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Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 454 pages of information about Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1.

“Lomasa said, ’When Ilwala learnt that those kings along with the great Rishi had arrived on the confines of his domain, he went out with his ministers and worshipped them duly.  And that prince of Asuras received them hospitably, entertaining them, O son of the Kuru race, with well dressed meat supplied by his brother Vatapi (transformed into a ram).  Then all those royal sages, beholding the mighty Asura Vatapi, who had been transformed into a ram thus cooked for them, became sad and cheerless and were nearly deprived of themselves.  But that best of Rishis—­Agastya—­addressing those royal sages, said, “Yield ye not to grief, I will eat up the great Asura.”  And the mighty Rishi then sat himself down on an excellent seat, and the prince of Asuras, Ilwala, began to distribute the food smilingly.  And Agastya ate up the whole of the meat supplied by Vatapi (transformed into a ram).  And after the dinner was over, Ilwala began to summon his brother.  But thereupon a quantity of air alone came out of the illustrious Rishi’s stomach, with a sound that was as loud, O child, as the roar of the clouds.  And Ilwala repeatedly said, “Come out, O Vatapi!” Then that best of Munis—­Agastya—­bursting out in laughter, said, “How can he come out?  I have already digested that great Asura.”  And beholding his brother already digested, Ilwala became sad and cheerless and joining his hands, along with his ministers, addressing the Rishi (and his companions), said, “What for have ye come hither, and what can I do for you?” And Agastya smilingly answered Ilwala, saying, “We know thee, O Asura, to be possessed of great power and also enormous wealth.  These kings are not very wealthy while my need also of wealth is great.  Give us what thou canst, without injuring others.”  Thus addressed Ilwala saluted the Rishi and said, “If thou say what it is that I mean to give, then will I give you wealth.”  Hearing this Agastya said, “O great Asura, thou hast even purposed to give unto each of these kings ten thousand kine and as many gold coins.  And unto me thou hast purposed to give twice as much, as also a car of gold and a couple of horses fleet as thought.  If thou enquirest now, thou wilt soon learn that your car is made of gold.”  Thereupon, O son of Kunti, Ilwala made enquiries and learnt that the car he had intended to give away was really a golden one.  And the Daitya then with a sad heart, gave away much wealth and that car, unto which were yoked two steeds called Virava and Surava.  And those steeds, O Bharata, took those kings and Agastya and all that wealth to the asylum of Agastya within the twinkling of an eye.  And those royal sages then obtaining Agastya’s permission, went away to their respective cities.  And Agastya also (with that wealth) did all that his wife Lopamudra had desired.  And Lopamudra then said, “O illustrious one, thou hast now accomplished all my wishes.  Beget thou a child on me that shall be possessed of great energy.”  And Agastya replied unto her, saying, “O blessed and beauteous

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