Puranic encyclopaedia

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

This page describes the Story of Sumantu 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 Sumantu


A maharṣi, disciple of Vyāsa. Asita, Devala, Vaiśampāyana, Sumantu and Jaimini were the chief disciples of Vyāsa. (See under Guruparamparā and Bhārata).

Other information.

(i) Vyāsa taught him all the Vedas and the Mahābhārata. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 63, Verse 89).

(ii) He was a member in the court of Yudhiṣṭhira. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 4, Verse 11).

(iii) He was one of the munis who visited Bhīṣma on his bed of arrows. (Śānti Parva, Chapter 47, Verse 5).

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