Puranic encyclopaedia

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

This page describes the Story of Medhatithi 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 Medhātithi

A Rajarṣi of the Pūru dynasty.

Genealogy.

Pūru—Janamejaya Prācīnvān—Manasyu—Vītabhaya—Śuṇḍu—BahuvidhaSaṃyāti—Rahovādī—BhadrāśvaMatināra—Pratiratha—KaṇvaMedhātithi.

This Medhātithi got two sons named Duṣyanta and Pravīra. It was this Duṣyanta who married Śakuntalā. (Chapter 278, Agni Purāṇa).

Medhātithi was a celebrated sage of Bhārata. The maharṣi referred to in Śūkta 12, Anuvāka 4, Maṇḍala 1 of Ṛgveda is Medhātithi son of Kaṇva. Once Indra coming in the form of a goat drank the soma of Medhātithi and the latter called him 'goat' (Meṣa) and thenceforth Indra got the name Meṣa. (Sūkta 51, Anuvāka 10, Maṇḍala 1, Ṛgveda).

We get the following details about Medhātithi from the Mahābhārata.

(1) He was a King in the court of Indra.

(2) Medhātithi had a son named Kaṇvamuni who was popular on the east coast of Bhārata. (Śloka 23, Chapter 107, Śānti Parva).

(3) Medhātithi observed Vānaprastha and attained Svarga. (Śloka 7, Chapter 336, Śānti Parva).

(4) Medhātithi was considered to be a sage deserving worship and when he went to see Bhīṣma once Dharmaputra received him with respect and worshipped him. (Śloka 3, Chapter 26, Anuśāsana Parva).

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