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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Ilila (इलिल).—A King of Pūruvaṃśa; father of King Duṣyanta. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 71). Rathantarī was Ilila’s wife. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 74). Some Purāṇas call Ilila by the name Īlina and Rathantarī as Rathaṃdarī also.

Matināra, the most righteous of Kings had four sons endowed with great prowess named Taṃsu, Mahān, Atiratha and Druhyu. Taṃsu was responsible for the growth of the Pūru dynasty. He conquered the whole of earth and won fame. Īlina was Taṃsu’s son. He also conquered the whole world, and he had five sons. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 94, Verses 14-18).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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