(Last Updated on : 16/06/2014)
Dvaita Forest, also known as Dvaitavana, is an ancient forest which was located towards the south of Kamyaka
Forest and comprised a beautiful lake known as the Dwaita Lake surrounded with vivid blooms. The place had a delightful view and hosted diverse species of birds and other fauna. Vast variety of flora grew in the forest. Dvaita Forest was situated on the south-western outskirts of Kurujangala and spanned over the whole of the Kuru
Kingdom. It was bordered by the desert which was the northern extension of the Thar Desert
into the state of Haryana
. The forest was also spread along the bank of Saraswati River, which was known as Bhogavati there. On the bank, trees like Sami, Pilu, Karira, Inguda, Bel, Shirisha, Rudraksha
, Cane and other grew in abundance. Dvaita Forest also possesses mythological significance and it is said that Balarama
had visited Dvaita Lake during his pilgrimage along the Saraswati River. According to the Indian mythology
, Dvaita Forest was also inhabited by the Pandavas
of the Hindu epic Mahabharata
First Stay of Pandavas
During the initial period of the 12 years exile, the Pandavas arrived to the Dvaita Forest from the Kamyaka woods in order to avoid the visit of people from Kurujangala. After a few years they returned to the Kamyaka.
Second Stay of Pandavas
The Pandavas, after completing their pilgrimage and after the return of Arjuna
from the northern Himalayas
, once again reached Dvaita Forest. Subsequently Duryodhana
arrived in the forest to see the Pandavas who were suffering at Dwaita. He came to the forest with the pretence of the inspection of cattle-stations of the Kauravas
nearby and camped at a site located 4 miles away from the Dwaita Lake. However on reaching the Dwaita Lake, he was imprisoned by the Gandharvas
. He was later released by the intervention of the Pandavas.
Third Stay of Pandavas
The Pandavas once again moved to the Kamyaka Forest owing to the decline in the population of deer
in Dvaita Forest. During the twelfth year of their exile they returned to Dvaita for the third time. They afterwards left the forest for the Matsya Kingdom, also asking their followers to leave the forest. In the Matsya Kingdom they spend their last year of exile.