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great intelligence, and Mitra, 5 and the (eleven) Eudras, the
(eight) Vasus, the (twelve) Adityas, the (twin) Acwins, the
Vicwedevas, the Maruts, the Saddhyas, the Pitris, 5 the Gan-
dharvas, the Apsaras, the Yakhas, the Eakshasas, the Pan-
nagas, innumerable celestial Rishls, 7 the Vaikhanasas, the
Valikhillyas, those others (among Rishis) that subsist only
on air and those that subsist on the rays of the Sun, the des-
cendants of Bhrigu and Angiras, many high-souled Yatis, 8 all
the Vidyadharas, all those that were crowned with ascetic
success, 9 the Grandsire, Pulastya, Pulaha of great ascetic
merits, Angiras, Kacyapa, Atri, Marichi, Bhrigu, Kratu, Hara,
Prachetas, Manu, Daksha, 10 the Seasons, the Planets, and all
the luminaries. monarch, -all the rivers in their embodied



Parva.] calya tauya, k;>

forms, the eternal Vedas, 11 the Seas, the Lakes, the diverse
Tirthas, the Earth, the Sky, the Cardinal and Subsidiary
points of tha.cornpass, and all the Trees, kinjr, 11 Aditi the
mother of the gods, Hri, Cri, Swahii, Saraswati, Uma, Cachi
Sinivali, Anumati, Kuhu," the Day of the new Moon, the
Day of the full Moon, the wives of the denizens of heaven,
Himavat, Vindhya, Meru of many summits, 14 Airavat with
all his followers, the Divisions of time called Kala, Kashtha,
Fortnight, the Seasons, Night, and Day, king, 1 ' the prince
of steeds, viz., Ucchaicravas, Vasuki the king of the Snakes,
Aruna, Gadura, the Trees, the deciduous herbs," and the ador-
able god Dharma, all came there together. And there came
also Kala, Yama, Mrityu. and the followers of Yama. 1T From
fear of swelling the list I do not mention the diverse other
gods that came there. All of them came to that ceremony for
investing Kartikeya with the status of generalissimo. 18 All
the denizens of heaven, king, brought there every thing
neccessary for the ceremony and every auspicious article. 1 '
Filled with joy, the denizens of heaven made that high-souled
youth, that terror of the Asuras, the generalisimo of the celes-
tial forces, after pouring upon his head the sacred and excellent
water of the Saraswati from golden jars that contained other
sacred articles needed for the purpose.' "* 1 The Grandsire of
the worlds, viz., Brahman, and Karyapa of great energy, and
the others (mentioned and) not mentioned, all poured water
upon Skanda even as, monarch, the gods had poured water
on the head of Varuna, the lord of waters, for investing him
with dominion.*" The lord Brahman then, with a gratified
heart, gave unto Skanda four companions, possessed of great
might, endued with speed like that the wind, crowned with
ascetic success, and gifted with energy which they could in-
crease at will." They were named Nandisena and Lohitaksha
and Ghantakama and Kumudamalin." The lord Sthanu, O
m march, gave unto Skanda a companion possessed of great
impetuosity, capable of producing a hundred illusions, and
endued with might and energy that he could enhance at will.
And he was the great destroyer of Asura&S* In the great
Mlile freiwoea th: goft and theJ-surcw, this companion that



