherwise escape would be that much more difficult. Meanwhile, Vidura had sent a miner to Yudhishthira with a code word that estsablished his authenticity, who worked for days together on a secret underground exit out of ‘Sivam’, without Purochana’s knowledge. The Pandavas maintained a normal and carefree lifestyle not to arouse any suspicion in Purochana’s mind, while Purochana stayed on at ‘Sivam’ and kept a close vigil on the movements of the Pandavas. In course of time, when Purochana found no reason to believe that the Pandavas were aware of the plot, he started taking things a little easy.
The ever watchful Yudhishthira sensed that the fated moment had come for the Pandavas to go into action. One night, Kuntidevi arranged an affectionate get-together for the attendants and served them with sumptuous food and drinks with the intention of lulling them into a state of stupor. At midnight, Bhima set the palace on fire and the Pandavas escaped through the subterranean tunnel. Purochana fell victim to the plot he himself had nurtured and died a miserable death. The news reached Hastinapura like wild fire. At Hastinapura, the Kauravas, glad at heart, pretended sorrow at the bereavement and dutifully carried out the funeral rites for their Pandava cousins. Dhritarashtra went through a combination of emotions – one of genuine sorrow at the perceived death of the Pandavas and the other of latent joy at the prospect of Duryodhana ascending the throne of Hastinapura. At the other end at Varanavata, Bhima – the strongest of the five brothers – carried mother Kuntidevi and brothers Nakula and Sahadeva and lent support to Yudhishthira and Arjuna with his hands while navigating their way to the Ganges, where a boat rowed by a confidante was awaiting them. They crossed the river and took refuge in a sprawling forest on the other side. In the morning, they started their rigorous journey through the forest, when they underwent untold hardships and overcame many dangers.
Published: August 07, 2006   
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