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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,884 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1.
obtained untold wealth counted out to them.  And as the sand-grains of the earth, or as the stars in the sky, or as the rain-drops when it raineth, cannot be counted by anyone, so the wealth Gaya gave away was incapable of being counted by figures.  So untold was the wealth, O great king! that was given to the ministering priests in all those seven sacrifices that even the above-mentioned objects might be counted by figures, but the gratuities bestowed by him whose largeness exceeded all that was known before were not capable of being counted by figures.  And images of the goddess of speech were made of gold by the sculptor of the gods;—­and the king gratified the members of the sacerdotal caste, who had arrived from all the cardinal points, by making presents to them of those images, of gold.  O protector of men! when the high-souled Gaya performed his sacrificial rites, he erected sacrificial piles at so many different spots that but little space was left on the surface of the earth.  And, O scion of Bharata’s race! he by that sacred act attained the regions of Indra.  Whoever should bathe in the river, Payosini, would go to the regions attained by Gaya.  Therefore, O lord of kings!  O unswerving prince! thou and thy brothers should bathe in this river; then, O protector of the earth, thou wilt be freed from all these sins.”

Vaisampayana said, “O most praiseworthy of men!  Yudhishthira with his brothers performed ablutions in the Payosini river.  Then, O sinless prince! the powerful monarch together with his brothers, journeyed to the hill of sapphires and the great river Narmada.  The blessed saint Lomasa there named to him all the delightful holy spots and all the sacred shrines of the celestials.  Then he with his brothers visited those places, according to his desire and convenience.  And at various places Brahmanas by thousands received gifts from him.”

“Lomasa said, ’O son of Kunti! one who visits the sapphire Hill and plunges his body in the river Narmada attains the regions inhabited by the celestials and kings.  O most praiseworthy of men! this period is the junction between the Treta and the Kali age, O Kunti’s son!  This is the period when a person gets rid of all his sins.  O respected sir! this is the spot where Saryati performed sacrificial rites, wherein Indra appeared in a visible form and drank the Soma juice, with the two celestial physicians.  And Bhrigu’s son of severe austerities conceived anger towards the great Indra; and the mighty Chyavana paralysed Indra, and for his wife obtained the princess, Sukanya.’”

“Yudhishthira said, ’How was the chastiser of the demon Paka, the god possessed of the six attributes, paralysed by Chyavana?  And for what reason did the mighty saint conceive wrath towards Indra?  And how, O Brahmana! did he raise the celestial physicians to the rank of the drinkers of Soma?  All this, precisely as it happened, thy venerable self will be pleased to recount to me.’”

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