~ 78. Duryodhana Makes an Invitation ~


Duryodhana sent Vidura to Indraprastha as his messenger, and Yudhishthira received his uncle happily; Vidura had always been a friend to them.
"What news from Hastinapura?" Yudhishthira asked.
"King Dhritarashtra has built a new palace to rival your palace here," said Vidura. "And your cousin Duryodhana invites you there for a game of dice."
Before Yudhishthira could reply, Bhima shouted, "It's a trick."
Draupadi added, "I do not think we should go, husband."
"But Duryodhana knows I cannot refuse," Yudhishthira said, hesitantly. "You may tell our cousin that we accept his invitation."
Vidura then returned to Hastinapura, full of foreboding.



Inspired byThe Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version by R. K. Narayan
Notes: This story is from Chapter 6: City of Splendour.


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