- Despite the offensive raid on their camp by Jayadratha, old Markandeya is still hanging out with the Pandavas. Yuddistira, feeling sorry for himself and for Draupadi, goes to him for consolation. Markandeya replies with the entire story of the Ramayana.
I've spared you the re-telling of that epic, since it would have us out on a sidetrack for possibly months, and, really, the Ramayana deserves a podcast of its own, right?
So, jumping over that chapter, we find ourselves back where we were; Yuddistira moping around feeling sorry for himself and for Draupadi. Again, he goes to Markandeya for consolation. This time Markandeya replies with the story of Savitri.
This time, the story apparently works, because at the end of the chapter Vaisampayana tells us that the Pandavas spent the rest of their exile in Kanyaka "without sorrow or fear". That's a pretty effective story!
As it turns out, this is the last of the Markandeya stories. We are nearly at the end of the Book of the Forest, and next episode we'll get back to the main plot with one of Karna's adventures.