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Duryodhana jumped up in joy and commanded Vidura to fetch Draupadi. “The Pandavas are all my slaves,” he said. “And so is Draupadi. Her quarters from now should be with the servants and not where the queens and princesses live.” Vidura stood up and angrily rebuked Duryodhana for the insults he was heaping on the Pandava brothers and their faultless wife. “The consequences are going to be serious and the destruction of the Kurus is sure to follow,” he warned.

“Fie unto you Kshatta,” cried Duryodhana, intoxicated with Shakuni’s success. He called a Pratikamin (attendant) standing nearby. He commanded the servant to seek Draupadi and fetch her to the hall. The Pratikamin went to where the royal ladies were resting and told Draupadi that her lord had lost everything in the gamble, including his queen. At his master’s command, the Pratikamin continued, he had come to take her to the gambling hall. A shocked and distraught Draupadi sent back the attendant saying, “Go find out first whether my lord lost me before he lost himself or after.”

The Paratikamin returned to the hall and repeated Draupadi’s words to those present. He looked at Yudhisthira for an answer. Yudhisthira sat grimly, without uttering a word. Nor did any of the elders speak. It was Duryodhana who burst out. “Let the Panchali princess come hither and put the question to her husband so that the entire assembly can hear the answer. Go and fetch her hither.” he commanded the attendant.

Yudhisthira managed to send a message secretly to Draupadi, asking her to come, scantily dressed though she was due to her season, and appeal to the king. Meanwhile, the impatient Duryodhana howled once again at the attendant to carry out his command. The Pratikamin stood terrified at the prospect of having to face Draupadi again. “What should I tell her?” he stuttered.

 “This fool is possessed of fear,” Duryodhana shouted to his brother Dushasana. “You go and fetch her, if necessary by force.” Dushasana, with his eyes red, went to where Draupadi was. On seeing him Draupadi tried to run to the interior, but the evil brother of Duryodhana chased her and caught her. Disregarding her protests and pleas he dragged her by her tresses to the assembly. The Panchali princess looked up and prayed, “Krishna, thou very incarnation of the supreme god Narayana, I look to thee alone to protect me.”

Even by that time, Yudhisthira became a slave to dice game. He stops thinking about good and bad. He put his complete kingdom as a bet and lost it. After the eleventh game, with all his assets gone, Yudhishtira did the ridiculous. He began wagering his own brothers, one by one. First the handsome Nakula, second the intellectual Sahadeva, then the archer Arjuna and finally the physically powerful Bhima. He lost all of them. He stakes himself in the game and lost. Still he refused to quit the gambling. Finally he staked the pandavas’s wife, Draupadi. Everyone in the gambling hall gasped. Duryodhana grinned and accepted the wager. Shakuni rolled the dice for the seventeenth time and said, ‘Hurrah! I have won’. Bhishma, Drona and Vidura who were watching these rapid progression, stayed speechless. Dushasana, Karna and Jayadratha were in thrilled and in mood.


Vidura approached Duryodhana to call off the game in order to avoid rivalry between Pandavas and Kauravas. Duryodhana flashed like a hooded snake and replied Vidura that he had no voice as he was eating and drinking with kauravas money. Duryodhana added that Vidura is only a son to menial and have no status to advise him. Vidura became speechless on Duryodhana’s words and had been insulted for favoring Pandavas to avoid the rivalry. Duryodhana then warned Vidura to accept the game going on here, otherwise to walk out from the palace for his loyalty towards Pandavas.

Ignoring Duryodhana’s warning, Vidura contacted Dhritarashtra once again to stop the evil activities happening in the gambling hall. Vidura added that Duryodhana is now blinded by rage and always heeds to the wicked ideas of wicked people. It’s good to remember how the Andhakas, Yadavas and Bhojas united to put an end to Kamsa. Vidura then said to Dhritarashtra that it is his duty to tell the truth of future events forcibly. At last Vidura said once more that enmity with Pandavas is not good for Kauravas. So saying, Vidura sat down. Dhritarashtra was unmoved and remained silent on Vidura’s words.


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