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    ज्ञातिदासी यतो जाता कैकेय्या तु सहोषिता | प्रासादं चन्द्रसङ्काशमारुरोह यदृच्छया || २-७-१

    The family maid (Manthara) of Kaikeyi who had been living with her since her (Kaikeyi's) birth casually ascended the palace gleaming white like the Moon. [2-7-1]

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    सिक्तराजपथां कृत्स्नां प्रकीर्णकुसुमोत्कराम् | अयोध्यां मन्थरा तस्मात्प्रासादादन्ववैक्षत || २-७-२

    Manthara beheld from that palace the whole of Ayodhya with its highways sprinkled with water and strewn with a lot of flowers. [2-7-2]

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    पताकाभिर्वरार्हाभिर्ध्वजैश्च समलङ्कृताम् | वृतां चंदपथैश्चापि शिरःस्नातजनैर्वृताम् || २-७-३

    The city of Ayodhya was decorated with costly banners and pennants. The labyrinthine roads were crowded with people who had (finished) their headbath and were wandering at will. [2-7-3]

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    माल्यमोदकहस्तैश्च द्विजेन्द्रैरभिनादिताम् | शुक्लदेवगृहद्वारां सर्ववादित्रनिस्वनाम्|| २-७-४

    The temples with their doors painted white and by the best of brahmins holding garlands and sweetmeats in their hands and with sounds of all kinds of musical instruments..... - [2-7-4]

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    संप्रहृष्टजनाकीर्णां ब्रह्मघोषाभिनादिताम् | प्रहृष्टवरहस्त्यश्वां संप्रणर्धितगोवृशाम् ||२-७-५

    - were reverberating with the chanting from the Vedas. The city was filled with spirited horses and elephants. The bulls were bellowing and the cows were lowing. [2-7-5]