Let him make every effort to secure
a hill-fort, for amongst all those (fortresses mentioned) a hill-fort is
distinguished by many superior qualities.
72. The first three of those (various
kinds of fortresses) are inhabited by wild beasts, animals living in holes and
aquatic animals, the last three by monkeys, men, and gods respectively.
enemies do not hurt these (beings, when they are) sheltered by (their)
fortresses, even so foes (can) not injure a king who has taken refuge in his
One bowman, placed on a rampart, is a match in battle for one hundred
(foes), one hundred for ten thousand; hence it is prescribed (in the Sastras
that a king will posses) a fortress.
Let that (fort) be well supplied with
weapons, money, grain and beasts of burden, with Brahmanas, with artisans,
with engines, with fodder, and with water.
Let him cause to be built for
himself, in the centre of it, a spacious palace, (well) protected, habitable in
every season, resplendent (with whitewash), supplied with water and trees.
77. Inhabiting that, let him wed a consort of equal caste (varna), who possesses
auspicious marks (on her body), and is born in a great family, who is charming
and possesses beauty and excellent qualities.
Let him appoint a domestic
priest (purohita) and choose affiliating priests (ritvig); they shall perform his
domestic rites and the (sacrifices) for which three fires are required.
shall fire various (Srauta) sacrifices at which liberal fees (are distributed),
and in order to acquire merit, he shall give to Brahmanas enjoyments and wealth.
Let him cause the annual revenue in his kingdom to be collected by trusty (facials), let him obey the sacred law in (his transactions with) the people,
and behave like a father towards all men.