by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222
This page describes the Story of Maitreya 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’).
A sage of great brilliance of ancient India.
Descending in order from Viṣṇu:—Brahmā—Atri—Candra—Budha—Purūravas—Āyus—Anenas—Pratikṣatra—Sṛñjaya—Jaya—Vijaya—Kṛti—Haryaśva—Sahadeva—Nadīna—Jayasena—Saṅkṛti—Kṣatradharmā—Sumagotra—Śala—Ārṣṭiṣena—Kośa—Dīrghatapas—Dhanvantari—Ketumān—Bhīmaratha—Divodāsa—Maitreya.
Somapa was born as the son of Maitreya.
(i) Once Maitreya went to Hastināpura and told Duryodhana that he should behave kindly to the Pāṇḍavas. Duryodhana who did not much relish the advice sat tapping on his thighs with his hands, not seriously attending to the sage. Maitreya was displeased at the discourtesy and cursed that Bhīma would one day break Duryodhana’s thighs. (See under Duryodhana).
(v) When Srī Kṛṣṇa died, the spiritualistic ideology of Dharmaputra became more dominant and he approached Vidura for Dharmopadeśa. Vidura sent him to Maitreya. Dharmaputra went to the Āśrama of Maitreya on the banks of the river Gaṅgā and after paying respects to him accepted Dharmopadeśa (Instruction in law, duty and morals) from him. (3rd Skandha, Bhāgavata).