In the previous episode, we had witnessed Yudishtra and Co. leaving for the Vaaranaavatha Desha and as they leave, Vidura gives some important pieces of advice in the “Mlecha Baasha” (Combination of non-verbal and indirect communication) to the Paandavas, so that they would be alert of the grave danger that they’re being put into. As Vidura explains his points, Yudishtra fairly understands that there is some sort of a problem awaiting them, but doesn’t understand completely. Anyways, all of them leave Hastinapura and the entire caravan lands at the beautiful “Laaksha Griha”, which is newly constructed at the Vaaranaavatha Desha.
As they are on the way, Kunthi Devi slowly asks Yudishtra thus, “Oh Yudishtra! What was Vidura telling you all this while? I was not able to understand what he was trying to say. I guess he was trying to tell you something indirectly. Did you understand the deeper meaning behind what he said?” Yudishtra replies thus, “Oh Mother! Yes. I fairly understood. I know that Vidura is one person who always thinks about our welfare and is extremely concerned for our well-being. Hence, I’m sure that whatever he has said, is for our own good only. All that I understood from Vidura’s narrative was that, we should be very alert at all times! Walls might have ears, so we should be very careful in what we talk. We shouldn’t believe anyone so naively and we should be careful to identify what people’s real agendas are. Moreover, Vidura has warned that there might be a danger with fire and hence we should be careful not to be trapped into any sort of fires. Anyways, let us see what happens as we reach Vaaranaavatha!” Saying thus, the entire caravan reaches the Vaaranaavatha Desha and Purochana is there, waiting to receive all of them!
Purochana, on his part, shows the entire palace to them and the Paandavas are impressed with the design and the aesthetics with which the palace was constructed. They slowly start residing there and Purochana, as planned, acts like an extremely loyal person to all of them. However, as hours pass by, Yudishtra recalls Vidura’s words regarding the “wall” and “fire”. He touches the wall and sees that it is something different than the normal construction. The wall was very soft, unlike the ones that are constructed with rocks. Upon deeply examining the construction, Yudishtra understood that the palace is fully constructed with wax! He became alert of the imminent danger that is ahead of them. As Yudishtra realizes this, he immediately calls his brothers and Mother Kumthi Devi and explains thus, “Oh brothers and mother! Do you remember Vidura’s words? There’s an imminent danger with fire and the wall! Look at this. The entire palace is constructed with wax and other inflammable items. There is every chance that the entire palace would be burnt down any minute and we might be trapped into the fire! Look at the trees and grass that are planted outside this palace – All of them would catch fire immediately and burn quickly. Whatever we see around are all inflammable items, including oil, ghee, etc.”
As Yudishtra explains thus, the Paandavas understand the serious danger that they are into! Mother Kunthi Devi is shocked beyond words! Their lives are under a huge threat! However, Yudishtra continues thus, “Oh people! Let us not panic at this point. This would cast a doubt in Purochana’s mind, whether we’ve found out their ploy! Let us just go by the flow. Let Purochana try and earn our loyalty. We shall also act as if we trust him. As time progresses, we shall trap him and burn him inside this “Laaksha Griha”!” Hearing this from his brother, Bheemasena was fuming with anger! He bit his teeth with extreme fury and asks Yudishtra thus, “Oh Yudishtra! Give me permission! I shall kill this Purochana on the spot and after this, go and kill Duryodhana straightaway! Enough is enough! Why should we undergo these tortures and threats from an incapable and a jealous fellow?”
As Bheemasena was fuming thus, Yudishtra calmed him down by saying that this is not the right time to exhibit anger and frustration! Here, Yudishtra’s strategizing of the problem is exceptional and impeccable and this is something that all leaders and managers should learn and understand! What is Yudishtra’s strategy going to be to counter Duryodhana’s arrogance? Let us wait till the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