Yudhisthira counselled for Rajasuya Yagna

Rajasuyarambha Parva : Sabha parva: Chapter 2

Rajasuya Yagna counselling to Yudhisthira was initially provided by Narada muni in the Rajasuyarambha parva of Sabha parva. Narada Muni, who according to his wish can travel any parts of Universe, said that it was the wish of King Pandu that Yudhisthira must convey Rajasuya yagna of great fame. All the friends and allies of Yudhisthira also agreed to the fact, but Yudhisthira’s mind was not pleased unless he asked the same to Hrishikesh. Krishna on hearing the same agreed to the king about Rajasuya, but foretold a challenge the king would face. He also gave a resolution to the challenge at the end, that pleased the king.

After Narada Muni finished narrating the Political science checklist and after Yudhisthira matched those with his own, he asked the great sage about his gem decked Sabha. Narada appraised the sabha and tallied the same with that of Yama, Varuna, Indra and all the best of those kinds. After he finished, he narrates Yudhisthira about the wish of his father. He said that his father, king Pandu is highly pleased for the righteous act of his and he wished him to follow Rajasuya yagna, so that his fame remain like that of King Harishchandra of Krita Yuga.

Narada Muni also added that, father of Yudhisthira wishes him to follow Rajasuya Yagna, also because of the reason that when he does that sacrifice, all his sons, he himself along with all ancestors will rise to the abode of Indra, as a fruit of the Yagna. Saying thus, Narada Muni, the one who roams about the universe at his own will, takes leave of the King and retires from there.

Yudhisthira, thinking in mind about the word of Narada Muni and about his father’s wish, consulted with many allies and friends. Everyone suggested that, he deserves to be the emperor and there is none except himself to hold that position. Hence, he must go for that high merit Rajasuya Yagna without loss of time.  Still in mind, Yudhisthira had a question about his own strengths. At last, he remembered Dwarkadheesh for the purpose. He felt, that Krishna is the only one, who has won over all his desires and emotions. All the other allies can think of their own benefit, while counselling, but Krishna won’t. Hence, he sends a speedy messenger to Dwarka to ask Krishna visit him.

Getting the message of Yudhisthira, Krishna came fast to Indraprastha and visited the king of high fame. All the family members of Pandavas were ready to follow the words of Shri Hari and after an exchange of love and affection, Yudhisthira meets Krishna at night. He asks him whether he should go ahead with Rajasuya Yagna or not. Krishna in reply praised him for the effort and also suggested that a King like him must be the emperor, whom the rulers find closer even more than their own parents. But, there lies a problem and that has to be sorted before going ahead.

Krishna claimed that, there lies one ruler, who is boastful in power and he has already made himself seated as an emperor. His name is Jarasandha and his ally is huge and mighty. In his ally, there are army generals like Sisupala, the Chedi King. He has also Bhagadatta as his ally and other allies included Dimbaka, Kalyavana and Kansa. The last three has been slayed, but still Jarasandha alone is enough to resist Ajatshatru’s march towards Rajasuya Sacrifice. Krishna narrates more about Jarasandha, regarding his birth in two halves; Jara’s effort to do the medical surgery and join him; and also about his attacks on Mathura, for which the Vrishnis and Andhakas had to flee to Dwarkavati.

Yudhisthira, hearing the words of Hrishikesha, came to a resolution that Rajasuya cannot be attained by him. According to him, the emperor, whom Krishna could not slay, how can he be vanquished in war by him or by anyone present on this earth! While, the king who always beheld himself in righteous action, narrates his resolution to Keshav, the slayer of Madhu replied differently. He added more information that, the Jarasandha is extremely wicked in nature and he has made captive 84 rulers with him. The mighty one has taken up a resolution to collect 100 such Kshatriyas and sacrifice their life before Rudra to announce himself Emperor.

Sauti, also added that being a Kshatriya and being borne in a race of high fame of righteousness, Yudhisthira must give up his resolution and try to free those 84 Kshatriyas. If the Kshatriyas can be freed and Jarasandha can be slayed, there is no doubt that Yudhisthira will be the emperor, after completing Rajasuya. Yudhisthira was sensing the fear in his mind and hence still disagreed to the words of Madhava. Arjuna then interfered and said about some tricks. Partha said that being a Kshatriya, there can be no noble job than to loose in battle and accept death at battlefield, while trying to rescue innocents.

He added, the King Jarasandha is on a vow and is weaker now. Hence, he must be attacked and demised for the sake of the world. Bhima also appraised Dhananjaya and uttered that, Krishna has the Intelligence, he himself has the strength and Partha has triumph. These three are the key aspects to win a war. Hence, he won’t sense the loss of Yudhisthira in the approach. Krishna admits the word of both and said in pleasant voice initially these words. He said, O King, according to my opinion, no foe whose strength is much famed and whether he is stronger or not to us is unknown, must be attacked in battle.

He added more, hence the best way would be reach the foe affront and wish a one to one battle. Once we reach there, for the sake of his own fame, he would surely choose Bhima to be the one with whom he would fight and the king who is in vow for a year, can never win over your brother of immeasurable body strength. Hence, O King, if you have trust on me, give upon me these two brothers of yours. Victory will surely be yours. Listening to that, the King desirous to do Rajasuya sacrifice, felt shy on the words of Hrishikesha and allotted his two brothers on Sauti.

