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Mahabharata

Post by Sunanda on Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:22 am

From Mayesvara:

The original text in Mahabharata is not talking about Bharata-varsha. It is talking about Jambudwipa which is referred to as Sudarshan. This is obvious from the context of the question by Dhritarastra and the answer by answer.

"Dhritarashtra said,--'The names of rivers and mountains, O Sanjaya, as also of provinces, and all other things resting on the earth, and their dimensions, O thou that are acquainted with the measures of things of the earth in its entirety and the forests, O Sanjaya, recount to me in detail.'

..."'O son of Kuru's race, I will, however, describe to thee the island called Sudarsana. This island, O king, is circular and of the form of a wheel. It is covered with rivers and other pieces of water and with mountains looking like masses of clouds, and with cities and many delightful provinces. It is also full of trees furnished with flowers and fruits, and with crops of diverse kinds and other wealth. And it is surrounded on all sides with the salt ocean. As a person can see his own face in a mirror, even so is the island called Sudarsana seen in the lunar disc. Two of its parts seem to be a peepul tree, while two others look like a large hare. It is surrounded on all sides with an assemblage of every kind of deciduous plants. Besides these portions, the rest is all water. What remains I will describe to thee shortly. The rest I will speak of afterwards. Listen now to this that I describe in brief. "

Sanjaya then goes on to explain in detail the features of Jambudwipa in section VI of Bhisma Parva. It is quite clear he is talking about Jambudwipa:


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