Chapter 40 Chitrasena Defeated and Insulted Duryodhana
With a sizable army and a sizable following, the Kauravas arrived at Dwaitavan.
At the sheer prospect of being able to gloat over the unfortunate circumstances of the Pandavas, Duryodhana and Karna went with a smile on their faces. They themselves set up camp four miles away from the Pandavas’ home in opulent guesthouses. They examined the cow herds and conducted an inventory of them. They loved the dance, the hunt, the sylvan sports, and other entertainments that had been planned for them after counting the cows, bulls, and calves.
Duryodhana and his hunting party came to a picturesque pond close to the Pandavas’ retreat and Duryodhana gave the order to set up a tent on its bank. Duryodhana’s warriors were unable to set up camp because Chitrasena, the king of the Gandharvas, and his attendants were already camped next to the pool. When they returned to Duryodhana, they said that a small-town prince and his followers were causing them difficulty.
This assumption infuriated Duryodhana, who ordered his troops to drive the Gandharva prince away and erect the tents. The attendants went back to the lake and attempted to carry out the orders, but they were unable to handle the number of Gandharvas and were forced to flee in the rain.
When Duryodhana learned of this, he became furious and marched with a sizable army to vanquish the bold adversaries who had ventured to oppose his pleasure. The army of Duryodhana and the Gandharvas engaged in a fierce battle.
The battle initially ended in the Kauravas’ favour. But when Chitrasena, the king of the Gandharvas, gathered his army and started utilising his magic weapons, the situation swiftly changed. Karna and the other Kaurava heroes were forced to flee in haste and shame when their chariots and weapons were lost. Only Duryodhana remained on the battlefield, but Chitrasena quickly apprehended him, chained him from head to toe, and blew his conch as a sign of triumph.
Many of the renowned Kauravas were captured by the Gandharvas. Some of the Kaurava army’s fugitives sought shelter in the Pandavas’ hermitage while others fled in all directions.
Bhima was delighted and amused to learn of Duryodhana’s defeat and captivity. To Yudhishthira, he uttered: “These Gandharvas have already completed our task. Duryodhana, who undoubtedly came here to make fun of us, has received his due. I want to say thank you to our Gandharva buddy!”
However, Yudhishthira chastised him: “This is not the moment to celebrate, my brother. The humiliation suffered by the Kauravas at the hands of outsiders belongs to us because they are our relatives. We cannot remain silent and accept this.
We have to save them.”
This didn’t seem very logical to Bhima. He stated: “When he attempted to burn us alive in the wax home of Lakshagriha, why should we save this sinner? Why should you feel bad for the man who tainted my food, chained me from head to toe, and intended to drown me in the river? What kind of fraternal feeling can we truly have for these disgusting scumbags who humiliated Draupadi by dragging her by the hair to the assembly?”
When Duryodhana’s cries of suffering could be dimly heard coming from a distance, Yudhishthira was deeply touched and rejected Bhima’s reluctance to order his brothers to help the Kauravas.
Bhima and Arjuna collected the dispersed Kaurava forces at his command and challenged the Gandharvas to combat. However, Chitrasena had no desire to engage in combat with the Pandavas and, upon hearing of their approach, freed Duryodhana and the other captives, declaring that his only goal was to humiliate the haughty Kauravas.
The dishonoured Kauravas hastily made their way back to Hastinapura, where Karna, who had been chased off the battlefield, had joined them. When Chitrasena insulted him, Duryodhana thought it would have been much better for him, and he declared his intention to fast until he died.
To Duhsasana, he said: “Crown yourself, then dominate the realm. My opponents have made fun of me to the point that I can no longer live.”
Duhsasana gripped his brother’s feet and sobbed as he pleaded his ineligibility to rule. Karna was unable to endure seeing his brother’s anguish.
Karna stated: “This is not appropriate for Kuru heroes. What good is it to merely give in to grief? Only your adversaries will benefit from it. Just observe the Pandavas. Despite the shame they have endured, they have not started fasting.”
Sakuni stepped in and clarified: “Karna has some words for you. Why do you claim that you would give up your life since you already own the kingdom that the Pandavas were forced to cede to you? Fasting is useless because, if you truly regret what you have done thus far, you should make friends with the Pandavas and return their throne to them.”
When Duryodhana heard this statement, his evil side once again took control since ceding the kingdom to the Pandavas was 100 times worse for him than losing or being humiliated. “I shall defeat the Pandavas,” he said.
“That is the way for a ruler to talk,” Karna said.
He further added: “What purpose does death serve? Only if you are alive can you accomplish something significant.”
“I promise to you by all that is sacred that, when the specified term of thirteen years is through, I will kill Arjuna in combat,” Karna said as he made his way home. As a sign of the oath, he then touched his sword.
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