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HASTINAPURA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] The capital city of Kauravas, for which the great war of the Mahabharata was waged. It was founded by Hastin, son of the first Bharata, and hence, as some say, its name; but the Mahabharata and the Vishnu Purana call it the "elephant city," from hastin, and elephant. The ruins are traceable near an old bed of the Ganges, about 57 miles N.E. of Delhi, and local tradition has preserved the name. It is said to have been washed away by the Ganges.

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