The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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mates deer of quick glances, holding the grass in their mouths.  And fearless from prowess, Bhimasena, as if invited by the breeze-shaken trees of the forest ever fragrant with flowers, bearing delicate coppery twigs, plunged into the mountainous regions inhabited by buffaloes, bears and leopards.  And on the way, he passed by lotus-lakes haunted by maddened black-bees, having romantic descents and woods, and on account of the presence of lotus-buds, appearing as if they had joined their hands (before Bhima).  And having for his provisions on the journey the words of Draupadi, Bhima went on with speed, his mind and sight fixed on the blooming slopes of the mountain.  And when the sun passed the meridian, he saw in the forest scattered over with deer, a mighty river filled with fresh golden lotuses.  And being crowded with swans and Karandavas, and graced with Chakravakas, the river looked like a garland of fresh lotuses put on by the mountain.  And in that river that one of great strength found the extensive assemblage of Saugandhika lotuses, effulgent as the rising sun, and delightful to behold.  And beholding it, Pandu’s son thought within himself that his object had been gained, and also mentally presented himself before his beloved worn out by exile.”

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Vaisampayana said, “Having reached that spot, Bhimasena saw in the vicinity of the Kailasa cliff, that beautiful lotus lake surrounded by lovely woods, and guarded by the Rakshasas.  And it sprang from the cascades contiguous to the abode of Kuvera.  And it was beautiful to behold, and was furnished with a wide-spreading shade and abounded in various trees and creepers and was covered with green lilies.  And this unearthly lake was filled with golden lotuses, and swarmed with diverse species of birds.  And its banks were beautiful and devoid of mud.  And situated on the rocky elevation this expanse of excellent water was exceedingly fair.  And it was the wonder of the world and healthful and of romantic sight.  In that lake the son of Kunti saw, the water of ambrosial taste and cool and light and clear and fresh; and the Pandava drank of it profusely.  And that unearthly receptacle of waters was covered with celestial Saugandhika lotuses, and was also spread over with beautiful variegated golden lotuses of excellent fragrance having graceful stalks of lapis lazulis.  And swayed by swans and Karandavas, these lotuses were scattering fresh farina.  And this lake was the sporting region of the high-souled Kuvera, the king of the Yakshas.  And it was held in high regard by the Gandharvas the Apsaras and the celestials.  And it was frequented by the celestial sages and the Yakshas and the Kimpurushas and the Rakshasas and the Kinnaras; and it was well-protected by Kuvera.  And as soon as he beheld that river and that unearthly lake, Kunti’s son, Bhimasena of mighty strength became exceedingly delighted.  And agreeably to the mandate of their king, hundreds

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