Puranic encyclopaedia

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

This page describes the Story of Shrutayus 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 Śrutāyus

(ŚRUTĀYUDHA.) A Kaliṅga king.


Śrutāyus was son of Varuṇa by Parṇāśā (For more details see under Parṇāśā).

Other details.

(i) He was a member of Yudhiṣṭhira’s assembly. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 4, Verse 26).

(ii) Śrutāyus participated in Yudhiṣṭhira’s Rājasūya yajña and presented precious stones to him. (Mahābhārata Dākṣiṇātya Pāṭha, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 51).

(iii) He had attended Draupadī’s Svayaṃvara. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 185, Verse 13)

(iv) In Bhārata Yuddha, he joined the Kaurava camp and assumed command of an Akṣauhiṇī (a division of the army). (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 76, Verse 16).

(v) A fierce fight took place between Śrutāyus and Bhīmasena in the field of Kurukṣetra. (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 54, Verse 67).

(vi) In the above battle, Satya and Satyadeva who were the supporters of Śrutāyus, were slain by Bhīmasena. (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 54, Verse 76).

(vii) Another battle was fought between Śrutāyus and Arjuna. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 92, Verse 36).

(viii) Śrutāyus was killed by his own cudgel. (Mahābhārata, Droṇa Parva, Chapter 92, Verse 54). (See also under Śrutāyudha).

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