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This part of Mahabharata explains about the last year of exile of the Pandavas. After the completion of 12 years of exile in the forest, in the thirteenth year, they had to live by concealing their true identity. This phase is called the Virata Parva, as they stayed in the kingdom of Virata.
Yudhishtra adopted the garb of a himself. Arjuna passed himself off as a eunuch. Yudhishtra became king Virata’s companion and spent his days playing dice with him. Bhima worked as the chief cook. Arjuna assumed the name of Brihannala and taught dance and music to princess Uttara. Nakula looked after the horses and Sahadeva tended to the cows and bulls.
The princess Draupadi served Virata’s queen, Sudeshna. Bhima kills Keechaka, the brother of the queen, for attempting to molest Draupadi. News reaches Duryodhana and he finds out about the whereabouts of the Pandavas.
Duryodhana’s forces battle the army of King Virata. At the end, the Pandavas reveal their identity. They return and ask for the kingdom. But Duryodhana refuses to give them even an inch of territory.
War proves to be the only course. Krishna gives his army to Duryodhana and becomes a charioteer to Arjuna. Kunti approaches her eldest son Karna and requests him to join the Pandavas. He declines the proposal but grants her the boon of not attacking Arjuna twice with his lethal arrows.
Travel to the time of the Pandavas by viewing this imaginatively told animation story.