176 mahabharata, [Gadayuddha

Sfchanu gave, filled with wrath, slew, with his hands alone,
fourteen millions of Daityas of fierce deeds. 28 The gods then
made over to Skanda the celestial host, invincibly abounding
with celestial troops, capable of destroying the enemies of the
gods, and of forms like that of Vishnu.* 7 The gods then, with
Vasava at their head, and the Gandharvas, the Yakshas, the
llakshasas, the Munis, and the Pitris, all shouted, — 'Victory
(to Skanda) !'* 8 Then Yama gave him two companions, both of
whom resembled Death, viz., Unmatha and Pramatha, possess-
ed of great energy and great splendour." Endued with great
prowess, Surya, with a gratified heart, gave unto Kartikeya
two of his followers named Subhraja and Bhaswara. 8 * Soma
also gave him two companions' viz., Mani and Sumani, both of
whom looked like summits of the Kailasa mountain and always
used white garlands and white unguents.* 1 Agni gave unto
him two heroic companions, grinders of hostile armies, who
were named Jwalajihbha and Jyoti. 88 Anca gave unto Skanda
of great intelligence five companions, viz., Parigha, and Vata,
and Bhima of terrible strength, and Dahati and Dahana both
of whom were exceedingly fierce and possessed of great
energy. 3 * Vasava, that slayer of hostile heroes, gave unto
Agni's son two companions, viz., TJtkroca and Panchaka
who were armed respectively with thunder-bolt and club.
These had in battle slain innumerable enemies of Cakra. 8 *
The illustrious Vishnu gave unto Skanda three companions,
viz., Chakra and Vikrama and Cankrama of great might. 8 * The
Acwins, O bull of Bharata's race, with gratified hearts, gave
unto Skanda two companions, viz., Vardhana and Nandana
who had mastered all the sciences. 3 * The illustrious Dhatri
gave unto that high-souled one five companions, viz., Kunda,
Kusuma, Kumuda, Damvara and Adamvara. 87 Tashtri gave
unto Skanda two companions named Chakra and Anuchakra
both of whom were endued with great strength. 8 * The lord
Mitra gave unto the high-souled Kumara two illustrious com-
panions named Suvrata and Satyasandha both of whom were
endued with great learning and ascetic merit, possessed of
agreeable features, capable of granting boons, and celebrated
over the three worlds," Vidhatri gave unto Kartikeya two



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companions of great celebrity, viz., the high souled Suprabha
and Cubhakarman. 40 Pushan gave him, O Bharata, two com-
fo.mions, viz., Panitraka and Killika. both endued with great
p>wers of illusion. 41 Vayu gave him, best of the Bharatas,
two companions, viz., Vala and Ativala, endued with great
might and very large mouths. 4 * Varuna, firmly adhering to
truth, gave him Ghasa and Atighasa of great might and
possessed of mouth like that of the Timi.** Himavat gave
unto Agni's son two companions, king, viz., Suvarchas and
Ativarchas. 44 Meru. Bharata, gave him two companions named
Kanchana and Meghamalin. 48 Manu also gave unto Agni's
son two others endued with great strength and prowess, viz.,
Sthira and Atisthira. 46 Vindhya gave unto Agni's son two
companions named Ucchrita and Agnigringa both of whom
fought with large stones. 47 Ocean gave him two mighty com-
panions named Sangraha and Vigraha both armed with mace. 4 *
Parvati of beautiful features gave unto Agni's son Unmada and
Pushpadanta and Canknkarna.* 3 Vasuki the king of the
snakes, tiger among men, gave unto the son of Agni two
snakes named Jaya and Mahajaya. 50 Similarly the Saddhyas,
the Riulras. the Vasus, the Pitrls, the Seas, the Rivers, and
the Mountains, all endued with great might," gavo com-
manders of forces, armed with lances and battle-axes and decked
with diverse kinds of ornaments." Listen now to the names
of those other combatants armed with diverse weapons and clad
in diverse kinds of robes and ornaments, that Skanda pro-
cured." They were Cankukarna, Nikumbha, Padma. Kumud,
Ananta, Dwadacabhuja, Krishna, Upakrishnaka, 54 Ghranacra-
vas, Kapiskandha, K&nchanaksha, Jalandhama, Akshasantar-
jana, Kunadika, Tamobhrakrit,* 1 Ekaksha, Dwadacaksha,
Ekajata, Sahacravahu, Vikata, Vyaghraksha, Kshitikampana,"
Punyanaman, Sunaman, Suvaktra, Priyadarrana, Paricrufca,
Kokonada, Priyamalyanulepana," Ajodara, Gajaciras, Skan-
dhaksha, Catalochana, Jwalajihbha, Karala, C&takeca, Jati,
Hari," Kriahnakeca, Jatadhara, Chaturdanshtra, Ashtajibha,
.Meghanada, Prithugravas, 19 Vidyutaksha, Dhanurvaktra,
Jathara, Bfarufcaqsana, Udaraksha, Ratbaksha, Yajraniibha,
Vasuprabha, 60 Samudravega. Cailakampin, Yrisha, Meshapra-

