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You're right. Conducting an Aśvamedha simply to beget sons is both unnecessary and extravagant. As Robert P. Goldman says in the Introduction to his translation of Bālakāṇḍa, in all of the Aśvamedha yajñas from both the epics combined, no king besides Daśaratha has performed it for getting sons so it must be a late addition to the text: The saga of the ...

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