Puranic encyclopaedia

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

This page describes the Story of Bhurishrava 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 Bhūriśravā



He was the son of Somada, a king of Kuruvaṃśa (Kuru dynasty).

Other details.

Bhūriśravas had two brothers named Bhūri and Śala. They were all present at the Svayaṃvara of Draupadī. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 185, Verse 14).

(3) He once described to Duryodhana, the heroic qualities of the Pāṇḍavas and advised him to maintain peaceful relations with them. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 199, Dākṣinātya Pāṭha).

(4) He took part in Yudhiṣṭhira’s Rājasūya yajña with his father and brothers. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 34, Verse 8).

(5) In the war between Kauravas and Pāṇḍavas, he arrived with an "Akṣauhiṇī" (A division of the army) in order to give help to Duryodhana. (Mahābhārata Udyoga Parva, Chapter 19, Verse 16).

(6) Bhīṣma once remarked that Bhūriśravas deserved to be counted among the Rathīs and Yūthapatis. (Udyoga Parva, Chapter 165, Verse 29).

(7) On the first day of the battle at Kurukṣetra Bhūriśravas fought a duel with Śaṃkha. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 45, Verse 35).

(8) He fought with Sātyaki (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 63, Verse 33).

(9) He killed the ten sons of Sātyaki. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 74, Verse 25).

(10) Defeated Dhṛṣṭaketu in battle. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 84, Verse 35).

(11) He fought a duel with Bhīmasena. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 11, Verse 44).

(12) A duel was fought with Śikhaṇḍī. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 43, Verse 45).

(13) Bhūriśravas fell down under the stroke of Sātyaki. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 142, Verse 59).

(14) Arjuna cut off the left arm of Bhūriśravas. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 141, Verse 72).

(15) Enraged by Arjuna’s action, Bhūriśravas squatted on the ground to attain Svarga (Heaven). (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 143, Verse 33).

(16) Sātyaki killed Bhūriśravas. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 143, Verse 54).

(17) After death Bhūriśravas became a Viśvadeva. (Svargārohaṇa Parva, Chapter 5, Verse 16).

(18) Some of the other names of Bhūriśravas given in Mahābhārata are:—Bhūridakṣiṇa, Śalāgraja, Kaurava, Kauraveya, Kauravya, Yūpaketana, Yūpaketu, Śārdūla, Kuruśreṣṭha, Kurūdvaha.

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