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173 MAHABHARATA, [GitdaljUd-dha

vaha, Nanda, Upanandaka. 61 Dhumra, Cweta, Kalinga, Sid-
dhartha, Varada, Priyaka, Nanda, Gonanda,* 2 Ananda, Pramoda,
Swastika, Dhruvaka, Kshemavaha, Suvaha, Siddhapatra, 8 '
Govraja, Kanakapida, Gayana, Hasana, Vana, Khadga,**
Vaitali, Atitali, Kathaka, Vatika, Hansaja, Pakshadigdhanga,
Sxmudronmadana, BS Ranotkata, Prahasa. Cwetasiddha, Nandaka,
Kaiakantha, Prabhasa, Kumbhandaka," Kalakaksha, Cita,
Bhutalonmathana, Yajnavaha, Pravaha, Devajaji, Somapa, 6T
'Majjala, Krafcha, Kratha, Tuhara, Tuhara, Chitradeva,'*
Madhura, Suprasada, Kiritin, Vatsala, Madhuvarna, Kalaso-
dara, 6 ' Dharmada, Man math akara, Cuchivaktra, Cwetavaktra,
Suvaktra, Charuvaktra, Pandura, 79 Dandavahu, Suvahu,
Rajas, Kokilaka, Achala, Kanakaksha, Va'.akarakshaka,™
Sancharaka, Kokanada, Gridhrapatra, Jamvuka, Lohajvaktra,
Javana, Kumbhavaktra, Kumbhaka,™ Mundagriva, Krishnau-
jas, Hansavaktra, Chandrabha, Panikurchas, Camvuka, Pancha-
vaktra, Cikshaka, Chiisavaktra, Jamvuka, Kharavaktra, and
Kunchaka. 7 * Besides these, many other high-souled and
mighty companions, devoted to ascetic austerities and regard-
ful of Brahmanas, were given unto him by the Grandsire.'*
Some of them were in youth ; some were old, and some, Jana-
mejaya, were very young in years. Thousands upon thousands
of such came to Kartikeya." They were possessed of diverse
kinds of faces. Listen to me, Janamejaya, as I describe
them ! Some had faces like those of tortoises, and some like
those of cocks. The faces of some were very long, Bharata.**
S)tne again, had faces like those of dogs, and wolves, and hares,
and owls, and asses, and camels, and hogs. 77 Some had human
faces and some had faces like those of sheep, and jackals.
Some were terrible and had faces like those of makaras and
porpoises. 78 Some had faces like those of cats and some like
those of biting flies ; and the faces of some were very long.
Some had faces like those of the mungoose, the owl, and the
crow. 79 Some had faces like those of mice and peacocks and
fishes and goats and sheep and buffaloes. 80 The faces of some
resembled those of bears and tigers and Jeopards and lions.
Some had faces like those of elephants and crocodiles. 81 The
faces K)i some resemble^ those of Gudura and the rhinoceros and






JPavva.} CALYA PARTA. 173

tho wolf. Some had faces lika those of cows and niule3 and
camels and cats.** Possessed of large stomachs and large legs
and limbs, tho eyes of some were like stars. The faces of soma
resembled those of pigeons and bulls. 8 * Others had faces like
those of kokilas and hawks and Tittiris and lizards. Some were
clad in white robes.'* Some had faces lika those of snakes;
The faces of some resembled those of porcupines. Indeed, some
had frightful and some very agreeable faces ; some had snakes
for their clothes. The faces as also the noses of some resem-
bled those of cows.* 4 S)me had large and protruding stomachs
but other limbs very lean ; some had large limbs but lean
stomachs. The necks of some were very short and the ears of
some were very large. Some had diverse kinds of snakes for
their ornaments. 8 * Some were clad in skins of large elephants*
and some in black deer-skins. The mouths of some were on
their shoulders. 87 Some had mouths on their stomachs, some
on their backs, some on their cheeks, some on their calves, and
some on their flanks, and the mouths of many were placed on
other parts of their bodies. 88 The faces of many amongst thosa
leaders of troops were like those of insects and worms. The
mouths of many amongst them were like those of diverse
beasts of prey. Some had many arms and some many heads.*'
The arms of some resembled trees, and the heads of some were
on their loiti3. The faces of some were tapering like the bodies
of snakes. Many amongst them had their abodes on diverse
kinds of plants and herbs. f0 Some were clad in rags, some in
diverse kinds of bones, some were diversely clad, and some were
adorned in diverse kinds of garlands and diverse kinds of
unguents. 91 Dressed diversely, some had skins for their robes.
Some had head-gears ; the brows of some were furrowed into
lines ; the necks of some bore marks like those on conch*
shells ; some were possessed of great effulgence." Some had
diadems, some had five tufts of hair on their heads, and tho
hair of some were very hard. Some had two tufts, some three,
and some seven. 98 Some had feathers on their heads, some
had crowns, some had heads that were perfectly bald, and some
had matted locks. Some were adorned with beautiful gar-
lands, and the faces of some were very hairy.** Battle was



