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Later on, Krishna's sister Subhadra falls in love with Arjuna and marries him. It was the custom amongst the Yadava clan during those times to marry their. The story is mentioned in Mahabharata, Adi Parva. Once Bhojas, Vrishnis and Andhakas are celebrating mountain-festival on Raivatak. The marriage between Arjuna and Subhadra was engineered by Krishna who made a statement that a marriage based on love is the highest.
And developed a bizarre feeling which I believed was love. As I built it up, I sat upright. And looked at the yati straight in the eye to answer.Hidden facts about the Love Stories of Arjuna
I hated that some of my feelings still remained. But they would eventually wear off, I know. Wherever he was was a mystery I had no intention of solving. Is that why you decided to forget about him? His eyes were following every movement I made.
With a goddess for a wife. Look at his brother, Bheema. He already married Hidimbi before Draupadi. The reality is something else. He is real, Subhadra.
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She shares her love between all the five brothers. But the fact that this forbidden man I had fallen in love with found me marriageable. And thought of me as an amazing young lady.
There was no better honour than hearing the love of your life declare that you were amazing. His eyes twinkled at me. What reason do I have to be willing to marry Arjuna? See, look at you and me. But it seemed my bluff had the same effect. He stared at me. He stared at me again. Subhadra needs to know when to shut up. Nothing much to say. What are you talking about?
He was tall, was an archer, and he was all right.
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If he was just all right, then why is the whole country singing his praises every single day? Whipping my head around, I saw my second brother standing at the threshold, a beam on his face. The yati immediately stood up, folding his hands to Krishna.
Krishna smiled at him, taking his hands in his own. His eyes shifted back and forth from the pair of us. I doubted whether she knew anything about him at all. Shame on her for not knowing about her cousin. His eyes were on the yati but his smile was for me. Krishna always had access to my mind. It was how I lay alone in my room, spilling my fears and other insecurities to him.
His presence in my head alone soothed me, like the way God would do. I crossed my arms over my chest. He froze, staring at me in surprise. I began trembling again, the tears leaking once more. I pulled back, looking up at him. Do you hear me?
Shall we hold a swayamvara? All the princes and kings will be there. You will have all the liberty to choose who you want. What if I get fascinated at first look but then I hate him after getting married, when nothing can be done to reverse time?
So you would like to get to know your groom-to-be before the big day. I rolled my eyes and turned away, kicking the sand under my feet. Someone who knows you so well too? You have no idea how close you are to Arjuna. In a brotherly fashion, as though the pair of them had been the best of friends for years.
I opened my mouth, then closed it again, staring in some horror at the man in disguise, taking in everything he was, now getting the picture of why he was built like that.
Ask your brother for further clarification. This was a punishment of my breaking the rule I had forged with my brothers. I was destined to come here and meet you. You and I are meant to be together. He may have been in disguise but he was Arjuna all that time he spent with you. He had been Arjuna. But the aftermath of my juvenile obsession and the damage it brought to my mind and heart overruled it. As soundless as a cat, I sneaked out of my room, made my way through my corridors and pushed the glass doors to my part of the palace open.
The chill of the midnight air fanned my face, cooling the heat my cheeks adapted at the thought and execution of my attempt to go and see Arjuna with a calm and composed mind. I knew I had been unreasonable when I blew my top at him earlier this afternoon. But how else could I have reacted?
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His reveal had come at me out of blue and had shaken me, which made me blurt out the first things that had always been there, ripe in my mind. It took a while before I calmed down and thought things over.
Krishna was the one who found him and brought him here. And had been put under my care by Krishna … Krishna. He knew it was Arjuna. And had Krishna played the role of a matchmaker?
There was only one way to know. I shivered in the cold night air as I put one foot in front of the other to walk across the fresh grass, eyes fixed on the bamboo hut.
I knew Arjuna would be sleeping, but this will only take a few minutes. As I reached the entrance, I took in a deep breath, and slowly peeked in through the doorway. And was perplexed to see it … deserted. Puzzled, I stepped inside, looking around. All the luxuries that came with the hut were located in their rightful place, completely untouched. A sinking thought seeped in. It did create a strong pang of regret.
Because I had really fallen in love with him this time. Got to know the man behind the Gandhiva and experienced his gentle, loving nature. He knew me inside out, and I knew him, connected with him.
After giving me that, are you going to leave me, Arjuna? My anguished thoughts asked him. It was no secret his exile was over. The door to Indraprastha had been opened again. The door to Draupadi had been opened again. Startled, I jumped almost a foot in the air before whirling around, my heart in danger of failing. He no longer was in the attire of a yati, with the matted mass of hair hanging down his back and front. He no longer was wearing any saffron robes.
Dressed to perfection in silk and ornaments. He was better than I imagined him to be. His tangled beard and moustache had been shaven off cleanly, revealing the godly man beneath the disguise; his hair had been cut and washed, back in their normal sleekness. I was taken by surprise this afternoon. I looked at him, swallowing, and took two steps closer myself, my expression warm.
