Chapter 165

Mahabharata English - ARANYAKA PARVA

Vaisampayana said, “Then when the night had been spent, Dhananjaya,together with his brothers, paid homage unto Yudhishthira the just. And,O Bharata, at this moment, proceeding from the celestials there arosemighty and tremendous sounds of a musical instrument, and the rattling ofcar-wheels, and the tolling of bells. And there at all the beasts andbeasts of prey and birds emitted separate cries. And from all sides incars resplendent as the sun, hosts of Gandharvas and Apsaras began tofollow that represser of foes, the lord of the celestials. And ascendinga car yoked with steeds, decorated with burnished gold, and roaring likeclouds, that king of the celestials, Purandara blazing in beauty cameunto the Parthas. And having arrived (at that place), he of a thousandeyes descended from his car. And as soon as Yudhishthira the just sawthat high-souled one, he together with his brothers, approached thatgraceful king of the immortals. And in accordance with the ordinance thatgenerous one duly worshipped him of immeasurable soul, in consequencewith his dignity. And then Dhananjaya possessed of prowess, having boweddown unto Purandara, stood before the lord of the celestials in humbleguise, like unto a servant. And seeing the sinless Dhananjaya havingascetic merit, bearing clotted hair, stand in humility before the lord ofcelestials, Yudhishthira, the son of Kunti; of great energy, smelt (thecrown) of his head. And beholding Phalguna (in that attitude), he wasexceedingly glad; and by worshipping the king of the celestials, heexperienced the highest bliss. Then unto that strongminded monarch,swimming in felicity, the intelligent lord of the celestials, Purandara,spake, saying, Thou shalt rule the earth, O Pandava, Blessed be thou! Dothou, O Kunti’s son, again repair unto Kamyaka.'”That learned man who fora year leading the Brahmacharya mode of life, subduing his senses andobserving vows, peruseth with rapt attention this meeting of Sakra withthe Pandavas, liveth a hundred years free from disturbances, and enjoyinghappiness.”‘

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