ISO mahabhaRata. [Gaddijiuldhct,

the one thing in which they took great delight, and all of
them were invincible by even the foremost ones amongst the
gods. Many amongst thein were clad in diverse kinds of celes-
tial robes. All were fond of battle. 8 ' Some were of dark
complexion, and the faces of some had no flesh on them.
Some had very long backs, and some had no stomachs. The
backs of some were very large while those of some were
very short. Some had long stomachs and the limbs of some
■were long. 35 The arms of some were long while those of some
were short. Some were dwarfs of short limbs. Some were
haunch-backed. Some had short hips. The ears and heads of
some were like those of elephants. 97 Some had noses like
those of tortoises, some like those of wolves. Some had long
lips, some had long hips, and some were frightful, having their
faces downward-. 93 Some had very large teeth, some had very
short teeth, and some had only four teeth. Thousands among
them king, were exceedingly terrible, looking like in-
furiate elephants of gigantic size. 6 * Some were of symmetrical
limb3, possessed of great splendour, and adorned with orna-
ments. Some had yellow eyes, some had ears like arrows,
some had noses like gaviuls, Bharata ' 10 ° Some had broad
teeth, some had broad lips, and some had green hair. Possess-
ed of diverse kinds of feet and lips and teeth, they had diverse
kinds of arms and heads. 101 Clad in diverse kinds of skins,
they spoke diverse kinds of languages, O Bharata! Skilled
in all provincial dialects, those puissant ones conversed with
one another.' 03 Those mighty companions, filled with joy,
gambolled there, cutting capers (around Karlikeya). Some
•were long-nocked, some long-nailed, some long-legged. Some
amongst them were large-headed and some large- arixed. 103
The eyes of some were yellow, the throats of some were blue,
and the ears of some were long, O Bharata. The stomachs of
some were like masses of antimony. 104 The eyes of some were
white, the necks of some were red, and some had eyes of a
tawny hue. Many were dark in color and many, king, were
of diverse colors, Bharata. 10 ' Many had ornaments on their
persons that looked like yak-tails. Some bore white streaks on
their bodies, and - some bore red .-streaks, Some were of diversi-



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fieri colors and some had golden complexions, and some were
endued with splendours like thoso of the peacock. 104 I shall
describe fco thee the weapons that were taken by tho?o thai
came last to Kartikeya. Listen to me. 107 Some had noses
on their uplifted arms. Their faces were like those of tigers
and asses. Their eyes were on their backs, their throats were
blue, and their arms resembled spiked clubs. 108 Some wero
armed with patcighnU and discs, and some had heavy and short
clubs. Some had swords and mallets and some were armed
with bludgeons, O Bhilrata. 109 Some, possessed of gigantic
sizes and great strength, were armed with lances and scimitars.
Some were armed with maces and Bhucundis and some had
spears on their hands. 110 Possessed of high souls and great
strength and endued with great speed and great impetuosity,
those mighty companions had diverse kinds of terrible weapons
in their arms. 111 Beholding the installation of Kartikeya,
those beings of mighty energy, delighting in battle and wearing
on their persons rows of tinkling bells, danced around him in
joy. 118 These and many other mighty companions, O king,
came to the high-souled and illustrious Kartikeya. ,1S Some
belonged to the celestial regions, some to the aerial, and some
to the regions of the Earth. All of them were endued with
speed like that of the wind. Commanded by the gods, those
brave and mighty ones became the companions of Kartikeya. 11 *
Thousands upon thousands, millions upon millions, of such
beings came there at the installation of the high-souled Karti-
keya and stood surrounding him." 11 '



Section XLVI.

