EVERYTHING was ready for the battle to begin. At this tense moment, both
armies saw with amazement Yudhishthira, the steadfast and brave son of Pandu, suddenly
doff his armour and put away his weapons and, descending from hischariot, proceed on foot
towards the commander of the Kaurava forces.
What is this that Yudhishthira is doing?" asked everyone and was
puzzled by this sudden and silent proceeding on the part of the Pandava.
Dhananjaya too was perplexed and he jumped down from his chariot and
ran to Yudhishthira. The other brothers and Krishna also joined.
They feared that perhaps Yudhishthira, surrendering to his natural
inclination, had suddenly decided to seek peace on any terms and was going forward to
"King, why are you proceeding to the enemy's fines in this strange
manner? You have told us nothing. The enemy is ready for battle, their soldiers sheathed
in armour and with uplifted weapons, but you have doffed your armour and thrown aside your
weapons and are proceeding forward, unattended and on foot.