by G.V. Tagare | 1958 | 319,243 words | ISBN-10: 8120838246 | ISBN-13: 9788120838246
This page describes the description of nimi dynasty (vamsha) which is Chapter 64 of the English translation of the Brahmanda Purana: one of the oldest puranas including common Puranic elements such as cosmogony, genealogy, ethics, geography and yoga. Traditionally, the Brahmandapurana is said to consist of 12,000 verses metrical Sanskrit verses.
Note: This chapter corresponds to chapter 89 of Vā.P.
1-2. Understand (the details of) the line of Nimi who was the younger brother of Vikukṣi. He built a city well-known by the name Jayanta, comparable to the city of the Devas. (It was) near the hermitage of Gautama. It was in his family that there was born the excellent king Janaka.
3. Ikṣvāku of profound brilliance had a son named Nimi, a highly pious soul wḥc was saluted by all living beings and who became a great king.
4-5. On account of the curse of Vasiṣṭha, he became Videha (devoid of physical body). His son named Mithi was produced in the course of three Parvans. This king of great fame was born of Araṇi (the wood from which fire is kindled for sacrificial purpose) while it was being churned. He is well-known by the name Mithi. He became Janaka due to the act of Janana (procreation in such a way).
16-18. She was the chaste queen of Rāma. She was a lady of good holy rites and vow of self-restraint.
How was Sītā of great reputation raised up from the ground on being ploughed. What for did the king plough? Where was the field?
The site of the sacrificial fire in the horse-sacrifice of the noble-souled king was being ploughed energetically in accordance with the injunction. She rose up from it. The Prince of Mithilā named Bhānumān was the younger son of Sīradhvaja.
24. The line of the noble-souled scions of the family of Janaka came to a close with him. Thus the Maithilas have been recounted. Understand the line of Soma now.
Footnotes and references:
Modern Tirhut, also called Janakpur, in Darbhaṅgā Dist. Bihar.
Pargiter records Pratīndhaka for this (AIHT. p. 147)
It appears our text jumped twelve generations downwards and declared Svāgata as the son of Śakuni. AIHT, p. 144.
Pargiter records the name Śruta for Sutoya of our text.
Ṛta according to Pargiter—ibid.
Kṛtakṣaṇa in AIHT, p. 149.