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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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THE TWELFTH DAY

THE attempt to capture Yudhishthira alive failed. Drona was speaking to Duryodhana about this.

"It is clear we cannot succeed in ourefforts to seize Yudhishthira so long as Dhanan- jaya is nearby. It is no want of interest on my part. If by some stratagem we could draw Arjuna away to some other part of the field, I could pierce the Pandava forma- tions and capture Yudhishthira.

I promise to seize him and deliver him to you provided he does not flee from the battle, renouncing honour. If he does that, then also we win indeed, do we not?"

The chief of the Trigartadesa who heard Drona say this talked it over with his brothers, and they made a plan. They resolved to take the samsaptaka oath and challenge Arjuna to battle and draw him away from Yudhishthira's side.

Accordingly, together with a large force, they gathered, and sat before the fire, dressed in matted grass, and went through funeral gifts and ceremonies for them selves as if already dead, and took their oath:

"Not till we have killed Dhananjaya will we turn back. If we flee in fear from battle, may we be punished as for deadly sin!"

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