Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 4 Chapter 1:1-15

Book 4: Chapter 1

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 4: Chapter 1: Verses 1-15
The Progeny of Swayambhuva Manus Daughters

Maitreya continued : (Besides his two sons, Priyavrata and Uttanapada) three daughters were also born to Swayambhuva Manu through Satarupa (his wife). They were severally known by the names of Akuti, Devahuti and Prasuti. With the concurrence of Satarupa he gave away Akuti to Ruci (one of the lords of created beings), treating her as a Putrika (a daughter married on the explicit understanding that her first male issue would be taken in adoption by her father), even though she (already) had (two) brothers. The worshipful Ruci, who was a lord of created beings and invested with the spiritual glory appropriate to a Brahmana, begot through her (Akuti) a pair-a male and a female child-after propitiating the Lord through his supreme concentration of mind (on the Lord). Of them, the male was no other than Lord Visnu, who takes the form of sacrifices, (and was also known by the name of Yajna). And the female was Daksina (representing the sacrificial fee), who was a part manifestation of Laksmi (the goddess of fortune) and hence inseparable from the Lord. Full of joy, Swayambhuva brought his daughter's son of boundless glory to his home (as stipulated), while Ruci accepted Daksina (as his own progeny). Lord Yajna, who is the Ruler of all sacrifices, married Daksina, who longed for Him and was (accordingly) much delighted (at her union with Him). The Lord (too) felt (highly) gratified and begot through her (as many as) twelve sons. These twelve sons were Tosa, Pratosa, Santosa, Bhadra, Santi, Idaspati, Idhma, Kavi, Vibhu, Swahna, Sudeva and Rocana. It was these (twelve sons of Lord Yajna) who held the office of gods in the Swayambhuva Manvantara and were collectively known as the Tusitas. Marici and others figured as the (seven) Rsis, while Lord Yajna Himself filled the place of lndra (the chief of the gods). Priyavrata and Uttanapada, who were possessed of great might, were the two sons of Manu. Their sons, grandsons and great grandsons as well as their progeny ruled for the whole length of that (Swayambhuva) Manvantara. As for Devahuti, his (next) daughter, Manu gave her to sage Kardama (another lord of created beings), O dear Vidura. Their story has already been heard by you from my mouth almost in full. And the worshipful Manu gave Prasuti (his third and youngest daughter) to Daksa (still another Ioid of created beings and) a mind-born son of Brahma, whose numberless descendants are spread all over the three worlds. Now hear as I tell you about the sons and grandsons of the nine daughters of the sage Kardama, who became the wives of (great) Brahmana sages (the mind-born sons of Brahma) and of whom I have already spoken. The daughter of Kardama named Kala, the wife of Marici, bore Kasyapa and Purnima, whose race filled the universe. Purnima (the younger brother), O Vidura (a chastiser of enemies), begot Viraja and Viswaga and Devakulya (a daughter) who (in her next incarnation) descended in the form of the heavenly stream (Ganga) from the waters washing the feet of Lord Visnu. Atri's wife, Anasuya, gave birth to three well-renowned sons, Datta (Lord Dattatreya), the sage Durvasa and the moon-god, who were severally born as (part) manifestations of Lord Visnu, Lord Siva and Brahma (the creator).



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