Veer Arjun

(Certified: Mar 26, 1952)
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Veer Arjun was declared the champion warrior from amongst the Kaurava and Pandava princes. This incident sowed the seed of jealousy in the heart of Duryodhana, the eldest prince amongs the Kauravas. Unable to bear the fame of the prowess of Arjun and with a view to beat him, he formed life-long alliance with Karna. Yudhisthira, the son of Maharaja Dhritashtra's elder brother Pandu, was declared the heir to the throne. Though all consented, one heart was burning with jealousy at this decision. It was Duryodhana's. He, with the help of his uncle Shakuni, hatched a plot to burn the five Pandavas alive. But thanks to the courage and power of Bhim, all the five brothers and their mother Kunti came out of the ordeal unscathed. They lived incognito as Bhrahimns. Kauravas believed that Pandavas were dead and rejoiced. The "Swayamwar" of Drupadi was announced. An extremely difficult condition was to be fulfilled by the competitors to win the hand of Drupadi. The Kauravas failed in their attempts. Arjun was successful and he won Draupadi. Draupadi was endowed with the blessing that the man who married her, would be the King Emperor. Again the ambers of fire jealously burst out as the five Pandavas demanded their share of the Kingdom. This enraged Duryodhana and under the advice of uncle Shakuni he gave them a waste piece of land. The Pandavas, with their untiring eforts and skill, turned it into a fine city-Indraprashta. Gradually the Pandavas extended their kingdom throughout the length and breadth of Bharat through peaceful efforts and thus Draupad's belssings was fulfilled. They then made preparations for the greatest Yajna-the Rajasuya Yajna-and invited all the kings and princes to the function. Kauravas were also invited. Kauravas were aware of Yudhisthira's weakness for gambling. On this occasion, they invited Yudhishtira to a game of dice. In the heat of the game Yudhisthira lost everything his kindgom and even Drupadi. Drupadi was forcibly brought into the assembly where the game was played and the success-drunk Kauravas proceeded to undress her. The pleas of Draupadi fell on deaf ears and that generated the spark of the war between the forces of the evil and the good. As per condition of the game, pandavas lived in exile for thirteen years. After the expiry of the term Lord Krishna approached Kaurava's with a proposal to restore the share of Pandavas to them. But the Kaurava's turned the proposal down. And then the "Mahabharata"-the worlds First Great War took place. Arjun was downhearted that he had to fight agianst his own kitch and kin. Lord Krishna explained to him his duty which is embodied in "Bhagawadgita". Veer Arjun won the war and the good trumphed over the evil.

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