Vaicampayana said,— "Listen now to the large bands of the
mothers, those slayers of foes, O hero, that became the com-
panions of Kumiira, as I mention their names. 1 Listen,
Bharata, to the names of those illustrious mothers. The mobile
and immobile universe is pervaded by those auspicious ones. 9
They are Prabhavati, Vic&lakshi, Palita, Gonasi, Crimati,
Vahula, Vahuputrika, 8 Apsujata, Gopali, Vrihadamvalika,
Jayavati, Malatika; DhruvaratmV Bhayaukarl* Yasudfuniv



18 1 kahabharata [GadayuddK*

Sudama, Vit^oka, Nandini, Ekachuda, Mahachuda, Chakra*
nemi, s Ubbejana, Jayafcsena, Kamalakshi, Cobhana, Catrun-
jaya, Krodhana, Calabhi, Khari,* Magadhi, Cubhavaktra,
Tirbhaseni, Gitipriya, Kalyani, Kodruroma, Amiba^ana., 7 Hegha-
swana, Bhogavabi, Subhru, Kanakavabi, Alabakshi, Viryavati,
Viddyubjihbha, 8 Padtnavabi, Sunakshabra, Kandara, VahuyojanJr,
Smtanika, Kamala, Mihavala, 9 Sudama, Vahudama, Supra-
bha, Ja9asvvini, Nribyapriya, Cabolukhalamekhala, 10 Caba-
ghanta, Cabananda, Bhagananda, Bhavini, Vapusmati, Chandra-
9ita, Bhadrakali, 11 Jhankarika, Nishkunbika,; Vama, Chatwara-
vasini, Sumangala, Swasbimabi, Vriddhikama, Jayapriya, 1 *
Ghanada, Suprsada, Bhavada, Janeswari, Edi, Bhedi, Samedi,
Vebalojanani/ 3 Kanduti, Kalika, Devamitra, Taravusi, Ketaki,
Chibrasena, Achala, 1 * Kukkubika, Cankshalika, Cakuuika, Kun-
darika, Kokilika, Kumbhika, Cabodari, 1 * Utkrathini, JaVa,
Mahavegii, Kankana, Manojava, Kantakini, Pradhasa, Pubana, 1 *'
Khe9aya, Anbarghati, Vama, KroQana, Taditprabha, Mando-
dari, Tuhundi, Kotara, Meghavahini, 17 Subhaga, Lamvini,
Lamva, Vasuchuda, Vikathini, Urddhavenidhara, Pingakshi,
Lohamekhala, 18 Prithuvaktra, Madhulika, Madhukurnbha,
Yakshalika, Matsunika, Jarayu, Jarjjaranana," Khyata, Daha-
daha, Dhamadhama, Khandakhanda, Pushana, Manikutbibka, 49
Amogha, Lamvapayodhara, Venuvinadhara, Pingakshi, Loha-
mekshala, 41 Cagolukarnukhi; Krishna, Kharajangha, Mahajava,
Cicjumaramukhi, Cweba, Lohibakshi, Vibhishana, 44 Jatalika,
Kamachari, Dirghajihbha, Valotkata, Kalehika, Vamanika,
Mukuba,, 43 Ljhitakshi, Mahakaya, Haripinda, Ekatwacha,
Sukusuma, Krishnakarni, 44 Kshurakarni, Chabushkarni, Karna«
pravarana, Chatushpathaniketa, Gokarni, Mahishanana, 4 *
Kharakarni, Mahakarni, Bheriswanamahaswana, Canksha-
kumbha^ava, Bhagada,, 46 Gana, Sugana, Bhini, Kamada,
Chabuspabharata, Bhubirtha, Anyagochara, 47 Pallida, Vibtada*
Sukhada, Mahaya9a, Payoda, Gomahishada, Suvi9ala, 48 Pra-
tishbha, Suprabishbha, Rochamana, Surochana, Naukarni,
Mukhakarni, V^ira,, Manthini, Ekavakbra, Megharava,
Meghamala, and Virochana." These and many obher mobhers,
O bull of Bharaba's race, numbering by bhousands, of diverse
forms, became the followers of Kartikeya, 80 Their aails ^vere



