by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1897 | 293,872 words | ISBN-10: 8178542188 | ISBN-13: 9788178542188
This page is entitled “the story of satyavrata” and represents Chapter 12 of the first book (‘Adi Parva’) of the Harivamsa (English translation in Prose). The Harivamsha Purana narrates the lineage and life-story of Krishna (Hari). Although not officially mentioned in the list of Puranas, this book includes topics such as geology, creation theory, time (manvantaras), ancient historical legends and accounts of royal dynasties.
3. Nikumbhu’s son was Sanghatashva, well-versed in the art of warfare. O king, Sanghatashva had two sons Krishashva and Akrishashva.
5. Prasenajit got a wife by name Gauri ever devoted to her husband. Cursed by her husband she became a river by name Vahuda.
13. On account of his childishness, fickleness, lust, ignorance and joy he took as his wife the duly wedded spouse of another man.
14-15. Out of lust he stole away the daughter of another citizen. Pierced by the dart of iniquity and worked up with anger (therefore) the king Trayyaruna renounced him saying. "Go to rack and ruin." Forsaken by his sire he again and again said to him "Where shall I go?".
18. O child, thus forsaken by his father the heroic Satyavrata repaired to where the Candalas were living. His father too left for the forest.
20. Having made over the kingdom to his wives the great ascetic Visvamitra carried on hard penances near the sea.
21. Having tied a rope round the neck of his own begotten second son his wife sold him for a hundred coins for the maintenance of the remaining sons.
22. O descendant of Bharata, when he saw the ascetic’s son thus bound for sale the pious prince released him.
23. For encompassing Visvamitra’s pleasure and for his favour the mighty-armed Satyavrata maintained his sons.
Footnotes and references:
A low caste people, by living with whom the people are outcasted.
This refers to Indra the god of rain. He received this appellation by destroying a demon by name Paka.