The Garuda Purana

by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1908 | 245,256 words | ISBN-13: 9788183150736

The English translation of the Garuda Purana: contents include a creation theory, description of vratas (religious observances), sacred holidays, sacred places dedicated to the sun, but also prayers from the Tantrika ritual, addressed to the sun, to Shiva, and to Vishnu. The Garuda Purana also contains treatises on astrology, palmistry, and preci...

Chapter LVI - Enumeration of the names of princes of the continent of Plaksha, etc.

Hari said:—Medatithi, the king of the insular continent of Plaksha, had seven sons, viz., the eldest Shantabhava, Shishira, Sukhovaya, Nanda, Shiva, Kshemaka and Dhruva. These seven were the kings of the insular continent Plaksha.

Gomeda, Chandra, Narada, Dundubhi, Somaka, Sumana, and Shaila were the seven sons of Vibhraja. Anutapta, Sikhi, Vipasha, Tridiva, Krama, Amrita and Sukrita were the seven rivers. Vapushman was the king of the insular continent Shalmala. His sons were called Varshas. They were Sveta, Harita, Jimuta, Rohita, Vaidyuta, Manasa and Saprabha. Kumudary, Unnata, Drona, Mahisha, Valahaka, Krauncha and Kakudman, these seven were the mountains. The rivers were Yoni, Toa, Vitrishna, Chandra, Shukla and Vimochani; the seventh was Vidhrit; and they all afforded release from sins.

Jyotishman, the king of the insular continent Kusha, had seven sons. Hear their names. They were Udvida, Venuman, Dwairatha, Lamvana, Dhriti, Prabhakara and Kapila. The mountains were Vidruma, Hemashaila, Dyutiman, Pushpaman, Kusheshaya, Hari and the mount Mandara. The rivers were Dhutapapa, Shiva, Pavitra, Sammati Vidyudambha, Mahikasha. They were all destructive of all sins.

Dyutiman had seven high-souled sons in the insular continent of Krauncha. Kushala, Mandaga, Ushna, Pivara, Andhakaraka, Muni and Dundubhi; these seven were his sons, O Hara. The seven mountains, were Krauncha Vamana, the third Andhakaraka, Devamir(?), Mahasnaila(?), Dundubhi and Dundaikavan(?), Gauri, Kumudvatim Sandhya, Ratri, Manojava, Kyati and Pundariva—these seven were the boundary rivers.

The king of the insular continent of Shaka begat seven sons, viz., Jalava, Kumara, Sukumara, Mashivaka, Kusumoda, Samodarki and the seventh Mahadruma. Sukumari, Kumari, Nalini, Dhenuka, Ikshu, Venuka and Gabhasti were the seven rivers.

Shavala, the king of Pushkara, begat the great hero Dhataki. The two Varshas were situate on the mount Manosottara. It was a thousand Yojanas in height. Its summit was five hundred yojanas high and its extent an all sides, was the same. The insular continent of Pushakara is encircled on all sides by the ocean of sweet water. Before the sweet water is seen the country inhabited by people; the gold fields, shorn of all animals, constitute the half of the continent. The mountain is Lokaloka, one Ayuta of yojanas in extent. One part of this mountain is enshrouded with darkness and! the other part is free from it.

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