(Last Updated on : 05-01-2015)
Khandavaprastha is an Indian state
and is the mythical kingdom situated on the banks of Yamuna River
. This is a forest region and the Pandavas
settled and reigned here. The Mahabharata
states that the Pandavas received Khandavaprastha when Dhritarashtra
divided the kingdom between the Kauravas
and the Pandavas. Yudhisthir
was crowned King of Khandavaprastha.
Khandavaprastha was once a capital but was destroyed by a curse. No one could live here. Nothing could grow, not even animals could exist. Such a terrible wasteland was given to Yudhisthir as his share of the Kuru
Khandavaprastha was a great forest full of birds and beasts. It was home of the Nagas as well as the Rakshasas
. Khandavaprastha was not really a place that should belong to a royal family, it was a wasteland. This place was set fire by Krishna
. On this empty land the Pandavas built Indraprastha
, the capital city.
The Pandavas went to their new capital and looked at the desolate country spread out in front of them. Krishna gave the responsibility to convert the land into a living and a fertile beautiful place. From then on, it will be called Indraprastha, since life would be given to it. They built a palace and worked on the city. The people living there were very happy and satisfied.
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