The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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drinks for the sake of the pleasure that those produced, and sang and played upon their musical instruments.  Avid others, by thousands, intoxicated with what they drank, danced and merrily sang hymns to the praise of Amvarisha; while others, unable to keep themselves erect, fell down on the earth.  In those sacrifices, king Amvarisha gave, as sacrificial presents, the kingdoms of hundreds and thousands of kings unto the ten million priests (employed by him) Having performed diverse sacrifices the king gave unto the Brahmanas, as sacrificial presents, numbers of princes and kings whose coronal locks had undergone the sacred bath, all cased in golden coats of mail, all having white umbrellas spread over their heads, all seated on golden cars, all attired in excellent robes and having large trains of followers, and all bearing their sceptres, and in possession of their treasuries.  The great Rishis, seeing what he did, were highly gratified, and said, ’None amongst men in past times did, none in future will be able to do, what king Amvarisha of profuse liberality, is doing now.  When he, O Srinjaya, died who was superior to thee in respect of the four cardinal virtues and who superior to thee, was, much more superior to thy son, thou shouldst not, therefore, saying, ‘Oh, Swaitya, Oh, Swaitya’, grieve for the latter who performed no sacrifice and made no sacrificial present.’”

SECTION LXV

“Narada said, ’King Sasavindu, O Srinjaya, we hear, fell a prey to death.  Of great beauty and of prowess incapable of being baffled, he performed diverse sacrifices.  That high-souled monarch had one hundred thousand wives.  From each of those wives were born a thousand sons.  All those princes were endued with great prowess.  They performed millions of sacrifices.  Accomplished in the Vedas, those kings performed many foremost of sacrifices.  All of them were cased (on occasions of battle) in golden coats of mail.  And all of them were excellent bowmen.  All these princes born of Sasavindu performed Horse-sacrifices.  Their father, O best of monarchs, in the Horse-sacrifices he had performed, gave away, (as sacrificial presents), all those sons unto the Brahmanas.  Behind each of those princes were hundreds upon hundreds of cars and elephants and fair maidens decked in ornaments of gold.  With each maiden were a hundred elephants; with each elephant, a hundred cars; with each car a hundred steeds, adorned with garlands of gold.  With each of those steeds were a thousand kine; and with each cow were fifty goats.  The highly blessed Sasavindu gave away unto the Brahmanas, in the great Horse-sacrifice of his such unlimited wealth.  The king caused as many sacrificial stakes of gold to be made for that great Horse-sacrifice of his as is the number, double of sacrificial stakes of wood in other sacrifices of the kind.  There were mountains of food and drink of the height of about two miles each.  Upon the

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