Narada Muni Counsels Rajasuya to Yudhisthira

After Narada Muni finished narrating the Political science checklist and after Yudhisthira matched those with his own, he asked the great sage about his gem decked Sabha. Narada appraised the sabha and tallied the same with that of Yama, Varuna, Indra and all the best of those kinds. After he finished, he narrates Yudhisthira about the wish of his father. He said that his father, king Pandu is highly pleased for the righteous act of his and he wished him to follow Rajasuya yagna, so that his fame remain like that of King Harishchandra of Krita Yuga.

Narada Muni also added that, father of Yudhisthira wishes him to follow Rajasuya Yagna, also because of the reason that when he does that sacrifice, all his sons, he himself along with all ancestors will rise to the abode of Indra, as a fruit of the Yagna. Saying thus, Narada Muni, the one who roams about the universe at his own will, takes leave of the King and retires from there.

Krishna Counsels Rajasuya to Yudhisthira

Yudhisthira, thinking in mind about the word of Narada Muni and about his father’s wish, consulted with many allies and friends. Everyone suggested that, he deserves to be the emperor and there is none except himself to hold that position. Hence, he must go for that high merit Rajasuya Yagna without loss of time.  Still in mind, Yudhisthira had a question about his own strengths. At last, he remembered Dwarkadheesh for the purpose. He felt, that Krishna is the only one, who has won over all his desires and emotions. All the other allies can think of their own benefit, while counselling, but Krishna won’t. Hence, he sends a speedy messenger to Dwarka to ask Krishna visit him.

Getting the message of Yudhisthira, Krishna came fast to Indraprastha and visited the king of high fame. All the family members of Pandavas were ready to follow the words of Shri Hari and after an exchange of love and affection, Yudhisthira meets Krishna at night. He asks him whether he should go ahead with Rajasuya Yagna or not. Krishna in reply praised him for the effort and also suggested that a King like him must be the emperor, whom the rulers find closer even more than their own parents. But, there lies a problem and that has to be sorted before going ahead.

Krishna claimed that, there lies one ruler, who is boastful in power and he has already made himself seated as an emperor. His name is Jarasandha and his ally is huge and mighty. In his ally, there are army generals like Sisupala, the Chedi King. He has also Bhagadatta as his ally and other allies included Dimbaka, Kalyavana and Kansa. The last three has been slayed, but still Jarasandha alone is enough to resist Ajatshatru’s march towards Rajasuya Sacrifice. Krishna narrates more about Jarasandha, regarding his birth in two halves; Jara’s effort to do the medical surgery and join him; and also about his attacks on Mathura, for which the Vrishnis and Andhakas had to flee to Dwarkavati.

Hearing those words of distress, Hutasana then recollected Varuna, the son of Aditi and the protector of water. As Varuna came there, Agni requested him to produce that best of bows, Gandiva. The bow that has been created by Biswakarma by his own and that bow which none other than Rudra and Soma can raise and string. He also requested him, for the purpose of Khandava Dahana, to provide the chariot with a golden flag at the top, where a giant Ape resides.

That chariot with Kapidhwaj is wonderful to look at and is surrounded by flag with innumerable creatures on them. The sound made by the creatures can take away the life of many. Finally, he requested Varuna to provide the two quivers, whose arrows are never exhausted. All these he need for Partha to evacuate Khandava forest. As Varuna gave all of those, Partha looked at the chariot, roaming on all sides of it and he placed the string on the Gandiva and took it in his hands. He looked perfectly equipped and the celestials found that Gandiva was created for that hero of heroes only, by the old Biswakarma.

Krishna, Bhima, Arjuna marches Jarasandha for Rajasuya

Yudhisthira, hearing the words of Hrishikesha, came to a resolution that Rajasuya cannot be attained by him. According to him, the emperor, whom Krishna could not slay, how can he be vanquished in war by him or by anyone present on this earth! While, the king who always beheld himself in righteous action, narrates his resolution to Keshav, the slayer of Madhu replied differently. He added more information that, the Jarasandha is extremely wicked in nature and he has made captive 84 rulers with him. The mighty one has taken up a resolution to collect 100 such Kshatriyas and sacrifice their life before Rudra to announce himself Emperor.

Sauti, also added that being a Kshatriya and being borne in a race of high fame of righteousness, Yudhisthira must give up his resolution and try to free those 84 Kshatriyas. If the Kshatriyas can be freed and Jarasandha can be slayed, there is no doubt that Yudhisthira will be the emperor, after completing Rajasuya. Yudhisthira was sensing the fear in his mind and hence still disagreed to the words of Madhava. Arjuna then interfered and said about some tricks. Partha said that being a Kshatriya, there can be no noble job than to loose in battle and accept death at battlefield, while trying to rescue innocents.

He added, the King Jarasandha is on a vow and is weaker now. Hence, he must be attacked and demised for the sake of the world. Bhima also appraised Dhananjaya and uttered that, Krishna has the Intelligence, he himself has the strength and Partha has triumph. These three are the key aspects to win a war. Hence, he won’t sense the loss of Yudhisthira in the approach. Krishna admits the word of both and said in pleasant voice initially these words. He said, O King, according to my opinion, no foe whose strength is much famed and whether he is stronger or not to us is unknown, must be attacked in battle.

He added more, hence the best way would be reach the foe affront and wish a one to one battle. Once we reach there, for the sake of his own fame, he would surely choose Bhima to be the one with whom he would fight and the king who is in vow for a year, can never win over your brother of immeasurable body strength. Hence, O King, if you have trust on me, give upon me these two brothers of yours. Victory will surely be yours. Listening to that, the King desirous to do Rajasuya sacrifice, felt shy on the words of Hrishikesha and allotted his two brothers on Sauti.

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