Nala

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MAHABHARATA NOUN

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Mbh.1.1.206 Suhotra; Rantideva, and Kakshivanta, great in glory; Valhika, Damana, Saryati, Ajita, and Nala; Viswamitra the destroyer of foes; Amvarisha, great in strength; Marutta, Manu, Ikshaku, Gaya, and Bharata; Rama the son of Dasaratha; Sasavindu, and Bhagiratha; Kritavirya, the greatly fortunate, and Janamejaya too; and Yayati of good deeds who performed sacrifices, being assisted therein by the celestials themselves, and by whose sacrificial altars and stakes this earth with her habited and uninhabited regions hath been marked all over.
Mbh.1.1.209 These were Puru, Kuru, Yadu, Sura and Viswasrawa of great glory; Anuha, Yuvanaswu, Kakutstha, Vikrami, and Raghu; Vijava, Virihorta, Anga, Bhava, Sweta, and Vripadguru; Usinara, Sata-ratha, Kanka, Duliduha, and Druma; Dambhodbhava, Para, Vena, Sagara, Sankriti, and Nimi; Ajeya, Parasu, Pundra, Sambhu, and holy Deva-Vridha; Devahuya, Supratika, and Vrihad-ratha; Mahatsaha, Vinitatma, Sukratu, and Nala, the king of the Nishadas; Satyavrata, Santabhaya, Sumitra, and the chief Subala; Janujangha, Anaranya, Arka, Priyabhritya, Chuchi-vrata, Balabandhu, Nirmardda, Ketusringa, and Brhidbala; Dhrishtaketu, Brihatketu, Driptaketu, and Niramaya; Abikshit, Chapala, Dhurta, Kritbandhu, and Dridhe-shudhi; Mahapurana-sambhavya, Pratyanga, Paraha and Sruti.
Mbh.1.2.306 After this Indra-lokavigamana the journey to the regions of Indra; then that mine of religion and virtue, the highly pathetic Nalopakhyana the story of Nala.
Mbh.1.2.383 Here occurs the holy and highly pathetic story of Nala illustrating the patience of Damayanti and the character of Nala.
Mbh.1.142.7684 He that is afflicted with sorrow should be consoled by the recitation of the history of persons of former times like those of Nala and Rama.
Mbh.1.200.9942 Pritha, out of affection, pronounced a blessing upon her daughter-in-law endued with great beauty and every auspicious mark and possessed of a sweet disposition and good character, saying, Be thou unto thy husband as Sachi unto Indra, Swaha unto Vibhavasu, Rohini unto Soma, Damayanti unto Nala, Bhadra unto Vaisravana, Arundhati unto Vasishtha, Lakshmi unto Narayana!
Mbh.2.8.348 And Yayati, Nahusha, Puru, Mandhatri, Somaka, Nriga; the royal sage Trasadasyu, Kritavirya, Sautasravas; Arishtanemi, Siddha, Kritavega, Kriti, Nimi, Pratarddana, Sivi, Matsya, Prithulaksha, Vrihadratha, Vartta, Marutta, Kusika, Sankasya, Sankriti, Dhruva, Chaturaswa, Sadaswormi and king Kartavirya; Bharata and Suratha, Sunitha, Nisatha, Nala, Divodasa, and Sumanas, Amvarisha, Bhagiratha; Vyaswa, Vadhraswa, Prithuvega, Prithusravas, Prishadaswa, Vasumanas, Kshupa, and Sumahavala, Vrishadgu, and Vrishasena, Purukutsa, Dhwajin and Rathin; Arshtisena, Dwilipa, and the high-souled Ushinara; Ausinari, Pundarika, Saryati, Sarava, and Suchi; Anga, Rishta, Vena, Dushmanta, Srinjaya and Jaya; Bhangasuri, Sunitha, and Nishada, and Bahinara; Karandhama, Valhika, Sudymna, and the mighty Madhu; Aila and the mighty king of earth Maruta; Kapota, Trinaka, and Shadeva, and Arjuna also.
Mbh.2.8.349 Vysawa; Saswa and Krishaswa, and king Sasavindu; Rama the son of Dasaratha, and Lakshmana, and Pratarddana; Alarka, and Kakshasena, Gaya, and Gauraswa; Rama the son of Jamadagnya, Nabhaga, and Sagara; Bhuridyumna and Mahaswa, Prithaswa, and also Janaka; king Vainya, Varisena, Purujit, and Janamejaya; Brahmadatta, and Trigarta, and king Uparichara also; Indradyumna, Bhimajanu, Gauraprishta, Nala, Gaya; Padma and Machukunda, Bhuridyumna, Prasenajit; Aristanemi, Sudymna, Prithulauswa, and Ashtaka also; a hundred kings of the Matsya race and hundred of the Vipa and a hundred of the Haya races; a hundred kings of the name of Dhritarashtra, eighty kings of the name of Janamejaya; a hundred monarchs called Brahmadatta, and a hundred kings of the name of Iri; more than two hundred Bhishmas, and also a hundred Bhimas; a hundred Prativindhyas, a hundred Nagas, and a hundred Palasas, and a hundred called Kasa and Kusa; that king of kings Santanu, and thy father Pandu, Usangava, Sata-ratha, Devaraja, Jayadratha; the intelligent royal sage Vrishadarva with his ministers; and a thousand other kings known by the name of Sasa-vindu, and who have died, having performed many grand horse-sacrifices with large presents to the Brahmanas, these holy royal sages of grand achievements and great knowledge of the Sastras, wait upon, O King, and worship the son of Vivaswat in that assembly house.
