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Kamyaka forest is mentioned in "Mahabharata
" being situated at the head of the Thar Desert
, near the lake Trinavindu. Kamyaka is a wide-ranging forest on the banks of the Saraswati. It is the place where the Pandavas
retired, on the occasions of their second exile. The Kamyaka forest was situated on the western boundary of the Kuru Kingdom
, on the banks of the Saraswati River. It lay to the west of the Kurukshetra
plain. It contained within it a lake called the Kamyaka Lake.
Legend of Kamyaka Forest
The Pandavas on their way to exile in the woods; left Pramanakoti on the banks of the Ganges
and went towards Kurukshetra, travelling in a western direction, crossing the rivers Yamuna
and Drishadvati. They finally reached the banks of the Saraswati River. There they saw the forest of Kamyaka, the favourite haunt of ascetics, situated on a level and wild plain on the banks of the Saraswati abounding in birds and deer. There the Pandavas lived in an ascetic asylum. It took 3 days for Pandavas to reach the Kamyaka forest, setting out from Hastinapura
, on their chariots.
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