The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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Hari is always present.  Bathing there and bowing down unto Hari, the Creator of the three worlds, one obtaineth the fruit of the horse-sacrifice and repaireth to the abode of Vishnu.  One should next repair to Pariplava, that tirtha celebrated over the three worlds, and (bathing there), O Bharata, one obtaineth merit that is greater than that of the Agnishtoma and the Atiratra sacrifices.  Repairing next to the tirtha called Prithivi, one obtaineth the fruit of the gift of a thousand kine.  The pilgrim should next, O king, proceed to Shalukini and bathing there in the Dasaswamedha one obtaineth the merit of ten horse-sacrifices.  Proceeding next to Sarpadevi, that excellent tirtha of the Nagas, one obtaineth the merit of the Agnishtoma sacrifice and attaineth to the region of the Nagas.  O virtuous one, one should next proceed to Tarantuka, the gatekeeper, and residing there for one night one obtaineth the merit of giving away a thousand kine.  Proceeding next with subdued senses and regulated diet to Panchananda and bathing in the tirtha there, called Koti, one obtaineth the fruit of the horse-sacrifice.  Proceeding then to the tirtha of the twin Aswins one obtaineth personal beauty.  O virtuous one, one should next proceed to the excellent tirtha called Varaha, where Vishnu formerly stood in the form of a boar.  Bathing there one obtaineth, O foremost of men, the merit of the horse-sacrifice.  One should next, O king, repair to the tirtha called Sama in Jayanti.  Bathing there one obtaineth the merit of Rajasuya sacrifice.  By bathing in Ekahansa, a man obtaineth the merit of giving away a thousand kine.  O king, a pilgrim repairing to Kritasaucha obtaineth the lotus-eyed deity (Vishnu) and perfect purity of soul.  One should next proceed to Munjavata, that spot sacred to the illustrious Sthanu.  Residing there without food for one night, one obtaineth the status called Ganapatya.  There, O king, is the celebrated tirtha called Yakshini.  O king, repairing to that tirtha and bathing there, one obtaineth fruition of all his desires.  O bull of the Bharata race, that tirtha is regarded as the gate of Kurukshetra.  The pilgrim should with concentrated soul, walk round it.  Equal unto the Pushkaras, it was created by the high-souled Rama, the son of Jamadagni.  Bathing there and worshipping the Pitris and the gods, one obtaineth, O king, the merit of the horse-sacrifice and becometh successful in everything.  The pilgrim should next repair with concentrated soul to the Rama-hrada.  There, O king, the heroic Rama of resplendent energy, exterminating the Kshatriyas by his might, dug five lakes and filled them, O tiger among men, with the blood of his victims, as heard by us.  And having filled those lakes with Kshatriya blood, Rama offered oblations of blood to his sires and grandsires.  Gratified (with the oblations) those Rishis then addressed Rama and said, ’O Rama, O Rama, O thou of great good fortune, we have been gratified with thee, O thou of the Bhrigu race, for this thy regard for the
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