Mbh.3.52.2647 He had a son named Nala, versed in the knowledge of virtue and wealth.
Mbh.3.52.2652 Yudhishthira said, I am anxious to hear in detail, O thou foremost of eloquent men, the history of the illustrious Nala.
Mbh.3.53.2654 SECTION LIII Vrihadaswa said, There was a king named Nala, the son of Virasena.
Mbh.3.53.2677 And that tiger among men, Nala also had not his peer in the three worlds: for in beauty he was like Kandarpa himself in his embodied form.
Mbh.3.53.2678 And moved by admiration, the heralds again and again celebrated the praises of Nala before Damayanti and those of Damayanti before the ruler of the Nishadhas.
Mbh.3.53.2680 And then Nala was unable to control the love that was in his bosom.
Mbh.3.53.2684 And thereupon the sky-ranging one said unto Nala.
Mbh.3.53.2696 And the swan after which Damayanti ran, having led her to a secluded spot, addressed her in human speech, saying, O Damayanti, there is a king amongst the Nishadhas named Nala.
Mbh.3.53.2700 We have, indeed, beheld celestials and Gandharvas, and Nagas, and Rakshasas, and men, but never saw we before any one like Nala.
Mbh.3.53.2701 Thou also art a jewel among thy sex, as Nala is the prime among men.
Mbh.3.53.2704 Damayanti, O monarch, replied unto him there, saying, Do thou speak thus unto Nala also, Saying So be it, to the daughter of Vidarbha, the oviparous one, O king, returned to the country of the Nishadhas, and related everything unto Nala
Mbh.3.54.2705 SECTION LIV Vrihadaswa said, O Bharata, hearing those words of the swan, Damayanti thenceforth lost all peace of mind on account of Nala.
Mbh.3.54.2736 And, O son of Kunti, the high-souled king Nala also hearing of that concourse of kings, set out with a cheerful heart, full of Damayanti's love.
Mbh.3.54.2737 And it came to pass that the gods saw Nala on the way treading on the earth.
Mbh.3.54.2740 And, O king, leaving their cars in the sky the dwellers of heaven alighted from the welkin and spake unto the ruler of the Nishadhas, saying, O foremost of monarchs ruling the Nishadhas, O Nala, thou art devoted to truth.
Mbh.3.55.2743 SECTION LV Vrihadaswa continued, O Bharata, Nala pledged his word to the celestials saying, I will do it'
Mbh.3.55.2754 Thus addressed by Sakra, Nala said with joined hands, I have come here with the self same object.
Mbh.3.55.2764 Nala thereupon went to the palace of Damayanti.
Mbh.3.55.2770 And filled with wonder at his sight, they praised Nala in gladness of heart.
Mbh.3.55.2776 And Damayanti although herself struck with amazement, smilingly addressed the warlike Nala who also gently smiled at her, saying, What art thou, O thou of faultless features, that hast come here awakening my love?
Mbh.3.55.2780 Thus addressed by the daughter of the king of the Vidarbhas, Nala replied, O beauteous lady, know that my name is Nala.
Mbh.3.56.2787 SECTION LVI Vrihadaswa said, Damayanti, having bowed down unto the gods, thus addressed Nala with a smile, O king, love me with proper regard, and command me what I shall do for thee.
Mbh.3.56.2793 Thus addressed by the daughter of the king of the Vidarbhas, Nala answered her saying, With the Lokapalas present, choosest thou a man?
Mbh.3.56.2804 Thus addressed by Naishadha, Damayanti, with eyes bathed in tears of grief spake thus unto Nala, O lord of the earth, bowing to all the gods, I choose thee for my lord.
Mbh.3.56.2809 Then Damayanti of luminous smiles slowly spake unto king Nala, in words choked with tears, O lord of men I see a blameless way, by which no sin whatever will attach unto thee.
Mbh.3.56.2812 Thus addressed, O monarch, by the daughter of Vidarbha, king Nala returned to where the gods were staying together.
Mbh.3.56.2816 Nala answered, Commanded by you I entered Damayanti's palace furnished with lofty portals guarded by veteran warders bearing wands.
Mbh.3.57.2835 And beholding them seated there, without difference of any kind in form, doubt filled her mind, and she could not ascertain which of them was king Nala.
Mbh.3.57.2837 And filled with anxiety, the beauteous one thought within herself, Oh, how shall I distinguish the celestials, and how discern the royal Nala'
Mbh.3.57.2845 And as it is for paying homage unto Nala that I have adopted this vow, for the sake of that truth, O, let the gods reveal him unto me, O, let the exalted guardians of the worlds assume their own proper forms, so that I may know the righteous king'
Mbh.3.57.2846 Hearing these piteous words of Damayanti, and ascertaining her fixed resolve, and fervent love for the king of Nishadhas, the purity of her heart and her inclination and regard and affection for Nala, the gods did as they had been adjured, and assumed their respective attributes as best they could.
Mbh.3.57.2849 And, O Bharata, discerning the gods and the virtuous Nala the daughter of Bhima chose Naishadha according to her truth.
Mbh.3.57.2851 And when that fair-complexioned maiden had thus chosen Nala for her husband, the kings suddenly broke out into exclamations of Oh!
Mbh.3.57.2858 Damayanti also, with folded hands paid homage unto Nala in words of like import.
Mbh.3.57.2860 And after the daughter of Bhima had chosen Naishadha as her husband, the Lokapalas of exceeding effulgence with pleased hearts, bestowed on Nala eight boons.
