[box_info]Power to thrash Anti National Element by Great Mahameghabahana.. by Swagatika Pati[/box_info]
As per Mahabharata, Book 2, Chapter 21
Lord Krudhna , Arjuna and Bhima taking the route to Reach Magadha Kingdom through Eastern Kosala to Kill Magadha King Jarasandha, Who invited Kaal Yavana to Kill Lord Krishna.
Passing through Kuru-jangala and Passing over the hills of Kalakuta, they then went on crossing the Gandaki, the Sadanira (Karatoya), and the Sarkaravarta. They then crossed the delightful Sarayu and saw the country of Eastern Kosala. Passing over that country they went to Mithila and then crossing the Mala and Charamanvati the three heroes crossed the River Gangas and the River Sone and went on towards the east. At last those heroes of un faded glory arrived at Magadha in the heart of (the country of) Kushamva. Reaching then the hills of Goratha, they saw the city of MAGADHA………..
The hills of Goratha was the south-western part of a mountain range that spanned in south-west to north-east direction. It lied 45 km to the north-east of Gaya. It had several peaks. These mountain ranges surrounded the capital of Magadha, viz. Girivraja like a natural fortress. Hence it was difficult for any army to sack this city. It was impossible of any army to defeat Jarasandha by attacking his capital city. The name Go-ratha (Go:-cow, bull; ratha:-chariot, cart) means a cart-pulled by bulls or a bullock-cart. Probably the supply wagons (bullock-carts) that went to the city for supplying goods to it passed beneath this hill. The trio ascended this hill to have a birds-eye view of the capital city of Magadha viz. Girivraja, which was surrounded by the mountains.
Goratha hill is now called Bathani-ka-Pahad or Bathani hill. From a distance, it appears to have three peaks. It is around 9 km from the capital city viz. Girivraja. It lied to the north of Sandol hill………