Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Rishi Vaishampayana narrates to King Janamejaya, the children of Pandu &Drutharashtra successfully completed their studies of Astra & Sastra and science of armaments under the guidance of Dronacharya and eventually the greatest news was brought before the King Drutharashtra of Hasthinapur and the venerable Bhishma Pitamaha son of Ganga, Maharishi Veda Vyasa, Krupacharya, Somadatta, Vidur and Valhika. Dronacharya appealed to King Drutharashtra to put in order for a grand ceremony to exhibit the aptitude of Pandavas and Kauravas as they have effectively completed the study of Astra & Sastra. King Drutharashtra was extremely happy, informed Dronacharya that immense riches awaiting for him as a gift and ordered for the preparations of a vast recreational site, time and the course of action etc. King Drutharashtra felt vulnerable realizing the fact that his blindness would cause an obstruction to witness the proficiency of his children, ordered Kshatri/Vidura to assist Dronacharya to make further arrangements for the occasion.
Dronacharya found an appropriate location for the grand celebration; all the villagers assembled on the site and an initiation ceremony was conducted to please the deities. Skilled architects of Kings were constructed magnificent places, put aside various weapons for the show according to the rules and regulations prescribed in the scriptures. A huge arena was marvelously arranged for the female spectators, villagers and rich people were also constructed spectator area of different sizes according to their status.
On the day of grand event, Bhishma Pitamaha, Kripacharya, dignitaries’ of Kuru Dynasty entered into the magnificent pavilion embellished with gold, diamonds and precious stones. In a while, King Drutharahstra entered with the escorts of his ministers. Gandhari, Kunthi, female members of the royal families in their elegant attire with their assistants assembled in the arena and took their seats. Brahmin, Kshtriya, Vaishya and Shudras leaving their cities behind occupied their seats in the grand pergola with tremendous joy and curiosity to witness the proficiency of the princes of Hasthinapur. In a minute, the entire crowd in the city assembled in the pavilion, reverberating noises of divine musical instruments like flute, and drums gave out the resemblance to the roar of sea. Dronacharya attired in white clothes, wearing sacred thread across the well-built chest, white beard, crystal garlands on his neck, beautifully smeared sacred ashes on forehead and hands majestically entered into the pavilion along with his son Ashwathama. It was the most stunning moment for the spectators to witness Dronacharya with his son Ashwathama like Moon and the planet Mars simultaneously in the clear sky. Dronacharya instructed the scholarly Brahmins to conduct the rituals for the initiation of the ceremony. The initial rituals were conducted with highly auspicious chants and divine music. The numerous weapons were brought into the pavilion by the men.
The princes of Kuru led by Yudhishtira majestically entered into the pavilion, the young warriors were attired in armor holding numerous weapons in hand. Each one of them displayed their skills in various weapons. The spectators were amazed at the proficiency of the princes of Kuru in the science of armaments and numerous weapons and it forced them to think of celestials and they highly praised Dronacharya. They astonished at the charisma, vigor, compassion, and prowess of the Princes of Kurus. Vrukodhar Bhima appeared with his weapon mace to face his opponent Duryodhana, appeared like two mountains, two warriors augmented their vigor and rambled like two elephants in the pavilion. Vidur narrated the skills of these two warriors to Drutharashtra, Gandhari and Kunthi.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!