Parva.] oalya parya. 183

long, their teeth were large and their lips also, O Bharata,
were protruding. Of straight forms and sweet features, all of
them, endowed with youth, were decked with ornaments.* 1
Possessed of ascetic merit, they were capable of assuming any
form at will. Not having much flesh on their limbs, they were
of fair complexions and endued with splendour like that of
gold." Some amongst them were dark and looked like clouds
in hue, and some were of the color of smoke, bull of Bhara-
ta's race. And some wore endued with the splendour of the
morning sun and were highly blessed. Possessed of long
tresses, they were clad in robes of white." The braids of some
were tied upwards, and the eyes of some were tawny, and some
had girdles that were very long. Some had lone stomachs, some
had long ears, and some had long breasts." Some had coppery
eyes and coppery complexions, and the eyes of some were green.
Capable of granting boons and of sojourning at will, they were
always cheerful." Possessed of great strength, some amongst
them partook of the nature of Yama, some of Rudra, some of
Soma, some of Kuvera, some of Varuna, some of Indra, and
some of Agni, scorcher of foes. 8 ' And some partook of the
nature of Vayu, some of Kumara, some of Brahman, O bull
of Bharata's race, and some of Vishnu, and some of Surya,
and some of Varaha." Of charming and delightful features,
they were beautiful like the Apsaras. In voice they resem-
bled the kokila and in prosperity they resembled the Lord of
Treasures." In battle, their energy resembled that of Cakra,
In splendour they resembled fire. In battle they always in-
spired their foes with terror. 89 Capable of assuming any form
at will, in fleetness they resembled the very wind. Of incon-
ceivable might and energy, their prowess also was inconceiv-
able.* They have their abjdes on trees and open spots and
crossings of four roads. They live also in caves and crematori-
ums, mountains and springs. 41 Adorned in diverse kinds of
ornaments they we\r diverse kinds of attire, and speak diverse
languages. 41 These and many other tribes (of the mothers),
all capable of inspiring foes with dread, followed the high*
souled Kartikeya, at the command of the chief of the celes-
tials, 43 Tho ad arable chustiser of Paka, tiger among kings,



184 mahabharata. [Gaddyuddha

gave unto Guha (Kfirtikeya) a dart for the destruction of the
enemies of the gods.** That dart produces a loud whiz and
is adorned with many large bells. Possessed of great splendour,
it seemed to blaze with light. And Indra also gave him a
banner effulgent as the morning sun.*' Civa gave him a large
army, exceedingly fierce and armed with diverse kinds of
weapons, and endued with great energy begotten of ascetic
penances.* 5 Invincible and possessing all the qualities of a good
army, that force was known by the name of Dhananjayd. It
was protected by thirty thousand warriors each of whom was
possessed of might equal to that of Rudra himself. That force
knew not how to fly from battle.* 7 Vishnu gave him a trium-
phal garland that enhances the might of the wearer. Uma gave
him two pieces of cloth, of effulgence like that of the Sun.* 8
With great pleasure Ganga gave unto Kumara a celestial water-
pot, begotten of amrita, and Vrihaspati gave him a sacred
stick.* 9 Gadura gave him his favorite son, a peacock of beauti-
ful feathers.' Aruna gave him a cock of sharp talons. The
royal Varuna gave him a snake of great energy and might."
The lord Brahman gave unto that god devoted to Brahma
a black deer-skin. And the Creator of all the worlds also
gave him Victory in all battles.' 2 Having obtained the com-
mand of the celestial forces, Skanda looked resplendent like
a blazing fire of bright flames. 58 Accompanied by those com-
panions and the mothers, he proceeded for the destruction
of the Daityas, gladdening all the foremost of the gods. 54
That terrible host of celestials, furnished with standards
adorned with bells, and equipt with drums and conchs and
cymbals, and armed with weapons, and decked with many ban-
ners, looked beautiful like the autumnal firmament bespangled
with planets and stars." Then that vast assemblage of celes-
tials and diverse kinds of creatures began cheerfully to beafc
their drums and blow their conchs numbering in thousands."
And they also played on their Patahas and Jliarjharas and
KrUcachas and cow-horns and Xdamvaras and Gomulchas and
Dlndimas of loud sound. 57 All the gods, with Vasava at
their head, praised Kumara. The celestials and the Gandhar-
vas sang and the Apsaras danced." Well pleased (with thesj



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attentions) Skanda granted a boon unto all tho gods, saying, —
I shall slay all your foes, — them, that is, that desire to slay
you ! $9 — Having obtained this boon from that best of gods,
the illustrious celestials regarded their foe3 to be already
slain. 60 After Skanda had granted that boon, a loud sound
arose from all those creatures inspired with joy, filling tho
three worlds. 61 Accompanied by that vast host, Skanda then
set out fur the destruction of the Daityas and the protection
of the denizens of heaven. 62 Exertion, and Victory, and
Righteousness, and Success, and Prosperity, and Courage,
and the Scriptures, (in their embodied forms) proceeded in the
van of Kiirtikeva's army. king!" With that terrible force,
which was armed with lances and mallets and blazing hands
and maces and heavy clubs and arrows and darts and spears,
and which was decked with beautiful ornaments and armour,
and which uttered roars like those of a proud lion, the divine



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