He next comes to the audience hall of the king. Behind it are the
apartments, of the Princesses or Kanyapuram.
We find this forming a part of the Antahpura and not outside it, as
is implied by bahih in Kautilyas description of the womens
This custom of assigning separate, quarters to princesses was
abolished by Vatsyayanas time; for although Vatsyayana gives details of the
construction of an Antahpura, he mentions no Kanyapuram. Here in Bhasa it is strictly
In Svapna-Vasavadatta Bhasa mentions many Antahpura. Udayana, the King
of the Vatsas, inquires of the Messenger who came from his father-in-law - My
mother-in-law, the chief among, the sixteen queens, is she well ?'
Special aspects of the life of young maidens in a royal family are
revealed in two places : one with reference to Princess Vasavadatta in the Ministers
Vow, another in Avimaraka. When Vasavadatta went to worship at tile shrine of the
holy Yakshini, she went with her nurse in an open palanquin.