Indraprastham

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By M. A. Alwar


Indraprastham is a neutral form. It is derived as indrasya indrakīlasya prastham iva which means "Resembling the peak of Indrakīla mountain". It is the City built by king Yudhiṣṭhira which is presently famous as Delhi. We can also see the description of the city in Mahābhārat.[1] It has been mentioned in it that, "Then, those great warriors, having performed an expiatory rite in a sacred, auspicious place, built a city led by Dvaipāyana; a city decorated with trenches resembling the seas. That Indraprastha shone like the heaven, like a group of clouds penetrated and encapsulated by lightning."[2]


References

  1. Mahābhārat 1|208|281
  2. Indraprastha was the capital city built by the Paṇḍava-s, with the help of Maya, the architect of Demons, who was rescued by Arjuna during the burning of Khāṇḍavavana.
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu