Puranic encyclopaedia

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

This page describes the Story of Anartta 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 Ānartta

Grandson of Vaivasvatamanu. He was a king, son of Śaryāti.


Descending in order from Viṣṇu-Brahmā-Marīci-Kaśyapa-Vivasvān-Vaivasvatamanu-Śaryāti-Ānartta.

Sixteen sons were born to Vaivasvatamanu: Manu, Yama, Yamī, Aśvinīkumāra, Revanta, Sudyumna, Ikṣvāku, Nṛga, Śaryāti, Diṣṭa, Dhṛṣṭa, Karūṣa, Nariṣyanta, Nābhāga, Pṛṣadhra and Kavi. Of these Śaryāti got two children, Sukanyā and Anartta. Sukanyā became the wife of Cyavana.

Other details.

It was this king who built the fortresses at the town of Kuśasthalī (Dvārakā). Varuṇa submerged in the ocean all the fortresses built by him and the place for some time remained as a forest-land. (Daśama Skandha, Bhāgavata Kilippāttu). It was after that that Śrī Kṛṣṇa made that land beautiful and called it Dvārakā. The country ruled over by Ānartta was called Ānarttam. During his regime there lived in his land a very great scholar named Vedaratha. (Umeśānavrata, Śiva Purāṇa) See under Vedaratha.

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