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Duryodhan Troubles Paandav in Exile Too
When Paandav's 12 years passed, they went to King Viraat's city to pass their one year of incognito. At that time Duryodhan was especially on look out for them so that if they are recognized during that period, they would go to 13 years of exile again. But luckily almost the whole year would have passed quietly, if Keechak had not misbehaved with Draupadee in Viraat's palace. This misbehavior compelled Bheem to kill Keechak. As Duryodhan heard this news, he deducted that it was Bheem only who had killed Keechak, so Paandav were hiding in Viraat's palace.
He, taking the issue of unsecured Matsya Desh, first sent Susharmaa to drive some cows from there, and when King Viraat had gone there to secure them along with Yudhishthir, Bheem, Nakul and Sahadev, he attacked Viraat Nagar. Viraat's young son Uttar had to go to fight with Kaurav army. Arjun somehow accompanied him and defeated the whole Kaurav army - Bheeshm, Drone, Kripaa, Karn, Duryodhan etc. Everybody recognized Arjun even in an eunuch's disguise.
Duryodhan argued that Paandav had been recognized within the one year of incognito, so they should be sent to 13 years of exile again; but all calculations proved him wrong. Thus Paandav successfully completed their exile period.
Duryodhan's Plan for War
Duryodhan and Arjun in
Hearing this Duryodhan thought what he would do of weaponless Krishn, so he should ask for His army, but was afraid lest Arjun first asks for it. But he was very happy in his heart when Arjun asked Krishn Himself for himself. Duryodhan told that he would do with His army - that is what he wanted. After returning when he told this incident to his Maamaa Shakuni, he beat his head on his childishness.
The war broke in Kurukshetra. He mischievously got Shalya (Nakul and Sahadev's Maamaa) to his side. Duryodhan had 11 Akshauhinee army in all, and Paandav had only 7 Akshauhinee army. Besides there were many invincible heroes in Duryodhan's army - Bheeshm, Drone, Kripaa, Karn, Shalya, Ashwatthaamaa etc. Thus there was no match between the two armies. The war continued for 18 days. Bheeshm had fallen, Drone had died, Karn was killed by Arjun, Bheem had killed all his 99 brothers. Now there were only two people around him - Kripaa and Ashwatthaamaa. He asked Ashwatthaamaa to kill Paandav. He went to kill Paandav, but unfortunately he killed Draupadee's five sons who resembled their fathers. Ashwatthaamaa gave this news to Duryodhan and he peacefully died.
Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 03/30/12