Indraprastha

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The city of Indraprastha (City of Indra) (, ) is the capital of the kingdom led by the Pandavas in the Mahabharata epic, located on the banks of the river Yamuna.

Construction of the city

Mahabharata contains a passage (Book1, chapter 209) referring to how the Pandavas made this city on the banks of Yamuna.

After the Pandavas became powerful due to their alliance with Panchala king Drupada, by obtaining as wife Drupada's daughter Draupadi, king Dhritarashtra of Hastinapura summoned them to his palace. King Dhritarashtra addressing Yudhishthira, said, ‘Listen, O son of Kunti, with thy brothers, to what I say. Repair ye to Khandavaprastha so that no difference may arise again (between you and my sons). If you take up your quarters there no one will be able to do you any injury. Protected by Partha (Arjuna), reside you at Khandavaprastha, taking half of the kingdom.’

Agreeing to what Dhritarashtra said, the Pandavas set out from Hastinapura. And content with half the kingdom, they removed to Khandavaprastha, which was in unreclaimed desert. Then the Pandavas, with Krishna at their head, arriving there, beautified the place and made it a second heaven. And those mighty car-warriors, selecting with Krishna Dwaipayana’s assistance a sacred and auspicious region, performed certain propitiatory ceremonies and measured out a piece of land for their city. Then surrounded by a trench wide as the sea and by walls reaching high up to the heavens and white as the fleecy clouds or...
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