Sabha Parva starts with the narration on the construction of the famous assembly hall (Sabha) of Indraprastha by Asura Architect Maya. This assembly hall was one of its kind. Its floor had reflective properties. People can see their reflection on the floor as if the floor is filled with a layer of still water. The whole palace was built with exotic materials and was very amazing. King Yudhisthira the eldest Pandava conducts a great sacrifice called Rajasuya where kings of various kingdoms were invited. Among them was Duryodhana, who once tried to murder the Pandavas by burning them in a palace made of lac. Duryodhana mistook the smooth floor of the Sabha and lifted his dress up. Pandava's wife Panchali and Bhima laughed at that sight. Next he walked into another floor but this one was under a layer of water and he fell into it. Panchali laughed again. This humiliation was hard to digest for Duryodhana. Jealous of the wealth of the Pandavas, he decided to defeat them by some crooked means. Duryodhana with the help of his uncle Sakuni invited Yudhishthira for a game of dice. Yudhishthira agreed. They cheated him in the game and robed all the wealth. Duryodhana sent the defeated Pandavas into forest for 12 years of forest life and after that 1 year of life in anonymity in a kingdom of choice.
The inaugural day at Maya Sabha (the wonderful assembly hall created by Asura Architect Maya). Assembled in the hall were the famous kings of ancient India like Drupada of Panchala, Sudakshina of Kamboja and Ugrasena of Dwaraka. The Yadavas with Krishna and Vyasa with his disciples were also present. Seated in the throne is Pandava king Yudhishthira with his brothers Bhima (to his right), Arjuna (left), Nakula (extreme right) and Sahadeva (extreme left). Krishna is seated in the first left row as the first person. Vyasa is seated in the first right row as the first persion. Pandava's wife Panchali and other ladies like Rukmini and Satyabhama (wives of Krishna) and Pandava's mother Kunti are seen in the balcony. The Gandharva Tumvuru, friend of Arjuna is singing a song. The crowd consist of prominent men belonging to all orders of the society.