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One day, while walking along the river Yamuna, Arjuna inquired Krishna that why Rama is not able to build bridge of arrows across the sea, despite being considered as a great archer. Arjuna stated that he can create the bridge of arrows across the sea, as he early did for the elephants of Indra to descend to earth. Hanuman now disguised as a small monkey overheard the conversation of Arjuna, while on a tree. Hanuman did not like Arjuna’s boast. He went down to the ground from the tree and said to Arjuna that bridge of arrows can’t bear the weight of monkeys. So he built a bridge of stones. Hanuman then said to Arjuna that a bridge of arrows can’t support the weight of a single monkey like him. Arjuna, who did not recognize Hanuman, thought that the small monkey is mocking him. So he built a magnificent bridge extending hundred miles across the ocean and then said to that monkey to dance and play on the bridge. The monkey placed his paw on it and the bridge broken immediately. Hanuman laughed and mocked Arjuna that is he the real man who created the bridge of arrows between heaven and earth for Indra’s elephants to descend to earth.

Arjuna felt so shamed and even thought about killing himself. But that time, a sage saw the incidents and he went to Arjuna and said to build a bridge of arrows once more by chanting “Ram Krishna Hari”. Arjuna did as per the advice by the sage and this time, the bridge held the weight of monkey when stepped. Hanuman then exposed his true form to Arjuna and increased his body to giant size as that of a mountain. The bridge stood solid despite being the gigantic pressure of Hanuman. The sage then said to Arjuna that the name of Rama ensured the bridge of stones to hold the weight of monkeys and it was the name of Krishna ensured the bridge of arrows to hold the weight of Hanuman. Arjuna then realized that strength alone is not enough to accomplish the tasks but divine grace is needed. The sage added that without Krishna, Arjuna is nothing and both of them were Nara and Narayana. Arjuna bowed the sage and then fell at Hanuman’s feet for forgiving his arrogance. Hanuman then blessed Arjuna and given the promise of ever presenting in his chariot flag as a sign and keep on serving him. Arjuna who is now unaware about the meaning of Nara and Narayana inquired Hanuman. Hanuman replied that the secret will be shortly revealed to him.

Later Krishna revealed the secret to Arjuna that once they together fought many demons and won many battles for Devas in Satya Yuga. Now both of them were reborn in earth to restore dharma as Nara is Arjuna and Narayana is Krishna. Krishna then left for Dwaraka.

As Krishna was performing his morning rituals to Sun god, a Gandharva called Gaya spits the pan down his divine plane. It fell on Krishna’s head. Furious, Krishna saw Gaya in the sky and understood the situation. Krishna became angry due to his disrespect and he vowed to kill Gaya. Hearing the vow, Gaya panicked. A frightened Gaya ran to Indraprastha and fell at Subhadra’s feet and begged for life. He then told her that a mad warrior chasing him for killing due to an accidentally happened crime. Feeling sorry, Subhadra consoled Gaya that her husband, Arjuna would save her from that mad warrior. Shortly thereafter, an angry Krishna came to Indraprastha to behead Gaya. Subhadra realized that the mad warrior was none other than his brother, Krishna. But she could not go back on her word, so she informed Arjuna to protect Gaya from Krishna. Krishna who had taken the vow to kill Gaya was not ready to back from it, despite being sister’s protection.

Before long, Krishna and Arjuna stood face to face. Arjuna took his Gandiva in his hand while the Sudarshan Chakra is whirring around Krishna’s finger. Gaya lay trembling at Subhadra’s feet. The situation was nervous. Both of them were not ready to back in order to protect the given words. As keeping the one’s word is the primary rule of dharma. If Arjuna struck Krishna, then the world would cease as he is the preserver of life in earth, and if Krishna struck Arjuna, then it will result in the end of the Pandavas. The gods watching from heaven were so alarmed and they begged Brahma and Shiva to mediate the situation. Brahma then appeared in front of Arjuna and said to let Krishna behead Gaya. After that Brahma would restore Gaya to life so that Arjuna can keep his word. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Arjuna lowered his bow. Krishna then beheaded the Gaya to carry out his vow. Brahma then restored the life of Gaya. Gaya thanked Arjuna and apologized to Krishna for having caused such environmental pollution.
Kunti along with the members of Pandava family welcomed Arjuna and Subhadra. Krishna, Balarama and other family members including the people from Vrishnis, Andhakas and Bhojas (Yadava tribes) followed them and arrived at Indraprastha. They brought some attractive dowry to the Pandava capital, which includes cows, mares, mules, draught horses, chariots, gold, silver, elephants, gems and rich clothing. After much happiness and the bride’s party, they returned to Dwaraka. Krishna alone stayed back to spend some time with Arjuna. In due course, Arjuna and Subhadra gave birth to a son. His name was Abhimanyu.

Draupadi (Panchali) already bored a son to each of the five brothers, in intervals of one year after their Swayamvara. They were Prativindhya of Yudhishthira, Sutasoma of Bhima, Srutakarman of Arjuna, Satanika of Nakula and Srutasena of Sahadeva. Together they were called as Upapandavas. They were raised in their maternal palace - Panchal. Draupadi's brother Dhristyadhumna took care of their education and war skills.