Mbh.3.57.2861 And Sakra, the lord of Sachi, bestowed on Nala the boon that he should be able to behold his godship in sacrifices and that he should attain to blessed legions thereafter, and Hutasana bestowed on him the boon of his own presence whenever Naishadha wished, and regions also bright as himself.
Mbh.3.57.2863 And the lord of waters granted Nala his own presence whenever he desired, and also garlands of celestial fragrance.
Mbh.3.57.2866 And the kings also, having witnessed with wonder Damayanti's selection of Nala, returned delighted whence they had come.
Mbh.3.57.2867 And on the departure of those mighty monarchs, the high-souled Bhima, well pleased, celebrated the wedding of Nala and Damayanti.
Mbh.3.57.2872 And like unto a very god, Nala sported with Damayanti in romantic woods and groves.
Mbh.3.58.2879 In our sight she hath chosen Nala for her husband'
Mbh.3.58.2881 Upon hearing these words of Kali, the celestials answered, It is with our sanction that Damayanti hath chosen Nala.
Mbh.3.58.2882 What damsel is there that would not choose king Nala endued with every virtue?
Mbh.3.58.2886 O Kali, the fool that wisheth to curse Nala bearing such a character, curseth himself, and destroyeth himself by his own act.
Mbh.3.58.2887 And, O Kali, he that seeketh to curse Nala crowned with such virtues, sinketh into the wide bottomless pit of hell rife with torments'
Mbh.3.58.2890 I shall possess Nala, deprive him of his kingdom, and he shall no more sport with Bhima's daughter.
Mbh.3.59.2897 And having possessed Nala, he appeared before Pushkara, and addressed him, saying, Come and play at dice with Nala.
Mbh.3.59.2899 And defeating king Nala and acquiring his kingdom, do thou rule the Nishadhas'
Mbh.3.59.2900 Thus exhorted by Kali, Pushkara went to Nala.
Mbh.3.59.2902 And appearing before the warlike Nala, that slayer of hostile heroes, Pushkara, repeatedly said, Let us play together with dice'
Mbh.3.59.2905 And possessed by Kali, Nala began to lose, in the game, his stakes in gold, and silver, and cars with the teams thereof, and robes.
Mbh.3.59.2910 Thereupon Bhima's daughter, overwhelmed with grief and almost deprived of reason by it, spake unto Nala in choked accents, O king, the citizens with the councillors of state, urged by loyalty, stay at the gate desirous of beholding thee.
Mbh.3.59.2914 And, O Yudhishthira, it was thus that Nala and Pushkara gambled together for many months, the virtuous Nala being always worsted
Mbh.3.60.2918 And apprehensive of the calamity that threatened Nala, yet seeking his welfare and at last understanding that her lord had lost everything, she said unto her nurse and maid-servant Vrihatsena of high fame, intent upon her good, dexterous in all duties, faithful and sweet-speeched, these words, O Vrihatsena, go thou and summon the councillors in the name of Nala, and tell them also what of wealth and other things hath been lost and what remaineth'
Mbh.3.60.2920 And when the subjects in a body had thus come a second time, the daughter of Bhima informed Nala of it.
Mbh.3.60.2923 And hearing that the dice were uniformly unfavourable to the virtuous Nala, and that he had lost everything, she again spake unto her nurse, saying, O Vrihatsena, go thou again in Nala's name to bring hither, O blessed one, the charioteer, Varshneya.
Mbh.3.60.2929 And as the dice fall obedient to Pushkara, it is seen that they are adverse to Nala in the matter of the play.
Mbh.3.60.2938 Varshneya, the charioteer of Nala, then reported in detail these words of Damayanti unto the chief officers of the king.
Mbh.3.60.2940 And leaving there the boy Indrasena and the girl Indrasena, as also that best of cars and those steeds, the charioteer, with a sad heart grieving for Nala, bade farewell unto Bhima.
Mbh.3.61.2943 SECTION LXI Vrihadaswa said, After Varshneya had gone away, Pushkara won from the righteous Nala that latter's kingdom and what else of wealth he had.
Mbh.3.61.2944 And unto Nala, O king, who had lost his kingdom, Pushkara laughingly said, Let the play go on.
Mbh.3.61.2949 And gazing at Pushkara in anguish, king Nala of great fame took all the ornaments off every part of his body.
Mbh.3.61.2952 And coming to the outskirts of the city, Nala stayed there for three nights with his wife.
Mbh.3.61.2953 But Pushkara, O king, proclaimed through the city that he that should show any attention to Nala, would be doomed to death.
Mbh.3.61.2954 And on account of these words of Pushkara and knowing his malice towards Nala, the citizens, O Yudhishthira, no longer showed him hospitable regards.
Mbh.3.61.2955 And unregarded though deserving of hospitable regards, Nala passed three nights in the outskirts of the city, living on water alone.
Mbh.3.61.2957 And in agony of famine, after many days, Nala saw some birds with plumage of golden hue.
Mbh.3.61.2960 And beholding Nala nude and melancholy, and standing with face turned towards the ground, those rangers of the sky addressed him, saying, O thou of small sense, we are even those dice.
Mbh.3.61.2962 And finding himself deprived of his attire, and knowing also that the dice were departing with it, the virtuous Nala, O king, thus spake unto Damayanti, O faultless one, they through whose anger I have been despoiled of my kingdom, they through whose influence distressed and afflicted with hunger, I am unable to procure sustenance, they for whom the Nishadhas offered me not any hospitality, they, O timid one, are carrying off my cloth, assuming the form of birds.
Mbh.3.61.2968 Addressing Bhima's daughter, O Bharata, he distressed king Nala spake those words unto Damayanti over and over again.
