by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222
This page describes the Story of Pratardana 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 King of the line of Pūru. Pratardana who was the son of the daughter of King Yayāti ruled the country after making Kāśī his capital. Pratardana’s mother was Mādhavī, Yayāti’s daughter, and father, Divodāsa. Pratardana once found on his way his grandfather, King Yayāti, who had fallen from Svarga. (See under Yayāti).
(ii) He once gave a gift of a netra (eye) to the brahmins. (Śloka 20, Chapter 224, Śānti Parva).
(iii) He slew the son of Vītahavya. (See under Vītahavya).
(iv) Pratardana courted death after appointing his sons for the service of brahmins. (Śloka 5, Chapter 137, Anuśāsana Parva).