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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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BHISHMA'S VOW

WITH joy the king received to his heart and his kingdom the resplendent and youthful prince Devavrata and crowned him as the yuvaraja, the heir apparent.

Four years went by. One day as the king was wandering on the banks of the Yamuna, the air was suddenly filled with a fragrance so divinely sweet that the king sought for its cause, and he traced it to a maiden so lovely that she seemed a goddess. A sage had conferred on her the boon that a divine perfume should emanate from her, and this was now pervading the whole forest.

From the moment the goddess Ganga left him, the king had kept his senses under control, but the sight of this divinely beauti- ful maiden burst the bonds of restraint and filled him with an overmastering desire. He asked her to be his wife.

The maiden said: "I am a fisherwoman, the daughter of the chief of the fishermen. Mail it please you to ask him and get his consent." Her voice was sweet as her form.

The father was an astute man.

He said: "O king, there is no doubt that this maiden, like every other, has to be married to someone and you are indeed worthy of her. Still you have to make a promise tome before you can have her."

Santanu replied: "If it is a just promise I shall make it."

The chief of the fisherfolk said: "The child born of this maiden should be the king after you."

Though almost mad with passion, the king could not make this promise, as it meant setting aside the godlike Devavrata, the son of Ganga, who was entitled to the crown. 

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