"Go, see him and return soon. And do not forget your promise to
me," said Duryodhana.
"Good luck to you. Go back to your palace. I will not betray
you." Saying this, Salya went to the city of Upaplavya where Yudhishthira was
The Pandavas received the ruler of Madra with great eclat. Nakula and
Sahadeva were joyous beyond measure to see their uncle to whom the Pandavas narrated all
their hard ships and sufferings.
When they started talking about obtaining his help in the war that was
impending, Salya related to them the story of his promise to Duryodhana.
Yudhishthira saw at once that it had been a mistake to take Salya's
assistance for granted, thereby letting Duryodhana forestall them.