Mbh.3.61.2973 It is the truth, O Nala, that I speak unto thee'
Mbh.3.61.2974 Hearing those words of his queen, Nala replied, O slender-waisted Damayanti, it is even as thou hast said.
Mbh.3.62.2985 SECTION LXII Nala said, Surely, thy father's kingdom is as my own.
Mbh.3.62.2989 Vrihadaswa continued, Saying this again and again unto Damayanti, king Nala, wrapped in half a garment, comforted his blessed wife.
Mbh.3.62.2994 And, O monarch, while she slept, Nala, with heart and mind distraught, could not slumber calmly as before.
Mbh.3.62.3008 And thinking of this, the royal Nala began to walk up and down that shed.
Mbh.3.62.3017 And addressing thus his dear wife peerless on earth in beauty, Nala strove to go, reft of reason by Kali.
Mbh.3.62.3018 Departing and still departing, king Nala returned again and again to that shed, dragged away by Kali but drawn back by love.
Mbh.3.62.3020 At length after lamenting long and piteously, Nala stupefied and bereft of sense by Kali went away, forsaking that sleeping wife of his.
Mbh.3.63.3022 SECTION LXIII Vrihadaswa said, O king, after Nala had gone away, the beauteous Damayanti, now refreshed, timorously awoke in that lonely forest.
Mbh.3.63.3045 May that wicked being who hath brought Nala of sinless heart this, lead a more miserable life bearing greater ills'
Mbh.3.64.3079 And safe in virtue and glory and good fortune and patience, Damayanti wandered through those woods alone, in search of Nala.
Mbh.3.64.3090 O Nala!
Mbh.3.64.3103 In this terrible forest, haunted by lions and tigers, O king of the Nishadhas, O foremost of men, O enhancer of my sorrows, Wishing to know whether thou art lying down, or sitting, or standing, or gone, whom shall I ask, distressed and woe-stricken on thy account, saying, Hast thou seen in this woods the royal Nala'
Mbh.3.64.3104 Of whom shall I in this forest enquire alter the departed Nala, handsome and of high soul, and the destroyer of hostile arrays?
Mbh.3.64.3105 From whom shall I today hear the sweet words, viz, That royal Nala, of eyes like lotus-leaves, whom thou seekest, is even here'
Mbh.3.64.3108 Know me for Damayanti, the daughter of the king of the Vidarbhas, and the wife of Nala, destroyer of foes, and the king of the Nishadhas.
Mbh.3.64.3110 Do thou, O king of beasts, comfort me with news of Nala if thou hast seen him.
Mbh.3.64.3111 Or, O lord of the forest, if thou cannot speak of Nala, do thou, then, O best of beasts, devour me, and free me from this misery.
Mbh.3.64.3131 The son of that king, heroic and handsome and possessed of energy incapable of being baffled, who ruleth well the kingdom which hath descended to him from his father, is named Nala.
Mbh.3.64.3134 Hast thou, O foremost of mountains, with thy hundreds of peaks towering into the sky seen king Nala in this frightful forest?
Mbh.3.64.3135 Hast thou seen my husband, that ruler of the Nishadhas, the illustrious Nala, with the tread of a mighty elephant, endued with intelligence, long-armed, and of fiery energy, possessed of prowess and patience and courage and high fame?
Mbh.3.64.3138 Oh, when shall I again hear the voice of Nala, gentle and deep as that of the clouds, that voice, sweet as Amrita, of the illustrious king, calling me Vidharva's daughter, with accents distinct, and holy, and musical as the chanting of the Vedas and rich, and soothing all my sorrows.
Mbh.3.64.3162 The wise ruler of the Nishadhas, Nala by name, of great celebrity, heroic, and ever victorious in battle, and learned, is my husband.
Mbh.3.64.3163 Engaged in the worship of the gods, devoted to the twice-born ones, the guardian of the line of the Nishadhas, of mighty energy, possessed of great strength, truthful, conversant with all duties, wise, unwavering in promise, the crusher of foes, devout, serving the gods, graceful, the conqueror of hostile towns, that foremost of kings, Nala by name, equal in splendour unto the lord of celestials, the slayer of foes, possessed of large eyes, and a hue resembling the full moon, is my husband.
Mbh.3.64.3167 In sadness of heart am I wandering among woods, and mountains, and lakes, and rivers, and tanks and forests, in search of that husband of mine, Nala, skilled in battle, high-souled, and well-versed in the use of weapons, O hath king Nala, the lord of the Nishadhas, come to this delightful asylum of your holy selves?
Mbh.3.64.3169 If I do not see king Nala within a few days and nights, I shall seek my good by renouncing this body.
Mbh.3.64.3173 O daughter of Bhima, thou wilt behold Nala, the lord of the Nishadhas, the slayer of foes, and the foremost of the virtuous freed from distress.
Mbh.3.64.3175 Having spoken unto that princess, the beloved queen of Nala, the ascetics with their sacred fires and asylum vanished from sight.
Mbh.3.64.3187 Hast thou seen king Nala, the slayer of foes and the beloved husband of Damayanti, freed from fear and grief and obstacles?
Mbh.3.64.3194 And as soon as as she saw that caravan, the beauteous and celebrated wife of Nala, wild like a maniac, oppressed with grief, clad in half a garment, lean and pale and smutted, and with hair covered with dust, drew near and entered into its midst.
Mbh.3.64.3207 The ruler of the Vidarbhas is my father, and my husband is the lord of the Nishadhas, named Nala.
