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.
Languages MLLL-4993. Indian Epics. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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