Historical Elements in the Matsya Purana

by Chaitali Kadia | 2021 | 91,183 words

This page relates ‘Lineages of Dharma’ of the study on the historical elements of the Matsya-purana: one of the eighteen Mahapuranas which are Sanskrit texts that have preserved the cultural heritage, philosophy, religion, geography, etc of ancient India. This Matsyapurana was originally written in 20,000 verses and deals with topics such as architecture, ancient history, polity, religion and philosophy.

Dharma gave birth eight powerful sons from the womb of Arundhati. The eight sons of Dharma were known as Vasu. They were–Dhara, Dhruva, Soma, Āpa, Anala, Anila, Pratyuṣa and Prabhāsa. Dhara’s son was Draviṇa and dhruva’s son was Kāla. Soma’s son was powerful Vareā and Āpa’s son was Śrīmān. Kumāra was the son of Anala. Anila’s son was Purojava and Pratyusa’s sonwas Devala. Viśvakarmā was the son of Prabhāsa.

Nāgavīthī etc. the nine children fulfilled the wishes of all. Lambā’s son Ghoṣa and Bhānu’s putra Bhānava (twelve Āditya) were called. They flourished among the planets, constellations and all other stars. All the Maruds were the sons of Marutvatī and the son of Sankalpā was called Sankalpa. Muhurtā’s son was Muhurta and Sādhyā’s sons wer Sādhyas. Mana, Manu, Prāṇa, Naroṣā, Noca, Vīryavān, Cittahārya, Ayana, Hansa, Nārāyaṇa, Vibhu and Prabhu were the Sādhya. Visvā’s sons were Viśvadeva. Kratu, Dakṣa, Vasu, Satya, Kālakāma, Muni, Kuraja, Manuja, Bīja and Rocamāna–these ten were Viśvadeva.[1]

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Matsya Purāṇa, Ch.–203 Chapter

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