Harivamsha Purana

by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1897 | 293,872 words | ISBN-10: 8178542188 | ISBN-13: 9788178542188

This page is entitled “krishna’s children” and represents Chapter 104 of the second book (‘Vishnu 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.

Chapter 104 - Krishna’s Children

1. Vaishampayana said:—O reverend Sir, of the many thousand wives of Krishna you have duly mentioned the names of eight. Do you now give an account of their children.

2. Vaishampayana said:—Eight queens of Krishna had been recognised as leading ones. They all gave birth to heroic sons. Listen to an account of the names of their children.

3-4. (Krishna’s principal wives were) Rukshmini, Satyabhama, Nagnajiti, Sudatta, Saivya, Lakshmana, Mitravinda, Kalindi, Jamvavati, Pauravi, Subhima, Madri and others. Amongst them, hear of the names of the sons of Rukshmini.

5-10. Rukshmini first gave birth to a son by name Pradyumna who killed Shamvara. Next she gave birth to the mighty car-warrior Carudeshna, the scion of the Vrishni race, and afterwards to Carucandra, Carugarbha, Sudangstra, Druma, Sushena, Carugupta, the powerful Caruvinda and the youngest Caruvahu. Besides she gave birth to a daughter by name Carumati. Garudadhvaja (Krishna) begat on Satyabhama, seven sons, namely, Bhanu, Bhimaratha, Kshupa, Rohita, Diptiman, Tamrajaksha, and Jalantaka and four daughters, namely Bhanu, Bhimarika, Tandrapaksha and Jalandhama. Jamvavati gave birth to a son, the ornament of the battle-field, by name Samva, as also to Mitravan, Mitravinda, Mitravahu and Sunitha and a daughter by name Mitravati. Hear now of the children of Nagnajiti.

11-20. She gave birth to two sons, Bhadrakara and Bhadravinda and a daughter, by name Bhadravati. Saivya gave birth to Sangramajit, Satyajit, Senajit, Shura and Sapatnijit. The princes Vrikashva, Vrikanirvitti, Vrikadipti and Subhima were Madri’s sons. O king, hear now of the children of Lakshmana. Gatravan, Gatragupta and the powerful Gatravinda were born with their youngest sister Gatravati. Kalindi gave birth to a pious son by name Asruta whom Madhusudana gave to Shrutasena. Having given that son away Hrishikesha delightedly said to his wife: "For long he will be the son of you both." Vrihati gave birth to Gada. Saivya gave birth to Angada, Kumada, Sveta and a daughter by the name of Sveta. Sudeva gave birth to five sons by name Avagaha, Sumitra, Suchi, Citraratha and Citrasena and a daughter by name Citravati. Besides Vanastambha, Stambha and Stambhavana were born to him as sons. Of them Vanasthambha begat Mitrasena and Stambhavati. Upasangha begat two sons, Vajrasu and Kshipra. Kaushiki, Sutasoma, and Youdhisthiri gave birth to Yudhisthira, the wonderful warrior Kapali and Garuda.

21-22. Thus the sons of Madhava numbered one lak and eighty thousand. They were all valiant and expert in fighting. O king, I have thus narrated the progeny of Janarddana.

23. O foremost of kings, Pradyumna begat on the Vidarbha princess a son by name Aniruddha. He had the emblem of a deer on his flag and no body could obstruct him in battle.

24-31. Baladeva begat on Revati two sons by name Nishatha and Ulmuka. Those two brothers were beautiful like gods. Shura’s son Vasudeva begat on his two wives Sutanu and Narachi two sons by name Poundra and Kapila. Of them Narachi gave birth to Kapila and Sutanu to Paundra. Of those two sons Poundra became the king and Kapila entered into woods. Vasudeva begat on Sudra the highly powerful hero Jara who was a great archer. Vasudeva begat on Kashi a quick-coursing son by name Suparshva. Aniruddha had two sons, Sanu and Vajra of whom the latter was the eldest. Vajra begat Pratiratha whose son was Sucharu. Amitra, the youngest son of Vrishni, begat Sini whose sons were Satyavak and the great car-warrior Satyaka. The heroic Yuyudhana was Satyaka’s son. Yuyudhana’s son was Asanga whose son was Tuni. Tuni’s son was Yugandhara. With him, O king, the family ends.

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