The innocent Pandavas, after they were cheated in a game of dice, were banished into the forest for 12 years. Arjuna, after taking leave of his beloved wife, set out in the northerly direction while chanting prayers to Lord Siva.
Lord Siva, please protect me always
O Destroyer of Cupid! O Lord!!
Please be merciful and wipe off
the misery caused by our enemies
O God who is revered by all on earth