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Mahabharata
Author : C.Raja Gopala Chari Kulapati's Preface
Preface Ganapati, the Scribe
Devavrata Bhishma's Vow
Amba And Bhishma Devayani And Kacha
The Marriage Of Devayani Yayati
Vidura Kunti Devi
Death Of Pandu Bhima
Karna Drona
The Wax Palace The Escape Of The Pandavas
The Slaying Of Bakasura Draupadi's Swayamvaram
Indraprastha The Saranga Birds
Jarasandha The Slaying OF Jarasandha
The First Honour Sakuni Comes In
The Invitation The Wager
Draupadi's Grief Dhritarashtra's Anxiety
Krishna's Vow Pasupata
Affliction is Nothing New Agastya
Rishyasringa Fruitless Penance
Yavakrida's End Mere Learning Is Not Enough
Ashtavakra Bhima And Hanuman
I am No Crane The Wicked Are Never Satisfied
Duryodhana Disgraced Sri Krishna's Hunger
The Enchanted Pool Domestic Service
Virtue Vindicated Matsya Defended
Prince Uttara Promise Fulfilled
Virata's Delusion Taking Counsel
Arjuna's Charioteer Salya Against His Nephews
Vritra Nahusha
Sanjaya's Mission Not a Needle-Point Of Territory
Krishna's Mission Attachment and Duty
The Pandava Generalissimo Balarama
Rukmini Non-Co-Operation
Krishna Teaches Yudhishthira Seeks Benediction
The First Day's Battle The Second Day
The Third Day's Battle The Fourth Day
The Fifth Day The Sixth Day
The Seventh Day The Eighth Day
The Ninth Day The Passing Of Bhishma
Karna and the Grandsire Drona in Command
To Seize Yudhishthira Alive The Twelfth Day
Brave Bhagadatta Abhimanyu
The Death Of Abhimanyu A Father's Grief
The Sindhu King Borrowed Armour
Yudhishthira's Misgivings Yudhishthira's Fond Hope
Karna And Bhima Pledge Respected
Somadatta's End Jayadratha Slain
Drona Passes Away The Death Of Karna
Duryodhana The Pandavas Reproached
Aswatthama Avenged
Who Can Give Solace? Yudhishthira's Anguish
Yudhishthira Comforted Envy
Utanga A Pound Of Flour
Yudhishthira Rules Dhritarashtra
The Passing Away Of The Three Krishna Passes Away
Yudhishthira's Final Trial Glossary
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AMBA AND BHISHMA

CHITRANGADA, the son of Satyavati, was killed in battle with a gandharva. As he died childless, his brother, Vichitravirya, was the rightful heir and was duly crowned king, and as he was a minor, Bhishma governed the kingdom in his name till be came of age.

When Vichitravirya reached adolescence Bhishma cast about for a bride for him, and as he heard that the daughters of the king of Kasi were to choose theirhusbands according to the ancient Kshatriya practice he went there to secure them for his brother.

Therulers of Kosla, Vanga, Pundra,Kalinga and other princes and potentates had also repaired to Kasi for the Swayamvara, attired in their best. The princesses were so far-famed for beauty and accomplish- ments that there was fierce competition to win them.

Bhishma was famous among thekshatriyas as a mighty man-at-arms. At first everyone thought that the redoubtable hero had come merely to witness the festivities of the swayamvara, but when they found that he was also a suitor, the young princes felt themselves let down and were full of chagrin. They did not know, that he had really come for the sake of his brother, Vichitravirya.

The princes began to cast affronts at Bhishma: "This most excellent and wise descendant of the Bharata race forgets that he is too old and forgets also his vow of celibacy. What has this old man to do with this swayamvara? Fie on him!" The princesses who were to choose their husbands barely glanced at the old man and looked away.  

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