by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222
This page describes the Story of Somadatta 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 Kuru dynasty.
(ii) Somadatta had participated in the royal consecration sacrifice of Yudhiṣṭhira. (Mahābhārata Chapter 34, Verse 8).
(iv) The defeat from Śini being unbearable, Somadatta did penance to get power to vanquish him and Śiva appeared before him. Somadatta made the following request:— "God! May I be granted a son who would be powerful enough to kick down the son of Śini in his palace." Śiva granted his wish. Bhūriśravas was the son born in conformity with this boon. He grew up and defeated the son of Śini and kicked him in the palace of the King. This story occurs in Mahābhārata, Droṇa Parva, Chapter 144.
(vi) In the battle which followed this, Sātyaki killed Somadatta. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 162, Verse 33).
(vii) It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Āśramavāsika Parva, Chapter 11, Verse 17, that Dhṛtarāṣṭra performed the sacrifice of giving offerings to the spirit of Somadatta.