Puranic encyclopaedia

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

This page describes the Story of Yuvanashva 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 Yuvanāśva

A King of the Ikṣvāku dynasty.


From Viṣṇu were descended in the following order:—Brahmā-Marīci-Kaśyapa-Vivasvān-Vaivasvata Manu-Ikṣvāku-Vikukṣi-Śaśāda-Kakutstha (Purañjaya)-Anenas-Pṛthulāśva-Prasenajit-Yuvanāśva. This Yuvanāśva was the father of Māndhātā.

Other details.

(i) Yuvanāśva performed many Yāgas. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 126, Verse 5).

(ii) Once he drank water which had been subjected to special mantras (incantations) and as a result he became pregnant. Māndhātā was born by cutting open his belly. (For more details see under Māndhātā).

(iii) Yuvanāśva once received a wonderful sword from King Raivata. He presented that sword to King Raghu. (Mahābhārata Śānti Parva, Chapter 166, Verse 78).

(iv) In Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 115, Verse 61, it is stated that he had received "Parāvaratattva" (ability to know the highest and the lowest) because he had renounced meat-eating.

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