news of the incidents that took place during the swayamvara at Panchala reached
Hastinapura, Vidura was happy. He immediately went to Dhritarashtra and said: "O
King, our family has become stronger because the daughter of Drupada has become our
daughter-in-law. Our stars are good."
Dhritarashtra thought in his blind fondness for
his son that it was Duryodhana, who had also gone to take part in the swayamvara,that had
won Draupadi. Under this mistaken impression he replied: "It is indeed, as you say, a
good time for us. Go at once and bring Draupadi. Let us give Panchali a joyous
Vidura hastened to correct the mistake. He
said: "The blessed Pandavas are alive and it is Arjuna who has won the daughter of
Drupada. The five Pandavas have married her ,jointly according to the rites enjoined by
the sastras. With their mother Kuntidevi they are happy and well under the care of
At these words of Vidura, Dhritarashtra felt
frustrated but concealed his disappoint- ment. He said to Vidura with apparent joy:
"O Vidura, I am delighted at your words. Are the dear Pandavas really alive? We have
been mourning them as dead! The news you have now brought is balm to my heart.