Mbh.3.64.3209 If ye have chanced to see my beloved one, king Nala, that tiger among men, that destroyer of hostile hosts, O tell me quick'
Mbh.3.64.3212 O illustrious lady, I have not seen any man of the name of Nala.
Mbh.3.65.3273 Methinks, I suffer this severance from my husband through the potency of those celestial Lokapalas, who had come to the Swayamvara but whom I disregarded for the sake of Nala'
Mbh.3.66.3325 SECTION LXVI Vrihadaswa said, O monarch, having deserted Damayanti, king Nala saw a mighty conflagration that was raging in that dense forest.
Mbh.3.66.3326 And in the midst of that conflagration, he heard the voice of some creature, repeatedly crying aloud, O righteous Nala, come hither'
Mbh.3.66.3328 And the Naga with joined hands, and trembling, spake unto Nala, saying, O king, that I am a snake, Karkotaka by name.
Mbh.3.66.3329 I had deceived the great Rishi Narada of high ascetic merit, and by him have I been cursed in wrath, O king of men, even in words such as these: Stay thou here like an immobile thing, until one Nala taketh thee hence.
Mbh.3.66.3339 And taking him up, Nala went to a spot free from fire.
Mbh.3.66.3340 Having reached an open spot where there was no fire, Nala intended to drop the serpent, upon which Karkotaka again addressed him, saying, O king of the Nishadhas, proceed thou yet, counting a few steps of thine; meanwhile, O mighty-armed one, I will do thee great good'
Mbh.3.66.3341 And as Nala began to count his steps, the snake bit him at the tenth step.
Mbh.3.66.3344 And beholding his change of form, Nala was amazed.
Mbh.3.66.3346 And the snake Karkotaka, comforting Nala, spake unto him, I have deprived thee of thy beauty, so that people may not recognise thee.
Mbh.3.66.3347 And, O Nala, he by whom thou hast been deceived and cast into distress, shall dwell in thee tortured by my venom.
Mbh.3.66.3362 And saying this, that Naga then gave unto Nala two pieces of celestial cloth.
Mbh.3.66.3363 And, O son of the Kuru race, having thus instructed Nala, and presented him with the attire, the king of snakes, O monarch, made himself invisible there and then
Mbh.3.67.3364 SECTION LXVII Vrihadaswa said, After the snake had vanquished, Nala, the ruler of the Nishadhas, proceeded, and on the tenth day entered the city of Rituparna.
Mbh.3.67.3380 Vrihadaswa continued, Thus addressed by the king, Nala began to dwell in the city of Rituparna, treated with respect and with Varshneya and Jivala as his companions.
Mbh.3.67.3381 And residing there, the king Nala, remembering the princess of Vidarbha, recited every evening the following sloka: Where lieth that helpless one afflicted with hunger and thirst and worn with toil, thinking of that wretch?
Mbh.3.67.3386 Thus questioned, king Nala answered him, saying, A certain person devoid of sense had a wife well-known to many.
Mbh.3.68.3396 SECTION LXVIII Vaisampayana said, After Nala, despoiled of his kingdom, had, with his wife, become a bondsman, Bhima with the desire of seeing Nala sent out Brahmanas to search for him.
Mbh.3.68.3397 And giving them profuse wealth, Bhima enjoined on them, saying, Do ye search for Nala, and also for my daughter Damayanti.
Mbh.3.68.3399 Even if failing to bring Damayanti and Nala here, he that succeeds learning their whereabouts, will get from me the wealth represented by a thousand kine'
Mbh.3.68.3400 Thus addressed, the Brahmanas cheerfully went out in all directions seeking Nala and his wife in cities and provinces.
Mbh.3.68.3401 But Nala or his spouse they found not anywhere.
Mbh.3.68.3415 It is a hard feat achieved by Nala in that he liveth without succumbing to grief, though separated from such a wife.
Mbh.3.68.3420 Equal to her in nature and age and extraction, Nala deserveth the daughter of Vidarbha, and this damsel of black eyes also deserveth him.
Mbh.3.69.3441 And there is a king ruling the Nishadhas, named Nala, the son of Virasena.
Mbh.3.69.3475 And, O king, having spent that night at her father's mansion and recovered from fatigue, Damayanti addressed her mother, saying, O mother, if thou wishest me to live, I tell thee truly, do thou endeavour to bring Nala, that hero among men'
Mbh.3.69.3483 Let thy men strive to find out Nala the righteous'
Mbh.3.69.3484 Thus informed by her the king sent the Brahmanas under him in all directions, saying, Exert ye to discover Nala'
Mbh.3.69.3485 And those Brahmanas, commanded by the ruler of the Vidarbhas to seek Nala appeared before Damayanti and told her of the journey they were about to undertake.
Mbh.3.69.3502 Thus instructed by Damayanti, O king, the Brahmanas set out in all directions in search of Nala overtaken with such disaster.
Mbh.3.70.3505 SECTION LXX Vrihadaswa said, After a long time had passed away, a Brahmana named Parnada returned to the city of the Vidarbhas, and said unto the daughter of Bhima, O Damayanti, seeking Nala, the king of Nishadhas, I came to the city of Ayodhya, and appeared before the son of Bhangasura.
Mbh.3.70.3522 Let Sudeva without delay go hence to the city of Ayodhya, for the purpose of bringing Nala, O mother, having performed the same auspicious rites by virtue of which he had speedily brought me into the midst of friends'
Mbh.3.70.3523 With these words, after Parnada had recovered from fatigue, the princess of Vidarbha worshipped him with profuse wealth and also said, When Nala will come here, O Brahmana, I will bestow on thee wealth in abundance again.
