The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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And they all said, ’No other sacrifice can come up to this one of Gaya.  The sacrificial altar of Gaya was thirty Yojanas in length, six and twenty Yojanas in width, and twenty Yojanas in height.  And it was made entirely of gold, and overspread with pearls and diamonds and gems.  And he gave away this altar unto the Brahmanas, as also robes and ornaments.  And the munificent monarch also gave unto the Brahmanas other presents of the kind laid down (in the scriptures).  Upon the completion of that sacrifice five and twenty hills of food remained untouched, and many lakes and several beautifully flowing rivulets of juicy drinks, and many heaps, besides, of robes and ornaments.  And in consequence of the merit of that great sacrifice, Gaya came to be well-known in the three worlds.  And due to that sacrifice are the eternal Banian and the sacred Brahmasara.  When he died, O Srinjaya, who was superior to thee in respect of four cardinal virtues and who superior to thee, was, therefore, much superior to thy son, thou shouldst not, saying, ‘Oh, Swaitya, Oh, Swaitya,’ grieve for the latter who performed no sacrifice and made no sacrificial present.’”


“Narada said, ’Rantideva, the son of Srinjaya, we hear, fell a prey to death.  That high-souled king had two hundred thousand cooks to distribute excellent food, raw and cooked, like unto Amrita, unto the Brahmanas, by day and by night, who might come to his house as guests.[109] The king gave away unto the Brahmanas his wealth acquired by righteous means.  Having studied the Vedas, he subjugated his foes in fair fight.  Of rigid vows and always engaged in due performance of sacrifices, countless animals, desirous of going to heaven, used to come to him of their own accord.[110] So large was the number of animals sacrificed in the Agnihotra of that king that the secretions flowing from his kitchen from the heaps of skins deposited there caused a veritable river which from this circumstance, came to be called the Charmanwati.[111] He, incessantly gave away nishkas of bright gold unto the Brahmanas, ’I give thee nishkas.’  ‘I give thee nishkas,’ these were the words incessantly uttered by him.  ‘I give thee,’ ‘I give thee’ saying these words he gave away thousands of nishkas.  And once again, with soft words to the Brahmanas, he gave away nishkas.  Having given away, in course of a single day, one crore of such coins, he thought that he had given away very little.  And, therefore, he would give away more.  Who else is there that would be able to give what he gave?  The king gave away wealth, thinking, If I do not give wealth in the hands of Brahmanas, great and eternal grief, without doubt, will be mine.’  For a hundred years, every fortnight, he gave unto thousands of Brahmanas a golden bull into each, followed by a century of kine and eight hundred pieces of nishkas.  All the articles that were needed for his Agnihotra, and all that were

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