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There are several statements in Mahabharata that mentions the usage of torch, which provides light, mostly at night times.

Consider the following instances mentioning the usage of torch

Dhananjaya, that mighty car-warrior, walking before them, torch in hand, for showing the way and guarding them (against wild animals)........Then Dhananjaya, the son of Pandu, wielding a good shield and the torch he held in his hand, warded off all those arrows and addressing the Gandharva again .......

[Section 172, Chaitraratha Parva, Adi Parva, The Mahabharata]

Thus afflicted by him, O Bharata, the Pandava troops, at dead of night, broke and fled away like clouds dispersed by a tempest. Similarly, thy host also, mingled with the shafts of Ghatotkacha, fled away at dead of night, O king, in thousands, throwing down their torches.

[Section 174, Ghatotkacha-badha Parva, Drona Parva, The Mahabharata]

Do Mahabharata or any other scriptures throw light on the torch part during or before Mahabharata timings? What is the actual Sanskrit word used for torch?

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