Mbh.3.70.3530 Tomorrow, after the sun hath risen, she will choose a second husband, as she doth not know whether the heroic Nala liveth or not.
Mbh.3.71.3535 Thus addressed, O son of Kunti, by that king, Nala felt his heart to be bursting in grief.
Mbh.3.71.3558 Thereupon the skillful Nala yoked upon the car four excellent steeds of good breed that were, besides, docile and fleet.
Mbh.3.71.3560 Then, O king, that foremost of men, the blessed king Nala began to soothe horses endued with energy and strength.
Mbh.3.71.3568 Or, is it king Nala the reducer of hostile towns that hath come here?
Mbh.3.71.3569 Or, it may be that this Vahuka knoweth the science that Nala knoweth, for I perceive that the knowledge of Vahuka is equal to that of Nala.
Mbh.3.71.3570 Further, Vahuka and Nala are of the same age.
Mbh.3.71.3571 This one, again, may not be Nala of high prowess, but somebody of equal knowledge.
Mbh.3.71.3573 That this person is of unsightly appearance need not change my opinion; for Nala, I think, may even be despoiled of his personal features.
Mbh.3.71.3574 In respect of age this one equals Nala.
Mbh.3.71.3577 I think, therefore, he is Nala'
Mbh.3.71.3578 Having thus reasoned long in his mind, O mighty monarch, Varshneya, the former charioteer of the righteous Nala, became absorbed in thought.
Mbh.3.72.3581 SECTION LXXII Vrihadaswa said, Like a bird coursing through the sky, Nala soon crossed rivers and mountains, and woods and lakes.
Mbh.3.72.3583 And at soon as his garment had dropped down the high-minded monarch, without loss of time, told Nala, I intend to recover it.
Mbh.3.72.3585 Thereupon Nala replied unto him, The sheet is dropped down far away.
Mbh.3.72.3588 After Nala had addressed him thus, O king, the royal son of Bhangasura came upon a Vibhitaka tree with fruits in a forest.
Mbh.3.72.3622 And saying this, Rituparna imparted unto Nala the science he desired.
Mbh.3.72.3623 And Nala upon becoming acquainted with the science of dice, Kali came out of his body, incessantly vomiting from his mouth the virulent poison of Karkotaka.
Mbh.3.72.3632 And thus addressed by Kali, king Nala controlled his wrath.
Mbh.3.72.3637 And Nala, with a glad heart, began to urge those foremost of steeds which sprang into the air once and again like creatures endued with wings.
Mbh.3.72.3639 And after Nala had gone far away, Kali also returned to his abode.
Mbh.3.72.3640 And abandoned by Kali, O king, that lord of earth, the royal Nala, became freed from calamity though he did not assume his native form
Mbh.3.73.3643 And the steeds of Nala that were in that city heard that sound, and hearing it they became delighted as they used to be in the presence of Nala himself.
Mbh.3.73.3644 And Damayanti also heard the sound of that car driven by Nala, like the deep roar of the clouds in the rainy season.
Mbh.3.73.3645 And Bhima and the steeds of Nala regarded the clatter of that car to be like that which they used to hear in days of yore when king Nala himself urged his own steeds.
Mbh.3.73.3648 And Damayanti said, Because the rattle of his car filling the whole earth, gladdens my heart, it must be King Nala that has come.
Mbh.3.73.3649 If I do not see Nala, of face bright as the moon, that hero with countless virtues, I shall certainly die.
Mbh.3.73.3655 Oh, my Nala is exalted and forgiving and heroic and magnificent and superior to all other kings, and faithful to his marriage vow and like unto a eunuch in respect of other females.
Mbh.3.73.3657 Thus bewailing as if devoid of sense, Damayanti, O Bharata, ascended the terrace of her mansion with the desire of seeing the righteous Nala.
Mbh.3.73.3678 It was loud as that of Nala, but I do not see the ruler of the Nishadhas.
Mbh.3.73.3679 Certainly, Varshneya hath learnt the art from Nala, and it is for this the rattle of the car driven by him hath been even like that of Nala.
Mbh.3.73.3680 Or, is Rituparna equally skilled with Nala so that the rattle of his car seemeth to be like that of Nala'
Mbh.3.74.3684 Having regard to the feeling of satisfaction my mind experienceth, and the delight my heart feeleth, I am greatly afraid this one is king Nala himself.
Mbh.3.74.3697 Thus questioned, Vahuka replied, He of whom thou inquirest was the charioteer of the virtuous Nala, and known to all by the name of Varshneya.
Mbh.3.74.3698 After Nala had, O beauteous one, left his kingdom, he came to the son of Bhangasura.
Mbh.3.74.3701 At this Kesini rejoined, Perhaps Varshneya knoweth where king Nala hath gone, and O Vahuka, he may also have spoken to thee about his master'
Mbh.3.74.3702 Vahuka then said, Having brought hither the children of Nala of excellent deeds, Varshneya went away whither he listed: He doth not know where Naishadha is.
Mbh.3.74.3704 Nala's self only knoweth Nala.
Mbh.3.74.3705 Nala never discovereth his marks of identity anywhere'
Mbh.3.74.3718 And, O Bharata, while speaking thus, Nala oppressed with grief, could not restrain his tears, but began to weep.
Mbh.3.75.3720 SECTION LXXV Vrihadaswa said, Hearing everything, Damayanti became oppressed with grief, and suspecting the person to be Nala, said unto Kesini, O Kesini, go thou again, and examine Vahuka, and staying in silence at his side mark thou his conduct.
