by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222
This page describes the Story of Vasuman 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’).
(vasumanas) A King of the dynasty of Ikṣvāku.
Descended from Viṣṇu in the following order. Brahmā-Marīci-Kaśyapa-Vivasvān-Vaivasvata Manu-Ikṣvāku-Vikukṣi-Śaśāda-Kakutstha (Purañjaya)Anenas-Pṛthulāśva-Viṣvagaśva-Prasenajit-Yuvanāśva-Māndhātā-Purukutsa-Trasadasyu-Anaraṇya-Haryaśva-Vasumanas.
(i) Once Yayāti who fell from heaven on the earth met with Vasumanas. Because of the merit of mingling with good people Yayāti attained heaven again. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 86, Stanza 56).
(ii) Vasumanas entered heaven along with Kings like Aṣṭaka and others. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 93, Stanza 16).
(iv) He went on pilgrimages and earned fame and wealth. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva Chapter 94, Stanza 17).
(v) He was present at the horse-sacrifice of Aṣṭaka the son of Viśvāmitra. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 198, Stanza 1).
(vi) He once got into the aerial chariot of Indra and came and stood over the city of Virāṭa and witnessed the battle between Arjuna and the teacher Kṛpa. (Mahābhārata Virāṭa Parva, Chapter 56, Stanza 9).
(viii) Vasumanas became famous under the name Dānapati (lord of donations) because he had given Yayāti, the fruits of his good deeds. (Mahābhārata Udyoga Parva, Chapter 122, Stanza 9).