As a part of the new deal, the Pandavas were bestowed upon half of the kingdom which includes mainly an unreclaimed arid tract of land called Khandavaprastha. They relocates to Kandavaprastha, clears the land there and make it habitable. Soon settlers come. The name their capital city Indraprastha. which is by the banks of the […]
Sage Narada once visits the Pandavas who are living at Indraprastha (in Khandavaprastha). Upon his advice, the Pandavas institute a covenant on how to share Draupadi. During a year, Draupadi will be the wife of only one of the brothers, decided upon a round-robin scheme. All the other brothers should not set their eyes upon […]
Arjuna one day accidentally breaks the covenant of abstinence. Some Brahmins who are living near Indraprastha, come one day to Arjuna wailing that their wealth have been stolen by thieves. Arjuna have to get his weapons to chase the robbers . The weapons are kept in Yudhishtira‘s home. During that time, it was Yudhishtira‘s turn […]
The peripatetic Arjuna, seizes this opportunity and offers to spend an year in the forest in penance. Yudhishtira appeals to him not to go. But Arjuna wants to get away. So taking his bow, arrow and quiver, he is on his way.
Arjuna travels widely during this period. But, wherever he goes, he also has the habit of marrying the local princess. Near the gates of river Ganges, Arjuna marries Ulupi, the daughter of king Kauravya of the Nagas. Then he travels south, crossing Kalinga, and at the kingdom of Manalura, he marries Chitrangada, the daughter of […]
Towards the last leg of his 12 month sojourn in the forest, Arjuna travels west to Dwaraka, which was the abode of Krishna and his Yadava tribe. The abduction of Subhadra by Arjuna takes place while Arjuna is a guest at Dwaraka.
One day during his stay in Dwaraka, Arjuna sees Subhadra, Krishna‘s sister and desires her. He confides his desire to his bosom friend Krishna. Krishna warns that she is destined to get married by bridegroom choice. If Arjuna really wants her, Arjuna could try abducting Subhadra, since vedic baronial law allows that. Krishna would give […]
Angered at Arjuna‘s abduction of Subhadra, all the the Bhojas, Andhakas and Vrishnis (subclans of the Yadava clan), yoke their chariots and organize a posse after Arjuna. Krishna then pacifies the revolting people, arguing that what Arjuna have done is in line with the barronial law. “To have a relation with Arjuna is an honor”. […]