princes, as well as mighty monarchs, are now on their side. Bhishma and Drona, indeed,
have no respect for Duryodhana's character, but will not give him up and are prepared to
sacrifice their lives on his side in the battlefield. Karna is a brave and skilful
fighter, well versed in the use of all the weapons.
The course of war is unpredictable and success
is uncertain. There is no use in being hasty." Thus Yudhishthira managed with
difficulty to restrain the impatience of the younger Pandavas.
Later, as advised by Vyasa, Arjuna went to the
Himalayas to practise austerities for & purpose of getting new weapons from the devas.
Arjuna took leave of his brothers and went to Panchali to bid her farewell.
She said: "O Dhananjaya, may you prosper
in your mission. May God give you all that Kuntidevi hoped and wished for when you were
The happiness, life, honour and prosperity of
us all depend on you Return after acquiring new weapons." Thus Panchali sent him
forth with auspicious words.