The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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endued with great energy, rebuilt and fortified the city of Baranasi at the command of Indra.  The territories of Divodasa were full of Brahmanas and Kshatriyas, and abounded with Vaisyas and Sudras.  And they teemed with articles and provisions of every kind, and were adorned with shops and marts swelling with prosperity.  Those territories, O best of kings, stretched northwards from the banks of Ganga to the southern banks of Gomati, and resembled a second Amravati (the city of Indra).  The Haihayas once again, O Bharata, attacked that tiger among kings, as he ruled his kingdom.  The mighty king Divodasa endued with great splendour, issuing out of his capital, gave them battle.  The engagement between the two parties proved so fierce as to resemble the encounter in days of old between the deities and the Asuras.  King Divodasa fought the enemy for a thousand days at the end of which, having lost a number of followers and animals, he became exceedingly distressed.[250] King Divodasa, O monarch, having lost his army and seeing his treasury exhausted, left his capital and fled away.  Repairing to the delightful retreat of Bhardwaja endued with great wisdom the king, O chastiser of foes joining his hands in reverence, sought the Rishi’s protection.  Beholding King Divodasa before him, the eldest son of Vrihaspati, viz., Bharadwaja of excellent conduct, who was the monarch’s priest, said unto him, What is the reason of thy coming here?  Tell me everything, O king.  I shall do that which is agreeable to thee, without any scruple.’

“The king said, ’O holy one, the sons of Vitahavya have slain all the children and men of my house.  I only have escaped with life, totally discomfited by the foe.  I seek thy protection.  It behoveth thee, O holy one, to protect me with such affection as thou hast for a disciple.  Those princes of sinful deeds have slaughtered my whole race, leaving myself only alive.’

“Bhishma continued, ’Unto him who pleaded so piteously, Bharadwaja of great energy said, Do not fear!  Do not fear!  O son of Sudeva, let thy fears be dispelled.  I shall perform a sacrifice, O monarch, in order that thou mayst have a son through whom thou shalt be able to smite thousands upon thousands of Vitahavya’s party.  After this, the Rishi performed a sacrifice with the object of bestowing a son on Divodasa.  As the result thereof, unto Divodasa was born a son named Pratarddana.  Immediately on his birth he grew up like a boy of full three and ten years and quickly mastered the entire Vedas and the whole of arms.  Aided by his Yoga powers, Bharadwaja of great intelligence had entered into the prince.  Indeed, collecting all the energy that occurs in the object of the universe, Bharadwaja put them together in the body of prince Pratarddana.  Put on shining mail on his person and armed with the bow, Pratarddana, his praises sung by bards and the celestial Rishis, shone resplendent like the risen star of day.  Mounted on his car and with the scimitar

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