Mahabharat: Chapter 51 Duryodhana Fooled Salya to Help Him
Madri was the mother of Nakula and Sahadeva. Madri’s brother, was Salya, the monarch of Madradesa. He learned that the Pandavas were setting up camp in the Upaplavya city and getting ready for battle. He assembled a sizable army and marched there to join the Pandavas.
Salya’s army was so enormous that its resting place’s encampment stretched for over fifteen kilometres.
Duryodhana learned about Salya and his advancing army. Duryodhana gave orders to his officers to equip him and his vast army with all amenities and lavish hospitality in order to entice Salya to join his side. In compliance with Duryodhana’s directive, a number of exquisitely designed rest houses were built at various locations along the journey, where Salya and his troops were shown exemplary hospitality. Food and beverages were abundantly available.
Salya was really happy that people were paying attention to him, but he thought that his nephew Yudhishthira had set everything up. The earth trembled beneath Salya’s men as they marched forward. One day, after being extremely satisfied with the service, he contacted the wait staff and told them: “I must show my appreciation to everyone who has shown my men and I respect such love and care. Tell Kunti’s son to bring me his permission so I may do this, if you please.”
The servants went to their master, Duryodhana, and informed him of this. The Kaurava hospitality was extended to Salya and his warriors, and Duryodhana, who was constantly moving covertly with the company waiting on them, seized this chance to stand before Salya and express his gratitude.
Salya was astounded by this because he had no idea what was going on up to that point. He was also moved by Duryodhana’s valour in treating a Pandava supporter to kingly hospitality. He was deeply impressed and shouted, “You are so wonderful and generous! How can I pay you back?”
Response came from Duryodhana “You should support me in battle with your armies. I want to reward you with this.”
Salya was taken aback.
“You are the same to both of us. You must value me on par with the Pandavas. You must consent to help me, “Duryodhana stated.
Salya said, “Let it be so.”
Salya overcomed by hospitality and his offer to ask Duryodhana what he wanted, put Salya in dilemma. Salya could have rejected the offer of the evil Kauravas but foolishly he agreed. He left the Pandavas, who were deserving of his love and respect, and swore an oath to fight alongside Duryodhana, which illustrates the perils that might arise from accepting the hospitality of rulers.
Salya then turned to Duryodhana and said: “I feel that it would not be appropriate to walk back without meeting Yudhishthira.”
“Duryodhana, have faith. I’ve sworn to uphold my promise. But I have to go to Yudhishthira and tell him what I did.”
“Visit him, then go back shortly. And keep the vow you made to me, “Duryodhana replied.
“All the best to you. re-enter your palace. I won’t desert you.” While Yudhishthira was camping in the city of Upaplavya, Salya left after saying this.
The Madra king was warmly welcomed by the Pandavas. Sahadeva and Nakula were ecstatic beyond words to meet their uncle, to whom the Pandavas had recounted all of their tribulations.
Salya told them the incident of his commitment to Duryodhana when they started discussing about getting his assistance in the looming conflict. Yudhishthira saw right away that he had made a mistake by taking Salya’s help for granted and allowing Duryodhana to thwart their plans.
Yudhishthira tried his best to hide his displeasure as he said to Salya, “Great warrior, you must honour the commitment you made to Duryodhana.
When Karna wants Arjuna’s life on the battlefield, he will have you as his charioteer since you are Vasudeva’s equal in combat. Are you going to be the one to kill Arjuna? Or are you going to intervene to save him? I am aware that asking you to do this is unfair. I still do.”
Salya then remorsefully responded: “My son, I was duped into giving Duryodhana my word, and I will be facing you in combat. However, if I were Karna’s charioteer and he started attacking Arjuna, you may assume that he would be discouraged and Arjuna would be rescued. Be at ease. The pains and insults that were inflicted upon Draupadi and all of you will soon be nothing more than a distant memory. Your future will be filled with luck. What fate has predetermined cannot be stopped or changed by anybody. I made a bad decision. Adapt to me.”
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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.
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