The Pāṇḍavas longed for the company of Arjuna and were getting bored without him; they set out on a tīrthayātra (pilgrimage) with the intention of acquiring puṇya and also to get rid of the boredom. They reached Naimiṣāraṇya, took a dip in the river Gomatī,
Keśinī met Bāhuka and asked him when they had started for Vidarbha, how long they had travelled and what the purpose of their visit was. He told her that they had started their journey the previous evening and come to attend the second svayamvara of
The brāhmaṇas left in search of Naḻa, as per the words of Damayantī. Several days later, a brāhmaṇa named Parṇāda came back and said to Damayantī, “Mother! As per your directions, I set out in the search for the king of Niṣadha, Naḻa, and after
Thereafter Damayantī continued walking in the dense forest. After crossing several hills, mountains, and rivers she finally came across a walking trail. She began walking on the path when she found a river that had a fleet of merchant ships parked on its bank. Emaciated,
Kali had to wait for a whole twelve years until he could find a flaw in Naḻa. He went to Naḻa’s friend Puṣkara, instigated him to invite Naḻa to play a game of dice, and he (i.e. Kali) entered the dice that would be used
ಛಂದಸ್ಸು ನಾಟ್ಯಶಾಸ್ತ್ರವು ಛಂದೋವಿಚಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಕುರಿತು ಬೆಲೆಯುಳ್ಳ ಎಷ್ಟೋ ವಿಚಾರಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಳಿದ್ದರೂ ಅಭಿನವಗುಪ್ತನು ತಕ್ಕ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನ್ಯಾಯ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದಂತೆ ತೋರದು. ಆದರೂ ಅವನ ಛಂದಸ್ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮಗಳ ಅರಿವು ಹಿರಿದಾದುದೆಂಬುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂದೇಹವಿಲ್ಲ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಕೇವಲ ಒಂದೇ ಒಂದು ನಿದರ್ಶನವನ್ನು ನಾವಿಲ್ಲಿ ಗಮನಿಸಬಹುದು. ಅದು ವಿವಿಧಚ್ಛಂದಸ್ಸುಗಳ ಪಾಠ್ಯತ್ವ ಮತ್ತು ಗೇಯತ್ವಗಳಿಗೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದ ವಿವೇಕ. ಛಂದಶ್ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರವು ಹಲವು ಕೋಟಿ ಛಂದಸ್ಸುಗಳ ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆಯನ್ನು ಲೆಕ್ಕವಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರೂ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತರೂಪಕಪ್ರಪಂಚದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಬಳಕೆಯಾಗುವ ಛಂದಸ್ಸುಗಳ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚೆಂದರೆ ಮೂವತ್ತು-ನಲವತ್ತು.