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posted Feb 14, 2015, 5:12 PM by Balvihar Teachers 5A   [ updated Aug 29, 2015, 8:47 PM by Balvihar Administrator ]
Pandavas go the forest & Arjuna's quest for weapons

  The Pandavas were invited to yet another game of dice, this time the clause was that "whoever loses will have to go the forest for 12 years followed by one year in disguise".
Shakuni once again defeats the pandavas and strips them of everything with his sleight of hand. The pandavas clad in deer skin prepare to go to the forest.  The citizens of Hastinapur were greatly saddened. They wanted to follow their beloved emperor to the forest. Dhaumya maharshi advises Yudhishtir to pray to Surya. Surya appears in front of Yudhishtir and gives him a copper vessel. Surya tells him that this is an akshaya patra and will always be full of food and will help them through the 13 years of life in the forest.

Veda Vyasa appears before the Pandavas and advises Arjuna to go in quest of all the celestial weapons in preparation of war.  Arjuna undertakes deep penances and approaches Shiva, Indra and other gods in quest of special weapons and the mantras to use them.
Thus 12 years of life in the forest passes on for the Pandavas.