Mahabharat Chapter 40 Chitrasena Defeated and Insulted Duryodhana

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.”

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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.

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“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.

Keep Mahabharat Book at Home and Read Daily – DO NOT FALL TO FAKE PROPAGANDA and Allow Enemies to Weaken our Dharma and Bharat

This historical epic Mahabharat is known as fifth Veda. It is a common misconception spread by mlecchas; muslims and christian missionaries, and secular Hindus that reading Mahabharat or keeping it at home will likely lead to arguments and fighting. All of this misinformation was spread by illiterate mlecchas and anti-Hindus, and it is completely incorrect. It is done to mentally weaken Hindus so that they avoid reading Mahabharat. Because Mahabharat invokes bravery, pride and sense of confidence in Hindus.

Keep a copy of Mahabharat at home and read it online at the HariBhakt website. Mahabharat is rightly called the fifth Veda for Kaliyuga people because it is a tool and guidance to invoke confidence and bravery in Sanatan Dharmi Hindus.

You can read complete Mahabharat by following Chapter links given below. You can check Glossary of Mahabharat here.

Mahabharat All Chapters (Sampurna Mahabharata)

Mahabharat Chapter 1 Mahabharat Chapter 54
Mahabharat Chapter 2 Mahabharat Chapter 55
Mahabharat Chapter 3 Mahabharat Chapter 56
Mahabharat Chapter 4 Mahabharat Chapter 57
Mahabharat Chapter 5 Mahabharat Chapter 58
Mahabharat Chapter 6 Mahabharat Chapter 59
Mahabharat Chapter 7 Mahabharat Chapter 60
Mahabharat Chapter 8 Mahabharat Chapter 61
Mahabharat Chapter 9 Mahabharat Chapter 62
Mahabharat Chapter 10 Mahabharat Chapter 63
Mahabharat Chapter 11 Mahabharat Chapter 64
Mahabharat Chapter 12 Mahabharat Chapter 65
Mahabharat Chapter 13 Mahabharat Chapter 66
Mahabharat Chapter 14 Mahabharat Chapter 67
Mahabharat Chapter 15 Mahabharat Chapter 68
Mahabharat Chapter 16 Mahabharat Chapter 69
Mahabharat Chapter 17 Mahabharat Chapter 70
Mahabharat Chapter 18 Mahabharat Chapter 71
Mahabharat Chapter 19 Mahabharat Chapter 72
Mahabharat Chapter 20 Mahabharat Chapter 73
Mahabharat Chapter 21 Mahabharat Chapter 74
Mahabharat Chapter 22 Mahabharat Chapter 75
Mahabharat Chapter 23 Mahabharat Chapter 76
Mahabharat Chapter 24 Mahabharat Chapter 77
Mahabharat Chapter 25 Mahabharat Chapter 78
Mahabharat Chapter 26 Mahabharat Chapter 79
Mahabharat Chapter 27 Mahabharat Chapter 80
Mahabharat Chapter 28 Mahabharat Chapter 81
Mahabharat Chapter 29 Mahabharat Chapter 82
Mahabharat Chapter 30 Mahabharat Chapter 83
Mahabharat Chapter 31 Mahabharat Chapter 84
Mahabharat Chapter 32 Mahabharat Chapter 85
Mahabharat Chapter 33 Mahabharat Chapter 86
Mahabharat Chapter 34 Mahabharat Chapter 87
Mahabharat Chapter 35 Mahabharat Chapter 88
Mahabharat Chapter 36 Mahabharat Chapter 89
Mahabharat Chapter 37 Mahabharat Chapter 90
Mahabharat Chapter 38 Mahabharat Chapter 91
Mahabharat Chapter 39 Mahabharat Chapter 92
Mahabharat Chapter 40 Mahabharat Chapter 93
Mahabharat Chapter 41 Mahabharat Chapter 94
Mahabharat Chapter 42 Mahabharat Chapter 95
Mahabharat Chapter 43 Mahabharat Chapter 96
Mahabharat Chapter 44 Mahabharat Chapter 97
Mahabharat Chapter 45 Mahabharat Chapter 98
Mahabharat Chapter 46 Mahabharat Chapter 99
Mahabharat Chapter 47 Mahabharat Chapter 100
Mahabharat Chapter 48 Mahabharat Chapter 101
Mahabharat Chapter 49 Mahabharat Chapter 102
Mahabharat Chapter 50 Mahabharat Chapter 103
Mahabharat Chapter 51 Mahabharat Chapter 104
Mahabharat Chapter 52 Mahabharat Chapter 105
Mahabharat Chapter 53 Mahabharat Chapter 106

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