Puranic encyclopaedia

by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222

This page describes the Story of Angaraja-vamsha 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’).

Story of Aṅgarāja-vaṃśa

(THE DYNASTY OF AṄGA KINGS). Descended from Viṣṇu in the following order: Brahmā-Atri-Candra-Budha-Purūravas-Āyus-Nahuṣa-Yayāti. Yadu, Turvasu, Druhyu and Anudruhyu were the four sons of Yayāti. The Aṅga dynasty starts from Turvasu, one of the four. The following are the descendants of Turvasu. Varga was the son of Turvasu, Gobhānu, the son of Varga, Traiśāni the son of Gobhānu, Karandhama, the son of Traiśāni, Marutta, the son of Karandhama, Duṣyanta, the son of Marutta, Varūtha, the son of Duṣyanta, Gāṇḍira the son of Varūtha, and Gāndāra the son of Gāṇḍira. The five powerful peoples, the Gāndhāras, the Colas, the Keralas, the Pāṇḍyas and the Kolas have descended from Gāndhāra.

Two sons, Druhyu and Babhrusetu were born to Gāndhāra. Babhrusetu begot Purovasu; Purovasu begot Gāndhārī. From Gāndhārī Gharma was born, from Gharma Ghṛta was born, from Ghṛta Viduṣa was born, and from Viduṣa Pracetas was born. Pracetas got a hundred children of whom the prominent were Anidra, Sabhānara, Cākṣuṣa and Parameṣu. To Sabhānara was born Kālānala and Sṛñjaya to Kālānala, Purañjaya to Sṛñjaya and Janamejaya to Purañjaya. Mahāsāla was the son of Janamejaya; Mahāmanas the son of Mahāsāla, and Uśinara the son of Mahāmanas. To Uśīnara were born Nṛga, Nara, Kṛmi, Suvrata and Śibi by his wives Nṛgā, Narā, Kṛmi, Daśā and Dṛṣadvatī respectively. To Śibi were born four sons called Pṛthudarbha, Vīraka, Kaikaya and Bhadraka. Four separate kingdoms arose in the names of them. Uśīnara had another son called Titikṣu. From Titikṣu was born Ruṣadratha; from Ruṣadratha was born Paila, from Paila was born Sutapas and from Sutapas was born the great hermit Bāli. From Bāli, Aṅga, Vaṅga, Kaliṅga, Puṇḍra, Bāleya and Bālayogi were born. To Aṅga was born Dadhivāhana. The King Draviratha was the son of Dadhivāhana, Dharmaratha the son of Draviratha, Citraratha the son of Dharmarātha, and Satyaratha was the son of Citraratha. To Satyaratha was born Lomapāda; to Lomapāda was born Caturaṅga; to Caturaṅga was born Pṛthulākṣa, to Pṛthulākṣa was born Campa; to Campa was born Haryaṅga, to Haryaṅga was born Bhadraratha, to Bhadraratha was born Bṛhatkarmā, to Bṛhatkarmā was born Bṛhadbhānu, to Bṛhadbhānu was born Bṛhadātmā, to Bṛhadātmā was born Jayadratha, to Jayadratha was born Bṛhadratha and to Bṛhadratha was born Viśvajit. After that Karṇa became the King of Aṅga. The son of Karṇa was Vṛṣasena and the son of Vṛsasena was Pṛthusena. These are the kings of the Aṅga dynasty. (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 277.)

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