‘The Pandavas in Exile’ is the 10th chapter of Wind Chimes Textbook by Madhuban Publication. The chapter starts with a story board starting with the story of how the Pandavas were invited by Shakuni to paly Chausar and to trap them. The Panadvas lost all and had live in exile where they had to face a Yaksha to quell their thirst. Yudhishthira answered all the questions asked by the Yaksha and led to the revival to life all his brothers. Here are given the word-meanings and solution to the book exercises.
Word-meanings- The Pandavas in Exile Class 7
exile – forced to live in foreign country our out of your home (बनवास)
enthrone – crown as king
emerged – arose
intense – big and profound and deep
rivalry – competition, enmity
various – many
get rid of – to be free from sb /sth
plot – a secret plan (षड्यन्त्र)
deceit – cheating, deception
amend – to change improve or correct (behaviour)
in pursuit of – chasing, following, in search of
dwelling place – living place
vanished – disappeared
footsore – having sore (wound) foot due to walking a long way
weary – extremely tired
in vain – without any result, a waste
parched – very dry
trudged – to walk slowly with heavy steps
readily – quickly and easily without any difficulty
concerned – worried and anxious
unconscious – like sleeping, unaware
blood freezes – very frightened and shocked
wringing – twisting and squeezing
grief – pain, sorrow
startled – surprised and shocked
enchanted – under spell (words with magical powers)
fancy (n) – imagination, only in thoughts
struck down – caused to fall down
reeled – seemed to revolve
stoop – to bend forward and then downward
render – make or cause sb/sth to be in a particular state or condition (Example-The earthquake rendered him homeless)
heed – to give proper attention to advice or warning
sustain – to maintain or keep or continue the existence, to make enough supply needed to bear or live or exist (बनाए रखना, संभालना,
restore – to bring back to original form
righteousness – the quality of being morally just and fair (धर्म परायणता, नेकी ,सदाचारिता)
personage – an important or famous person
embrace – a hug, to hold close with arms out of love or affection
in disguise – modifying appearance to conceal identity so that he or she is unrecognised
noblest – magnificent, of high excellence or quality or value,
Summary: The Pandavas in Exile Class 7 Book Wind Chimes
The epic ‘The Mahabharat” was written by saint Vyas. The current chapter ‘ The Pandavas in Exile’ is an adapted extract from this epic. The Chapter reveals the character of Yudhishthira, his endurance, kind-heartedness, affection for his brothers and intellect. He satisfies Yaksha by giving by giving satisfactory answers to his questions. The yaksha was pleased with Yudhishthira’s fairness. The Yaksha was ‘Yama’ the lord of ‘Death’ who had taken the form of Yaksha to see test Yudhishthira’s wisdom, knowledge and righteous conduct. Being satisfied with his answers and impressed by his noble and wise conduct, Yama blessed him protection from heaven. He also advised him to visit the king of Matsaya in disguised form to spend their thirteenth year of incognito exile.
Pandavas in Exile- Question-Answers
1. They had wandered into the forest chasing a deer. The sun was hot and they felt extremely thirsty.
2. Yudhishthira sent Sahadeva to fetch water. But when he did not return then Yudhishthira sent one by one all his brothers to fetch water.
3. Yudhishthira got anxious because none of his brothers returned back to him.
4. All the four brothers had gone to fetch water from a pool that was enchanted. They also did not heed to the Yaksha’s warning and the result was that they felt unconscious.
5. The four brothers fell down unconscious after trying to drink water from the enchanted pool. It was because the Yaksha had asked them to answers his questions before drinking water but they were overcome by their thirst and ignored the Yaksha’s warning.
6. Yaksha’s condition was that whoever had to take water from the enchanted pool had to answer his questions first.
7. Yudhishthira asked who he was. He said that he was ready to answer his (Yaksha’s) questions.
8. Yaksha asked six questions from Yudhishthira.
i. What makes the sun shine?
ii. What is man’s surest weapon against danger.
iii. What gives more to man than even the Earth does? What feeds him and sustains him and makes him strong?
iv. When does a man become loved by his fellows?
v. What is it that which makes a man a man happy when he has lost it?
vi. What can a man give up and immediately become rich?
9. Yudhishthira answered questions calmly.
i. The power of God.
iii. A mother and she is more than the earth in giving and sustaining a man.
iv. A man is loved by his fellows when he gives up pride.
10. Yama was God of Justice and Death. He was Yudhishthira’s heavenly father.
11. Yama was very happy at the wisdom and with the answers of Yudhishthira. The noble conduct by Yudhishthira impressed Yama so much that he restored all his brothers’ life. He promised that he and his brothers would be protected by heaven in their hardships.
12. Yama advised Yudhishthira to go with his brothers and Draupadi to Matsya, where the good King Virata ruled and to live in disguise. There they would be safe from their enemies while they awaited the end of their long period of exile.