The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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“When the city was built, there came, O king, numerous Brahmanas well-acquainted with all the Vedas and conversant with every language, wishing to dwell there.  And there came also unto that town numerous merchants from every direction, in the hope of earning wealth.  There also came numerous persons well-skilled in all the arts, wishing to take up their abode there.  And around the city were laid out many delightful gardens adorned with numerous trees bearing both fruits and flowers.  There were Amras (mango trees) and Amaratakas, and Kadamvas and Asokas, and Champakas; and Punnagas and Nagas and Lakuchas and Panasas; and Salas and Talas (palm trees) and Tamalas and Vakulas, and Ketakas with their fragrant loads; beautiful and blossoming and grand Amalakas with branches bent down with the weight of fruits and Lodhras and blossoming Ankolas; and Jamvus (blackberry trees) and Patalas and Kunjakas and Atimuktas; and Karaviras and Parijatas and numerous other kinds of trees always adorned with flowers and fruits and alive with feathery creatures of various species.  And those verdant groves always resounded with the notes of maddened peacocks and Kokilas (blackbirds).  And there were various pleasure-houses, bright as mirrors, and numerous bowers of creepers, and charming and artificial hillocks, and many lakes full to the brim of crystal water, and delightful tanks fragrant with lotuses and lilies and adorned with swans and ducks and chakravakas (brahminy ducks).  And there were many delicious pools overgrown with fine aquatic plants.  And there were also diverse ponds of great beauty and large dimension.  And, O king, the joy of the Pandavas increased from day to day, in consequence of their residence in that large kingdom that was peopled with pious men.

“Thus in consequence of the virtuous behaviour of Bhishma and king Dhritarashtra towards them, the Pandavas took up their abode in Khandavaprastha.  Adorned with those five mighty warriors, each equal unto Indra himself, that foremost of cities looked like Bhogavati (the capital of the nether kingdom) adorned with the Nagas.  And, O monarch, having settled the Pandavas there, the heroic Krishna, obtaining their leave, came back with Rama to Dwaravati.’”


(Rajya-labha Parva)

“Janamejaya said, ’O thou possessed of ascetic wealth, what did those high-souled ones, my grandsires, the illustrious Pandavas, do, after obtaining the kingdom of Indraprastha?  How did their wife Draupadi obey them all?  How is it also that no dissensions arose amongst those illustrious rulers of men, all attached to one wife, viz., Krishna?  O thou of the wealth of asceticism, I wish to hear everything in detail regarding the behaviour towards one another of those rulers of men after their union with Krishna.’

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