Puranic encyclopaedia

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

This page describes the Story of Kuntibhoja 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 Kuntibhoja


A King of the Yadu dynasty; son of the sister of Śūrasena, who was the father of Vasudeva and grandfather of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. (For genealogy see under Śrī Kṛṣṇa). Kuntibhoja was also the foster-father of Kuntī, the daughter of Śūrasena. (See Para 1, under Kuntī 1).

Other information.

(i) Sahadeva, during his triumphal march over the southern kingdoms subjugated Kuntibhoja. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 31, Verse 16).

(ii) He participated in the Rājasūya Yajña of Yudhiṣṭhira. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 34, Verse 12).

(iii) The son of Kuntibhoja also became famous under the same name, and Purujit was the son of this Kuntibhoja. Both of them were uncles of the Pāṇḍavas. (Karṇa Parva, Chapter 6, Verse 22).

(iv) On the first day of the Kurukṣetra war Kuntibhoja and his sons fought with Vinda and Anuvinda. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 45, Verse 72),

(v) It was Kuntibhoja who occupied the netrasthāna (eye-position) of the Krauñcavyūha set up by Dhṛṣṭadyumna. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 50, Verse 47).

(vi) Kuntibhoja and Śatānīka occupied the Pādasthāna (foot position) of the Makaravyūha on the Pāṇḍava side. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 75, Verse 11).

(vii) He possessed a noble and high-bred horse. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 23, Verse 46).

(viii) In the great war he fought with Alambuṣa. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 16, Verse 183).

(ix) Ten of his children were killed by Aśvatthāmā. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 96, Verse 18).

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