by J. L. Shastri | 1970 | 616,585 words
This page relates “kings of the solar race (suryavamsha)” as found in the Shiva-purana, which, in Hinduism, represents one of the eighteen Mahapuranas. This work eulogizes Lord Shiva as the supreme deity, besides topics such as cosmology and philosophy. It is written in Sanskrit and claims to be a redaction of an original text consisting of 100,000 metrical verses.
1. How were the heroic sons of Sagara born? By what means did the sixty thousand of them become valorous?
2. Sagara had two wives. They had wiped off their sins by penance. When Aurva the sage was propitiated by them he granted them a boon.
3. One of them chose the boon of sixty thousand sons. The other chose one son who would maintain the line of succession in the race.
4. Having received the boon of heroic sons she gave birth to a big gourd of seeds which were separated.
5. They were put in jars of ghee and nurtured by nursing maidens. They became princes and enhanced the delight of all.
8. It was this Bhagīratha who brought Gaṅgā to the sea and made her his daughter.
13. Kalmāṣapāda’s son was Sarvakarman. Anaraṇya was the son of Sarvakarman.
15. Khaṭvāṅga returned from the heaven, lived for a Muhūrta and attained all the three worlds, O sinless one, through his intellect and truthfulness.
32. These are the kings of Ikṣvāku family who had gone before. Now listen to the future kings of this family, the most excellent of those who know sacred virtue.
37-41. Marudeva born of an auspicious star will be his son; his son will be Puṣkara; his son Antarikṣa; his son Sutapas; his son the heroic Mitrajit; his son Bṛhadbhāja and his son Barhināman; his son Kṛtañjaya; his son Raṇañjaya; his son Sañjaya; Sākya his son, Śuddhoda his son, Lāṅgala his son; his son Prasenajit; his son will be Śūdraka; Ruṇaka his son; Suratha his son and Sumitra his son. Thereafter the family becomes extinct.
42. The family of the Ikṣvākus will end with Sumitra, the family with kings of variegated exploits, sacred rites and virtuous practice.
43. Reaching upto Sumitra the king in the Kali age that auspicious race will become merged in outside families. It will flourish again in the Kṛta age.
44. These are the kings in the solar race (sūryavaṃśa) who made profuse monetary gifts. Those mainly mentioned belong to Ikṣvāku’s family.
46. Reading and listening to this creation of Vivasvat, man attains Sāyujya after enjoying happiness here. He will be blessed with progeny.
Footnotes and references:
Kalāpagrāma is in the eastern land on the Himalāyas, having hundreds and thousands of the hermitages of the sages. See Geo. of the Purāṇas P. 57.
The verse suggests the probable date of SP. in the reign ol King Marut, son of Agnivarṇa of the solar race.