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Chapter 94: Arjuna leaves to acquire weapons

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Vyasa, who visited the Pandavas, told Yudhisthira, “I could see that Arjuna will slay your foes when the time comes. He should seek the necessary weapons for the purpose from the gods Rudra, Indra, Varuna, Yama and Kubera. I shall teach you a Mantra, which would enable one to behold the gods. You may, in turn, impart the knowledge to Arjuna.”

 Vyasa also advised Yudhisthira to keep moving to different places so that the forests do not get denuded and depleted by their continued presence.

After the sage’s departure, Yudhisthira advised Arjuna, “The Kauravas have stalwarts like Bhishma, Drona, Kripa, Karna and Aswathamma, with whom all knowledge of wielding weapons reside. You alone amongst us are capable of gaining such mastery in warfare as they possess. The god Indra is the repository of all the weapons of the gods. I have received instruction from the venerable Vyasa of a Mantra which, when recited, will expose to one, the entire universe including the gods. As desired by him, I shall pass that knowledge to you. Use it to seek Indra. Seek from him all his weapons which alone can help us in the battle to come. Seek weapons also from Rudra, Varuna, Yama and Kubera.”

Bowing to his brother’s wishes, Arjuna soon left on his quest for weapons. The remaining Pandavas, heeded to Vyasa’a advice and shifted their camp to the Kamyaka forest once again, this time on the banks of the River Saraswati. There they lived for the next five years.

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