The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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The Brahmanas also divided amongst themselves, agreeably to Yudhishthira’s permission, the diverse ornaments of gold that were in the sacrificial compound, including the triumphal arches, the stakes, the jars, and diverse kinds of vessels.  After the Brahmanas had taken as much as they desired, the wealth that remained was taken away by Kshatriyas and Vaisyas and Sudras and diverse tribes of Mlechechas.  Thus gratified with presents by king Yudhishthira of great intelligence, the Brahmanas, filled with joy, returned to their respective abodes.  The holy and illustrious Vyasa respectfully presented his own share, which was very large, of that gold unto Kunti.  Receiving that gift of affection from her father-in-law, Pritha became glad of heart and devoted it to the accomplishment of diverge acts of merit.  King Yudhishthira, having bathed at the conclusion of his sacrifice and become cleansed of all his sins, shone in the midst of his brothers, honoured by all, like the chief of the celestials in the midst of the denizens of Heaven.  The sons of Pandu, surrounded by the assembled kings, looked as beautiful, O king, as the planets in the midst of the stars.  Unto those kings they made presents of various jewels and gems, and elephants and horses and ornaments of gold, and female slaves and cloths and large measures of gold.  Indeed, Pritha’s son by distributing that untold wealth among the invited monarchs, shone, O king, like Vaisravana, the lord of treasures.  Summoning next the heroic king Vabhruvahana, Yudhishthira gave unto him diverse kinds of wealth in profusion and gave him permission to return home.  The son of Pandu, for gratifying his sister Dussala, established her infant grandson in his paternal kingdom.  The Kuru king Yudhishthira, having a full control over his senses, then dismissed the assembled kings all of whom had been properly classed and honoured by him.[212] The illustrious son of Pandu, that chastiser of foes, then duly worshipped the high-souled Govinda and Valadeva of great might, and the thousands of other Vrishni heroes having Pradyumna for their first.  Assisted by his brothers, he then dismissed them for returning to Dwaraka.  Even thus was celebrated that sacrifice of king Yudhishthira the just, which was distinguished by a profuse abundance of food and wealth and jewels and gems, and oceans of wines of different kinds.  There were lakes whose mire consisted of ghee, and mountains of food.  There were also, O chief of Bharata’s race, miry rivers made of drinks having the six kinds of taste.  Of men employed in making and eating the sweetmeats called Khandavaragas, and of animals slain for food, there was no end.[213] The vast space abounded with men inebriated with wine, and with young ladies filled with joy.  The extensive grounds constantly echoed with the sounds of drums and the blare of conches.  With all these, the sacrifice became exceedingly delightful.  ’Let agreeable things be given away,’—­’Let agreeable food be eaten,’—­these were
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