THE thirteenth year during which the Pandavas had to remain undiscovered
came to an end.
No longer obliged to be in disguise, they left Virata's capital as
Pandavas and settled openly in Upaplavya, another place in Matsya territory. From there,
they sent emissaries to summon their friends and relatives.
From Dwaraka came Balarama andKrishna with Arjunas wife Subhadra,
and her son, Abhimanyu and accompanied by mary Yadava warriors. Loud and long was the
blare of trumpet-conchs as the Matsya prince and-the Pandavas went forth to receive
Indrasena and many others like him, who had at the beginning of the
preceding year left the Pandavas in the forest, rejoined them with their chariots at
Upaplavya. The Kasi prince and Saibya ruler arrived with their forces.
Drupada, the Panchala prince, was there too with three divisions,
bringing with him Sikhandin and Draupadi's sons and her brother Dhrishtadyumna. There were
many other princes gathered at Upaplavya, well attached to the Pandavas,
Abhimanyu's marriage to princess Uttara was solemnized according to
Vedic rites before that illustrious gathering of friendly heroes. The wedding celebrations
over, they met in conclave in Virata's hall of assembly.