Jaimini has used all his literary abilities while descibing the war b/w father and son. There is a quick detour into the Lava- Kusha story as well.
A quick background into the story. Vrishketu has managed to survive the war and is orphaned. Father killed and mother died a sati. Pandavas, especially Arjuna grief stricken on having killed their elder brother and also having lost all their sons, try to make ammends by being extra nice to Vrishketu.
Ashwamedha yagna is planned and the perfect horse reqd for the yagna is currently in possession of a king (forgetting his name at the moment). Bhima offers to fetch the horse and is accompanied by his grandson Meghavarna and Vrishketu. Vrishketu displays his prowess on the battle field and proves that he is the son of Karna.
Later when the horse is duly worshipped and let loose Vrish ( I mean Karna's son- not you Vrish
) accompanies Arjuna. Babruvahana, excited on meeting his father, falls at his feet offering his whole kingdom. Arjuna appalled at Babru's behaviour speaks harsh words. Babru needing no further provocation challengs the might of Pandava army . Vrishketu prevents Arjuna from ridiing out to battle first and instead offers to go. Arjuna meanwhile has seen ill omens and fears his death is imminent. He suggests that Vrish should return to Hastinapur. Vrish scoffs at his uncle's suggestion and prepares to battle. However Karna's son is no match for Arjuna's son and is slain in battle.
Arjuna, both incensed and grieved, battles Babru where he is also killed.
After the initial lamentations by the trio of Babru , Uloopi and Chitrangada, Uloopi urges Babru to fetch the Naagmani from the snake world to revive Arjun
But Babru has to face a lot of opposition in the snake world (incidentally, the king of snakes is also known as Dritarashtra). Babru crushes the snakes and forces them to hand him the naagmani.
He resurfaces in Manipur with the precious mani in hand- only to find that someone had stolen the head from Arjuna's body. He breaks down sobbing.
Meanwhile in Hastinapur, Kunti has been having vague dreams about Arjuna and she mentally summons Krishna . She confides her worst fears to Krishna and they all set off towards Manipur.
On seeing the sorry state of afairs in Manipur, Krishna takes a oath and by the strength of his deeds, forces Arjuna's head to reappear. He then revives Vrishketu first and then Arjuna.
Edited by varaali - 17 October 2011 at 9:51pm