While we were basking in the afternoon sun, one of the resort staff came to us and started telling us stories about the place. Besides an eye-catching view, the name of the resort – Agyaat Vaas, also holds a special significance in history. It is an interesting legend of Mahabharat. Following the game of dice, the Pandavas were forced by the Kauravas to vacate Hasthinapur along with their wife Draupati and spend twelve plus one year in exile. Following the twelve years of expulsion, they were supposed to live in incognito for a year which was known as Agyaat Vaas. If someone had found them during the Agyaat Vaas, they would have to repeat the thirteen-year exile process once more. However, Pandavas successfully managed to complete the exile living as per the terms stipulated. Following the twelve years of exile, Pandavas arrived at the court of King Virata of Matsyadesh and lived there in incognito assuming several positions with the king and the royal household. Arjuna became a eunuch and tutored the king’s daughter in dance and music. Dharmaja counselled the king Virat in the administration. Bhim became a chef in the king’s royal household. Nakul became the caretaker of the horses and animals in the King’s army. Sahdev took care of the cows in the palace while Draupati became a maid to the queen.
“You will find a lot of places here which are associated with stories from the Agyaat Vaas of Pandvas”, he said, while imparting a plethora of information about the place and its related history.
While there was so much to praise about this place, the only disadvantage was an extremely poor network. There were a few areas in the resort, where the network was barely strong enough to make a phone call. But given how extremely optimistic we are (just kidding), we thought of it as a blessing in disguise - a little time out from our mundane schedules.
At night, the chirps of the insects sounded like light music against the backdrop of silence, of the forest. We sat beside a bon-fire, under the blanket of stars and a crescent of the silver moon, a scenario all of us fancy about. Even in the month of May, it was extremely cold at night. A suggestion from my personal experience, for all the girls. Make sure you get yourselves clicked in your fancy dresses till the time the sun is up because after sunset, it becomes extremely cold!!