Gudakesa the conqueror of sleep or he of the curly hairby what he hath done, hath not insulted our family. He hath without doubt, rather enhanced our respect. Partha knoweth that we of the Satwata race are never mercenary.
The son of Pandu also regardeth a self-choice as doubtful in its results. Who also would approve of accepting a bride in gift as if she were an animal? What man again is there on earth that would sell his offspring? I think Arjuna, seeing these faults in all the other methods took the maiden away by force, according to the ordinance.
This alliance is very proper. Subhadra is a renowned girl. Partha too possesseth renown. Perhaps, thinking of all this, Arjuna hath taken her away by force. Who is there that would not desire to have Arjuna for a friend, who is born in the race of Bharata and the renowned Santanu, and the son also of the daughter of Kuntibhoja? I do not see, in all the worlds with Indra and the Rudras, the person that can by force vanquish Partha in battle, except the three-eyed god Mahadeva.
His car is well-known. Yoked thereunto are those steeds of mine. Arjuna moved to other Tirthas, including the southern regions in Kerala. Finally he reached Dwarkathe place where his cousin Krishna resided. Arjuna had, in his childhood, heard about Krishna's sister, Subhadra. Krishna, wishing to further tie their families, knew of Arjuna's visit and devised a plan to arrange their meet. Accordingly, Arjuna disguised himself as a "yati" and stayed at Krishna's palace. Arjuna fell in love with Subhadra and desired to marry her.
Because Balarama had already promised Subhadra to his favorite disciple, DuryodhanaKrishna advised Arjuna to kidnap Subhadra. Balarama became furious upon learning of the abduction but is pacified by Krishna, after he showed that the wedding rein was in Sudhadra's hand, which showed her consent.
The couple stayed in Dwaraka for a year, and then another year in Pushkar. However, Draupadi had made it clear that no other Pandava wife would be allowed to stay in her city, so Arjuna, as per Krishna's advice, tricked Draupadi into meeting Subhadra as a milkmaid. Draupadi realised she had been tricked, but she forgave Subhadra and let her stay in Indra-prastha, allowing her to give company to Arjuna in the four years when he was not with Draupadi.
In due course, Arjuna and Subhadra gave birth to a son, Abhimanyu. Arjuna was sent north by Yudhishthira to subjugate kingdoms for the Rajasuya Yagyaso that he could be crowned Emperor of Indraprastha. The Mahabharata mentions several kingdoms to the east of Indraprastha which were conquered or otherwise peacefully bent-the-knee by Arjuna. Bhagadatta was also a great friend of Pandu. Exile[ edit ] After Yudhishthira succumbed to Shakuni 's challenge in the game of dicethe Pandavas were forced to be in exile for 13 years, which included one year in anonymity.
Penance for Pashupatastra[ edit ] Kiratarjuniya After the battle at Khandava Indra had promised Arjuna to give him all his weapons as a boon for matching him in battle with the requirement that Shiva is pleased with him.
Following the advice of Sage Vyasa to go on a meditation or "tapasya" to attain this divine weaponArjuna left his brothers for a penance. Arjuna traveled for a while before reaching the mountain Indra keeladri, Vijayawada. Here he sat in meditation in the name of Lord Shiva.
Shiva appeared soon enough in the guise of a hunterwho challenged Arjuna to a fight. While being thoroughly dominated by Shiva, Arjuna became confused as to how an ordinary hunter could beat a warrior like himself.
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He prays to Shiva for strength, and then sees the offerings he made to Shiva around the hunter's neck. Shiva was very pleased with the bravery and prowess of the prince. Consequently, Shiva transformed himself to show his real avatar and blessed Arjuna with the Pashupatastra. Shiva lectures Arjuna on the abilities of the weapon, as well as the judgement he must use while wielding it.
After Shiva left the Lokapalas appeared before Arjuna and then KuberaYamaand Varuna also blessed each of their potent weapons to Arjuna. Indra then invited his son to his palace in heaven. Arjuna was amazed at the splendor of his father's palace at Amaravati. Dancers like UrvashiTilottamaRambha and Menaka entertained him.
There was a huge banquet serving different varieties of heavenly dishes. Arjuna learnt song and dance from the Gandharva, Chitrasena and Indra himself taught him all the divine weapons and also gave him his Vajra. However, Arjuna refused her advances, alleging that he had heard of her relationship with his ancestor Pururava, and hence she had the status of a mother, equal in respect to Kunti. On Indra's request, and regretting her anger, Urvashi reduced her curse to a period of one year of Arjuna's choice.
In some versions of the story, Urvashi curses Arjuna with womanhood, but always reduces the curse to a year's length. Nivata-kavachas and Hiranyapura[ edit ] Arjuna gets the opportunity to test his skill when Indra asked him to defeat his enemy as the price of his training.
Arjuna was taken to the palace of the Nivata-kavachas, a tribe of Rakshasas who had a magnificent palace under the oceans. Arjuna used the Mohini-astra and the Madhava-astra to demolish these asuras.