The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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prowess he performed a hundred Horse-sacrifices on the banks of the Yamuna, three hundred such sacrifices on the banks of Saraswati, and four hundred on the banks of the Ganga.  Having performed these sacrifices, he once more performed a thousand Horse-sacrifices and a hundred Rajasuyas, great sacrifices, in which his gifts also to the Brahmanas were very profuse.  Other sacrifices, again, such as the Agnishtoma, the Atiratra, the Uktha and the Viswajit, he performed together with thousands and thousands of Vajapeyas, and completed without any impediment.  The son of Sakuntala, having performed all these, gratified the Brahmanas with presents of wealth.  Possessed of great fame, Bharata then gave ten thousand billions of coins, made of the most pure gold, unto Kanwa (who had brought up his mother Sakuntala as his own daughter).  The gods with Indra at their head, accompanied by the Brahmanas, coming to his sacrifice, set up his sacrificial stake made entirely of gold, and measuring in width a hundred Vyamas.[114] And imperial Bharata, of noble soul, that victor over all foes, that monarch never conquered by any enemy, gave away unto the Brahmanas beautiful horses and elephants and cars, decked with gold, and beautiful gems of all kinds, and camels and goats and sheep, and slaves—­male and female—­and wealth, and grains and milch cows with calves, and villages and fields, and diverse kinds of robes, numbering by millions and millions.  When he died, O Srinjaya, who was superior to thee in respect of the 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, ’Vena’s son, king Prithu, O Srinjaya, we hear, fell a prey to death, In the Rajasuya sacrifice he performed, the great Rishis installed him as Emperor (of the world).  He vanquished all, and his achievements, became known (all over the world).  For this he came to be called Prithu (the celebrated).  And because he protected all people from wounds and injuries, for this he became a true Kshatriya.[115] Beholding Vena’s son, Prithu, all his subjects said, We are highly pleased with him.  In consequence of this affection that he enjoyed of his subjects he came to be called a Raja.[116] During the time of Prithu, the earth, without being cultivated, yielded crops in sufficiency.  All the kine, again, yielded milk whenever they were touched.  Every lotus was full of honey.  The Kusa blades were all of gold, agreeable to the touch, and otherwise delightful.  And the subjects of Prithu made clothes of these blades and the beds also on which they lay.  All the fruits were soft and sweet and like unto Amrita (in taste).  And these constituted the food of his subjects, none amongst whom had ever to starve.  And all men in Prithu’s time were hale and hearty.  And all their wishes

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