Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 68:1-15

Book 10: Sixty-eight Chapter (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 68: Verses 1-15

Triumph of Sankarsana-in the form of dragging Hastinapura

Sri Suka began again : Pariksit ! Samba, son of Jambavati, was (a great warrior, who was) always victorious in battle. He carried away Laksmana, Duryodhana's daughter, from an assembly (of kings) called for the choice of her partner by the princess herself. The Kauravas were enraged at this. They said, " Setting us at naught, this unruly boy has forcibly taken away the girl, who did not even seek his hand. Imprison the wayward boy. What would the Yadavas do, who rule the land conferred on them by us and which has been thriving through our grace. If, on hearing of the captivity of the boy, the Vrsnis (venture to) come here, they will find their pride curbed and will be silenced in the same way as the senses thoroughly controlled (through Pranayama and other means) are easily tamed." Resolving thus, Karna, Sala, Bhurisrava, Yajnaketu, and Duryodhana proceeded to capture Samba with the approval of the elderly among the Kurus. Seeing the sons of Dhrtarastra (closely) pursuing him, Samba, a great car-warrior, took up a fine bow and singly stood defiant like a lion. In their eagerness to capture him, the Kaurava warriors advanced in great rage under the leadership of Karna, shouting 'Stop, stop', and approaching him, covered him up with (a shower of) arrows. Pariksit, though yet a boy, Samba was a son of the incomprehensible Lord (Sri Krsna).
Unjustly attacked by the Kurus, he resented it like a lion attacked by the smaller animals. Twanging his splendid bow, he individually hit the six Kuru heroes-advancing against him in their chariots-with six arrows each at one and the same time. With four arrows he hit the four horses (drawing the chariot of each warrior) and with one arrow each he hit the driver as well as the warrior himself. The enemies, who were (each) armed with a large bow, admired this exploit of Samba. (All) the (six) Kuru warriors then (attacked him simultaneously and) deprived him of his chariot. Four of them killed his four horses, one in his turn killed his charioteer and the remaining one tore off his bow. (Thus) depriving him of his chariot in the battle, the Kurus bound Samba with difficulty and returned triumphantly to their city, carrying him and Duryodhana's daughter, Laksmana (with them). Pariksit, hearing of this from the lips of the (celestial) sage Narada, the Yadus felt greatly enraged and began their preparations, as directed by (their chief) Ugrasena, to march against the Kauravas. Balarama, the Destroyer of the impurities of the Kali age did not however approve of a quarrel between the Kurus and the Yadus. Although the Yadava heroes had completed their preparations (for the fight). He pacified them and drove to Hastinapura in a chariot brilliant like the sun, accompanied by a number of Brahmanas and some elders of the Yadu race, like the moon in the midst of planets.



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