The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa

The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
Sabha Parva

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The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa by Kisari Mohan Ganguli

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such a palatial hall within fourteen months, reported its completion unto Yudhishthira."

SECTION IV

Vaisampayana said,--"Then that chief of men, king Yudhishthira, entered that palatial sabha having first fed ten thousand Brahmanas with preparations of milk and rice mixed with clarified butter and honey with fruits and roots, and with pork and venison. The king gratified those superior Brahmanas, who had come from various countries with food seasoned with seasamum and prepared with vegetables called jibanti, with rice mixed with clarified butter, with different preparations of meat--with indeed various kinds of other food, as also numberless viands that are fit to be sucked and innumerable kinds of drinks, with new and unused robes and clothes, and with excellent floral wreaths. The king also gave unto each of those Brahmanas a thousand kine. And, O Bharata, the voice of the gratified Brahmanas uttering,--'What an auspicious day is this!' became so loud that it seemed to reach heaven itself. An