Chapter 17: The Dynasties of the Sons of Purûravâ
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    Welcome, Guest · RSS 2018-11-20, 1:11 AM

    Chapter 17: The Dynasties of the Sons of Purûravâ

    (1-3) The son of Vyâsa said: 'From one son of Purûravâ named Âyu [see 9.15: 1], there were the powerful sons Nahusha, Kshatravriddha, Rajî, Râbha and Anenâ. Oh royal ruler, hear now about the dynasty of Kshatravriddha. From Kshatravriddha's son Suhotra there were three sons: Kâs'ya, Kus'a and Gritsamada. From Gritsamada there was S'unaka and from him S'aunaka appeared, a muni who excelled in the sacred [Rig Veda] verses. (4) Kâs'i the son of Kâs'ya begot Râshthra who on his turn  fathered Dîrghatama. From Dîrghatama there was Dhanvantari who was an incarnation of Vâsudeva, the Enjoyer of Sacrifices. He was the founder of Ayurvedic medicine. When one remembers him all disease can be overcome [see also 8.8]. (5) From his son Ketumân a son took birth named Bhîmaratha and from him there was Divodâsa whose son Dyumân was also known as Pratardana. (6) He was also known by the names S'atrujit, Vatsa, Ritadhvaja and Kuvalayâs'va. From him there were Alarka and other sons. (7) Oh King, no one but Alarka ruled the earth for sixty-six thousand years like a young man. (8) From Alarka's loins Santati was born, from him Sunîtha was born, his son was Niketana and Niketana's son was Dharmaketu who fathered Satyaketu. (9) Dhrishthaketu thereafter begot Sukumâra who ruled the entire planet. Vîtihotra was his son and Bharga who was born from him fathered a son named Bhârgabhûmi oh ruler of man.

    (10) I have thus described all descendants born in the dynasty of Kâs'i who belong to the line of Kshatravriddha. From [Kshatravriddha's brother] Râbha a son was born called Rabhasa. From him Gambhîra appeared and Akriya was his son. (11) The descendant who took birth from him was called Brahmavit. Now hear about the descendants of Anenâ. There was a son called S'uddha from whom S'uci was born who had a son called Citrakrit who was also known as Dharmasârathi. (12) From him S'ântaraja was born who performed all kinds of Vedic rituals. He was a self-realized soul [and the line ended with him]. From Rajî there were five-hundred sons who were most powerful. (13) Rajî who on the request of the godly ones killed the demons, returned the heavenly kingdom back to Indra, the king of heaven. But Indra, afraid of the enmity of Prahlâda and others, gave it back [to the demons] and clasped Rajî's feet in surrender. (14) When their father passed away the great Indra requested Rajî's sons to return the heavenly kingdom. They did not do that and gave him a share of the offerings. (15) The spiritual master [Brihaspati] offered oblations in the fire so that Indra could kill all of Rajî's sons who had fallen from the path of righteousness. None of them remained alive. (16) From Kus'a, Kshatravriddha's grandson, Prati was born. His son called Sañjaya had a son named Jaya who fathered the son Krita from whose loins next king Haryabala was born. (17) From Sahadeva, who was his son, Hîna was born. His son Jayasena fathered Sankriti. Sankriti also had a son named Jaya who was a dutiful kshatriya and a mighty warrior. These were all the kings in the [Âyu] dynasty of Kshatravriddha, now hear from me about the descendants of Nahusha.'