Mbh.3.75.3742 Vrihadaswa continued, Hearing of these acts of the virtuous Nala, and discovering him from his behaviour, Damayanti considered him as already recovered.
Mbh.3.75.3746 And Damayanti who had formerly often partaken of meat dressed by Nala, tasted the meat that was brought by her hand-maid.
Mbh.3.75.3747 And she thereupon decided Vahuka to be Nala and wept aloud in grief of heart.
Mbh.3.76.3756 SECTION LXXVI Vrihadaswa said, Beholding the agitation of the virtuous and wise Nala, Kesini returned unto Damayanti and related everything unto her.
Mbh.3.76.3757 And thereupon Damayanti with a sorrowful heart and eager to behold Nala, again despatched Kesini to her mother, asking her to say on her behalf: Suspecting Vahuka to be Nala, I have tried him in various ways.
Mbh.3.76.3763 And, O bull of the Bharata race, having obtained the consent both of her father and mother, Damayanti caused Nala to be brought to her apartments.
Mbh.3.76.3764 And as soon as he saw Damayanti unexpectedly, king Nala was overwhelmed with grief and sorrow, and bathed in tears.
Mbh.3.76.3765 And that best of women, Damayanti, also, upon beholding king Nala in that condition, was sorely afflicted with grief.
Mbh.3.76.3767 Who, except the virtuous Nala, could go away, deserting in the woods, his dear and unoffending wife overcome with fatigue?
Mbh.3.76.3774 And beholding her thus afflicted with grief, Nala also, shedding tears, black of those of the gazelle with extremities of reddish hue, said, O timid one, neither the loss of my kingdom nor my desertion of thee was my act.
Mbh.3.76.3785 Hearing these lamentations of Nala, Damayanti, frightened and trembling, said with joined hand, It behoveth thee not, O blessed one, to suspect any fault in me.
Mbh.3.76.3796 And thus addressed by her, the Wind-god said from the sky, O Nala, I tell thee truly that she hath done no wrong.
Mbh.3.76.3803 And beholding those wonders, O Bharata, king Nala, the represser of foes, cast away all his doubts in respect of Damayanti.
Mbh.3.76.3806 And king Nala also embraced Bhima's daughter devoted to him, as before, and also his children, and experienced great delight.
Mbh.3.76.3809 And, O king, the queen-mother then, with a glad heart, told Bhima all that had passed between Nala and Damayanti.
Mbh.3.76.3810 And the mighty monarch answered, Let Nala pass this day in peace, to-morrow I shall see him after his bath and prayers, with Damayanti by his side'
Mbh.3.76.3812 And with hearts filled with joy, the princess of Vidarbha and Nala began to pass their days in the palace of king Bhima, intent upon making each other happy.
Mbh.3.76.3813 And it was in the fourth year after the loss of his kingdom that Nala was re-united with his wife, and all his desires gratified, once more experienced the highest bliss.
Mbh.3.77.3816 SECTION LXXVII Vrihadaswa said, Having passed that night, king Nala decked in ornaments and with Damayanti by his side, presented himself in due time before the king.
Mbh.3.77.3817 And Nala saluted his father-in-law with becoming humility and after him the fair Damayanti paid her respects to her father.
Mbh.3.77.3819 And duly accepting the homage rendered unto him, king Nala offered his father-in-law his services as became him.
Mbh.3.77.3820 And seeing Nala arrived, the citizens were in great joy.
Mbh.3.77.3827 And calling unto him king Nala, he asked his forgiveness.
Mbh.3.77.3828 And the intelligent Nala also asked Rituparna's forgiveness, showing diverse reasons.
Mbh.3.77.3829 And that foremost of speakers versed in the truth, king Rituparna, after being thus honoured by Nala, said, with a countenance expressive of wonder, these words unto the ruler of the Nishadhas.
Mbh.3.77.3833 Hearing this, Nala replied, Thou hast not, O monarch, done me ever so little an injury.
Mbh.3.77.3842 And, O king, after Rituparna had gone, king Nala did not stay long in the city of Kundina
Mbh.3.78.3861 Hearing these words of that incoherent braggart, Nala in anger desired to cut off his head with a scimitar.
Mbh.3.78.3862 With a smile, however, though his eyes were red in anger, king Nala said, Let us play.
Mbh.3.78.3865 Then the play commenced between Pushkara and Nala.
Mbh.3.78.3866 And blessed be Nala who at a single throw won his wealth and treasures back along with the life of his brother that also had been staked.
Mbh.3.78.3878 And Nala of unbaffled prowess, having comforted his brother thus gave him permission to go to his own town, having embraced him repeatedly.
Mbh.3.79.3889 And upon the arrival of the princess of Vidarbha accompanied by her son and daughter, king Nala began to pass his days in joy like the chief of the celestials in the gardens of Nandana.
Mbh.3.79.3893 For, O foremost of men, it was thus that subjugator of hostile cities, king Nala, had fallen into distress along with his wife, in consequence, O bull of Bharata race of dice.
Mbh.3.79.3894 And, O lord of the earth, Nala suffered such dire woe all alone and recovered his prosperity, whereas thou, O son of Pandu, with heart fixed on virtue, art sporting in joy in this great forest, accompanied by thy brothers and Krishna.
Mbh.3.79.3896 This history, besides, of the Naga Karkotaka, of Damayanti, of Nala and of that royal sage Rituparna, is destructive of evil.
Mbh.3.79.3902 They that will repeatedly recite this noble history of Nala, and that will hear it recited, will never be touched by adversity.
