by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222
This page describes the Story of Akrura included the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani that was translated into English in 1975. The Puranas have for centuries profoundly influenced Indian life and Culture and are defined by their characteristic features (panca-lakshana, literally, ‘the five characteristics of a Purana’).
Descended from Viṣṇu in the following order: Brahmā-Atri-Candra-Budha-Purūravas-Āyus-Nahuṣa-Yayāti-Yadu (Chapter XII of Agni Purāṇa). Descending from Yadu in order were Sahasrajit-Śatajit-Hehaya-Dharma-Kunti-Bhadrasena-Dhanaka-Kṛtavīrya Kārttavīryārjuna-Madhu-Vṛṣṇi (Chapter XXIII of Navama Skandha, Bhāgavata). The Vṛṣṇi dynasty begins and from Vṛṣṇi in order descended Yudhājit-Śini-Satyaka-Sātyaki-Jaya-Kuṇi-Anamitra-Pṛśni-Śvaphalka-Akrūra. (Chapter XXIV of Navama Skandha, Bhāgavata).
(4) Akrūra accompanied Kṛṣṇa with the dowry intended for Subhadrā. (Śloka 29, Chapter 220, Ādi Parva, Mahābhārata).
(7) Kaṃsa planning to kill Balabhadrarāma and Śrī Kṛṣṇa conducted a festival called Cāpapūjā (worship of the bow). It was Akrūra whom Kaṃsa sent to bring Balabhadra and Kṛṣṇa for the festival. Akrūra understood the plot, informed Kṛṣṇa about it and also advised Kṛṣṇa to kill Kaṃsa. (Daśama Skandha, Bhāgavata).
(8) Akrūra fought against Jarāsandha on the side of Kṛṣṇa. (Daśama Skandha).
(9) On another occasion Kṛṣṇa, Balabhadra and Uddhava sent Akrūra to Hastināpura to get tidings about Kuntī and the Pāṇḍavas. Akrūra met his sister Kuntī and talked to her for a long time and also met Dhṛtarāṣṭra and talked to him after which he returned to Dvārakā. (Daśama Skandha).
(10) Akrūra went to Hastināpura as a messenger from Śrī Kṛṣṇa. (Refer sub-para 3 of para 13 under Kṛṣṇa).
Syamantaka and Akrūra.
Refer para 2 under the word Kṛtavarmā.