When Arjun and Krishna helped Agni burn the Khandava forest there were six survivors: Ashwasena, the snake son of Takshaka. Maya whom Arjun spares and who is also Vishvakarma and builds the Pandavas palace. He also gives bheem his club and Arjun his conch.
Four peacocks who are sons of the Rishi Mandapala who takes the form of a peacock to have sex with their mom and have offspring so that he could go to heaven. Mandapala prayed to Agni that he won’t harm his kids, and Agni agreed. One of these kids is actually Drona.
Narada talks to Yudhishthara about how to run a country in the Sabha Parva
After he has told him how to run a country Yudhishthara asks him if this is the best sabha he has seen. He describes in detail all sabhas he’s seen and mentions where great kings go. Upon this Yudhishthara asks if he’s seen Pandu his father and if he has any message for him. Narad has seen Pandu and his message is to do a Royal Sacrifice or Rajasayu Sacrifice where a king instated himself as emperor of all other kings. Such a sacrifice was also done by Harishchandra and as a result he enjoys a special place in Indra’s Sabha.
Jarasandha Vadha Parva
Yudhishthara thinks about doing the Rajayasu but he’s not sure because this means that all kings have to be defeated and he’s not sure if it can be done. He asks Krishna and he says that he can only be successful if he defeats Jarasandha first. Jarasandha has been really cruel and has driven all the Yadav kings out of Mathura. Yudhishthara is surprised and asks how is it that someone can beat Krishna and wants to know who Jarasandha is.
Krishna tells him that a king named Brihadratha used to live in olden times and he had two wives whom he pledged to love equally. He couldn’t have any sons so he was very sad and when a Rishi came to his kingdom he served the Rishi and the Rishi said he’ll give him a boon. Brihadratha said he doesn’t want any boom because he has no child and can’t continue his lineage so the Rishi thought about this and mediated and a mango fell in his lap. The Rishi gave the mango to the king and said that feed this to your queen and she’ll have a son. Since the king loved both queens equally he couldn’t give the mango to just one queen and sliced it in half and gave it to both queens. Soon after both queens became pregnant and were delighted. But when the conceived they each had half a baby, one arm, one leg, one half of a face etc. They were very saddened by this and asked the midwife to throw the half babies away.
The midwife did as instructed. There was a demon woman who lived in this kingdom and she came across the two halves and got hold of them with the intention to eat them. But as soon as she placed them together, the two halves joined and the baby became full and became very strong and powerful, and heavy with the body of a stone. This demon woman then returned the baby to Brihadratha the king and this baby was called Jarasandha because the demon woman’s name was Jara and Sandha means joining. This king had the boon that he could only be defeated in a wrestling match.
So Krishna says let me Arjun and Bhim go and fight him.
Bhim fights Jarasandha for 14 days and finally becomes victorious.
After killing Jarasandha, Pandavas start their Rajayasu and four brothers go in four directions while Yudhishthara stays at home.
This is interesting because the text describes the areas they conquered and it includes references to almost all of India excluding the North East. Towards the West it goes roughly towards Pakistan I think and the South to Kerala and Andhra though not Sri Lanka. Strangely, it refers to land of Greeks and Romas in conquests of Sahadeva who went South. No explanation is given of this inconsistency.
Describes the opulence of the ceremony but only thing that caught my eye is that it talks about Maharatha Machella as one of the attendees which isn’t a very typical name in this text.