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Draupadi’s blood bath – Shri Krishna – Ch. 47

Draupadi’s blood bath – Shri Krishna – Ch. 47

After getting the news of the death of the Kauravas’ army chief Shalya, Dushasan came out to fight. A battle was fought between Bhima and Dushasan. Dhritrashtra and Gandhari were worried that Bhima would accomplish his oath. During the fight, Bhima pulled out Dushasan’s hands and then killed him. After this, he brought his blood for Draupadi to wash her hair. Thus was conducted Draupadi’s blood bath. Duryodhan was very sad at Dushasan’s death.

Dhritrashtra and Gandhari were mourning Dushansan. Duryodhan felt very lonely after his brother’s death. Ashwathama, Kripacharya and Kritvarma consoled him.  The Pandavas were searching for him, so Duryodhan ran and hid at the bottom of a pond. The Pandava spies reached the lake as he did so, while searching for him, and duly informed the Pandavas of this hiding place of Duryodhan, while Dhritrashtra and Gandhari were praying for Duryodhan’s safety.

A battle was fought between Bhima and Dushasan. Dhritrashtra and Gandhari were worried that Bhima would accomplish his oath. During the fight, Bhima pulled out Dushasan’s hands and then killed him. After this, he brought his blood for Draupadi to wash her hair.

Here, Naradmuni spread the news of war on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Balram decided to go to Kurukshetra. Meanwhile, the mace fight commenced between Duryodhan and Bhima. In between, Balram came and tried to stop the war but Shri Krishna mollified him. When Bhimsen went completely against the rules of mace fighting and struck Duryodhan’s thighs and smashed them both, Balram got furious and wanted to punish Bhima, but Krishna reminded him that Bhima had vowed to do that very thing, and so was not guilty of any offense. Balram was not at all pleased with this, but had to accept it. He left Kurukshetra and went back to Dwaraka. On seeing Duryodhan’s condition, Ashwathama, Kripacharya and Kritvarma vowed to take revenge.

As soon as injured Duryodhan fell to the ground, Pandavas blew the conch shell of victory, and on hearing it, Draupadi was very happy.

When Bhimsen went completely against the rules of mace fighting and struck Duryodhan’s thighs and smashed them both, Balram got furious and wanted to punish Bhima, but Krishna reminded him that Bhima had vowed to do that very thing, and so was not guilty of any offense. Balram was not at all pleased with this, but had to accept it. 

Injured Duryodhan appointed Ashwathama as army chief and told him his sole desire was the death of all the Pandavas. Ashwathama immediately took an oath to kill them all. On the completion of the war, Shri Krishna, along with the Pandavas, went to Bhisma Pitamah on his bed of arrows, to receive his blessings. Shri Krishna mourned for all those who died in the war. After this, Krishna and the Pandavas went to Oghvati River to bathe. Here, in the darkness of night, Ashwathama attacked the Pandavas’ camp and killed Shikhandi.

Ashwathama immediately took an oath to kill them all. On the completion of the war, Shri Krishna, along with the Pandavas, went to Bhisma Pitamah on his bed of arrows, to receive his blessings. Shri Krishna mourned for all those who died in the war.

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