Book 10: Forty-nine Chapter (First Half)
Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 49: Verses 1-14
Akrura's visit to Hastinapura
Sri Suka began again : Going to Hastinapura, marked with the glory of the kings of Puru's race, AkrUra saw there Dhrtarastra (the son of Ambika) accompanied by Bhisma, (nay,) Vidura, Prtha (the mother of the Pandava brothers), Bahlika (uncle of Bhisma) alongwith his son (Somadatta), Drona (the son of Bharadwaja), accompanied by Krpa (a scion of sage Gotama), (as well as) Karna, Suyodhana (Duryodhana), Aswatthama (the son of Drona), Yudhisthira and his four brothers (the sons of Pandu) and other friends. Meeting his relatives in an appropriate manner, Akrura (the son of Gandini) was duly questioned by them about the welfare of their relatives (at Mathura), and himself enquired about their well-being (in return). He stayed there for some months with intent to ascertain the conduct (towards the sons of Pandu) of the king (Dhrtarastra), who had vile sons and little moral strength and followed the will of the wicked (his brother-in-law Sakuni, Karna and others). Prtha as well as Vidura (another half-brother of Dhrtarastra and a true friend and benefactor of the Pandavas) told him (Akrura) of all the evil-in the shape of administering poison etc-that had (already) been done and was (further) sought to be done by Duryodhana and others (the sons of Dhrtarastra), who were envious of the majesty, military skill, bodily strength, prowess, modesty and other excellent qualities of Prtha's sons as as of the love which the people bore for them well Approaching her cousin, Akrura, who was (quite) at hand, and recollecting her birth-place (Mathura) Prtha for her part spoke to him with tear-drops in her eyes (as follows): -
- For the story of Vidura see Book III
- For the names of Priha's brothers, sisters, nephews and the ladies of her parental home vide -versa 28-29, 30-31, . 46-55, 22-23 and 45 of Discourse XXIV of Book Nine.