Question – 55
What were the nimitta-s seen in Hastinapura when Krishna was travelling from Upaplavya to Hastinapura?
It is said in the Mahabharata that unpleasant nimitta-s were seen all over the country of the Kuru-s. They are listed down:
· Fires blazed up everywhere.
· The earth trembled repeatedly.
· The very directions seemed to be reversed and nothing could be distinguished.
· The contents of wells and water-vessels by hundreds swelled up and ran out.
· The whole universe was enveloped in darkness.
· The atmosphere being filled with dust, neither the cardinal nor the subsidiary points of the horizon could be ascertained.
· Loud roars were heard in the sky without any being visible from whom these could emanate. This phenomenon was noticed all over the country.
· The seven large rivers including the Sindhu (Indus) though flowing eastwards then flowed in opposite direction.
(Pratyag ūhur mahānadyaḥ prāṅmukhāḥ sindhusattamāḥ
vipārītā diśaḥ sarvā na prājñāyata kiṃ cana - MB: 5.82.6)
· A south-westerly wind, with the harsh rattle of the thunder, uprooting trees by the thousands, crushed the city of Hastinapura.
(prāmathnād dhāstina puraṃ vāto dakṣiṇapaścimaḥ
ārujan gaṇaśo vṛkṣān paruṣo bhīmanisvanaḥ - MB: 5.82.10