Mbh.3.87.4802 And there also is the mountain called Kundoda, which is so delightful and abounding in fruits and roots and waters, and where the king of the Nishadhas Nala had slaked his thirst and rested for a while.
Mbh.3.113.5863 And as Damayanti was an obedient wife to Nala, or as Sachi is to the god who holdeth the thunderbolt in his hand or as Indrasena, Narayana's daughter, was always obedient to Mudgala, so did Santa wait affectionately upon Rishyasringa, when he lived in the wood.
Mbh.3.281.13779 And that mighty army, protected by Nala and Nila and Angada and Kratha and Mainda and Dwivida, marched forth for achieving the purpose of Raghava.
Mbh.3.281.13811 In thy army there is a monkey of the name of Nala, who is a skilful mechanic.
Mbh.3.281.13812 And endued with great strength, Nala is the son of Tashtri, the divine artificer of the Universe.
Mbh.3.281.13815 And Rama awaking, called Nala unto him and said, Build thou a bridge over the sea!
Mbh.3.281.13819 And having completed that bridge, Nala, of body huge as a hill, came away at the command of Rama.
Mbh.3.283.13890 And Lakshmana singled out Indrajit, and Sugriva singled out Virupakshya, and Nikharvata fought with Tara, and Nala with Tunda, and Patusa with Panasa.
Mbh.3.285.13960 And that mighty monkey, Nala, also, with a large mass of rock, crushed Promathin, that other younger brother of Dushana.
Mbh.3.287.13998 And the king of the monkeys stood there, accompanied by Sushena and Mainda and Dwivida, and Kumuda and Angada and Hanuman and Nila and Tara and Nala.
Mbh.3.288.14044 And beholding him rushing in wrath towards the monkey army, Mainda and Nila and Nala and Angada, and Hanuman and Jamvuman, surrounded him with all their troops.
Mbh.4.56.2164 And seated on the car of the lord of the celestials, appeared the effulgent persons of king, Vasumanas and Valakshas and Supratarddana, and Ashtaka and Sivi and Yayati and Nahusha and Gaya and Manu and Puru and Raghu and Bhanu and Krisaswa and Sagara and Nala.
Mbh.5.117.5285 And the royal sage then sported with her, as Surya with Prabhavati, Agni with Swaha, Vasava with Sachi, Chandra with Rohini, Yama with Urmila, Varuna with Gauri, Kuvera with Riddhi, Narayana with Lakshmi, Sagara with Jahnavi, Rudra with Rudrani, the Grandsire with Saraswati, Vasishtha's son Saktri with Adrisyanti, Vasishtha with Arundhati called also Akshamala, Chyavana with Sukanya, Pulastya with Sandhya, Agastya with the princess of Vidarbha Lopamudra, Satyavan with Savitri, Bhrigu with Puloma, Kasyapa with Aditi, Richika's son Jamadagni with Renuka, Kusika's son Viswamitra with Himavati, Vrihaspati with Tara, Sukra with Sataprava, Bhumipati with Bhumi, Pururavas with Urvasi, Richika with Satyavati, Manu with Saraswati, Dushyanta with Sakuntala, the eternal Dharma with Dhriti, Nala with Damayanti, Narada, with Satyavati, Jaratkaru with Jaratkaru, Pulastya with Pratichya, Urnayus with Menaka, Tumvuru with Rambha, Vasuki with Satasirsha, Dhananjaya with Kamari, Rama with the princess of Videha Sita, or Janardana with Rukmini.
Mbh.8.91.5801 Like Nala who was defeated by Pushkara with the aid of dice but who regained his kingdom by prowess, the Pandavas, who are free from cupidity, will recover their kingdom by the prowess of their arms, aided with all their friends.
Mbh.13.115.10352 These other kings also, viz, Syenachitra, O monarch, and Somaka and Vrika and Raivata and Rantideva and Vasu and Srinjaya, and Dushmanta and Karushma and Rama and Alarka and Nala, and Virupaswa and Nimi and Janaka of great intelligence, and Aila and Prithu and Virasena, and Ikshvaku, and Sambhu, and Sweta, and Sagara, and Aja and Dhundhu and Suvahu, and Haryaswa and Kshupa and Bharata, O monarch, did not eat flesh for the month of Karttika and as the consequence thereof attained to heaven, and endued with prosperity, blazed forth with effulgence in the region of Brahman, adored by Gandharvas and surrounded by thousand damsels of great beauty.
Mbh.13.165.13710 Bhagiratha, Harischandra, Marutta, Dridharatha, the highly fortunate Alarka, Aila, Karandhama, that foremost of men, Kasmira, Daksha, Amvarisha, Kukura, Raivata of great fame, Kuru, Samvarana, Mandhatri of unbaffled prowess, the royal sage Muchukunda, Jahnu who was much favoured by Janhavi Ganga, the first in point of time of all kings, viz, Prithu the son of Vena, Mitrabhanu, Priyankara, Trasadasyu, Sweta that foremost of royal sages, the celebrated Mahabhisha, Nimi Ashtaka, Ayu, the royal sage Kshupa, Kaksheyu, Pratardana, Devodasa, Sudasa, Kosaleswara, Aila, Nala, the royal sage Manu, that lord of all creatures, Havidhara, Prishadhara, Pratipa, Santanu, Aja, the senior Varhi, Ikshwaku of great fame, Anaranya, Janujangha, the royal sage Kakshasena, and many others not named in history.
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Reference:- Mahabharata of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, translated to English by Kisari Mohan Ganguli; Source of Plain Text: www.sacred-texts.com; Wikified at AncientVoice.

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