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Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.7.8
evaḿ varṣāyuta-sahasra-paryantāvasita-karma-nirvāṇāvasaro 'dhibhujyamānaḿ sva-tanayebhyo rikthaḿ pitṛ-paitāmahaḿ yathā-dāyaḿ vibhajya svayaḿ sakala-sampan-niketāt sva-niketāt pulahāśramaḿ pravavrāja
evam — thus being always engaged; varṣa-ayuta-sahasra — one thousand times ten thousand years; paryanta — until then; avasita-karma-nirvāṇa-avasaraḥ — Mahārāja Bharata who ascertained the moment of the end of his royal opulence; adhibhujyamānam — being enjoyed in this way for that duration; sva-tanayebhyaḥ — unto his own sons; riktham — the wealth; pitṛ-paitāmaham — which he received from his father and forefathers; yathā-dāyam — according to the dāya-bhāk laws of Manu; vibhajya — dividing; svayam — personally; sakala-sampat — of all kinds of opulence; niketāt — the abode; sva-niketāt — from his paternal home; pulaha-āśramam pravavrāja — he went to the āśrama of Pulaha in Hardwar (where the śālagrāma-śilās are obtainable).
Destiny fixed the time for Mahārāja Bharata's enjoyment of material opulence at one thousand times ten thousand years. When that period was finished, he retired from family life and divided the wealth he had received from his forefathers among his sons. He left his paternal home, the reservoir of all opulence, and started for Pulahāśrama, which is situated in Hardwar. The śālagrāma-śilās are obtainable there.
According to the law of dāya-bhāk, when one inherits an estate, he must hand it over to the next generation. Bharata Mahārāja did this properly. First he enjoyed his paternal property for one thousand times ten thousand years. At the time of his retirement, he divided this property among his sons and left for Pulaha-āśrama.
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