Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 9 Chapter 21:15-36

Book 9: Chapter 21

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 9: Chapter 21: Verses 15-36
The posterity of Bharata and the story of Rantideva

The Lords of the three spheres (Brahma, Visnu and Siva), who bestow rewards on those who seek them, and who appeared (a short while ago) in (three) illusory forms (viz., those of a Brahmana, Sudra and a Candala) created by Lord Visnu (in order to test the fortitude of Rantideva), (now) revealed themselves (in their own form) in his (Rantideva's) presence Greeting them (all), Rantideva, who was (entirely) free from attachment and whose craving had altogether ceased, simply fixed his mind on Lord Vasudeva with (great) devotion (and did not ask anything of them). Maya (the Lord's deluding potency)-consisting of the three Gunas (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas)-dissolved like a dream into (its own source, viz.,) the Spirit, 0 king, in the case of Rantideva, who concentrated his mind on God and sought no other boon from Him (than Devotion to His feet). By virtue of their close association with him, all that followed in the footsteps of Rantideva became Yogis exclusively devotedto Lord Narayana. From (the loins of) Garga sprang up Sini, of whom was born Gargya. From him, indeed, even though he was a Ksatriya, started a line of Brahmanas. From Mahavirya appeared Duritaksaya, whose sons were Trayyaruni, Kavi and Puskararuni, who attained to Brahmanhood though born in a line of Ksatriyas. Brhatksatra's son was Hasti, by whom was built (the city of) Hastinapura. Hasti's sons were Ajamidha, Dwimidha and Purumidha. Priyamedha and other Brahmanas were the progeny of Ajamidha. From (the loins of) Ajamidha sprang up (another son) Brhadisu, whose son was Brhaddhanwa. Of the latter was born Brhatkaya, whose son was Jayadratha. His son was Visada, to whom was born in course of time Senajit, Ruciraswa, Drdhahanu, Kasya and Vatsa were the (four) sons of Senajit. Ruciraswa's son was Para, whose son (again) was (named) Prthusena. There was (another) son of Para, Nipa by name, who had no less than a hundred sons. Through Krtvi, the daughter of Suka Nipa begot (another son) Brahmadatta. The latter, (who was) a Yogi, begot through his wife Gau. (Saraswati), (a son named) Viswaksena. Inspired by the teachings of Jaigisavya, it is said, he produced a work on Yoga. From (the loins of) Viswaksena sprang up Udakswana and from him followed Bhallada. These are the descendants of Brhadisu. Dwimidha's son was Yavinara, whose son is remembered by the name of Krtiman. His son was Satyadhrti by name, whose son, Drdhanemi, begot Suparswa. From Suparswa followed Sumati, whose son was Sannatiman. From (the loins of) the latter appeared Krti, who having received instruction in Yoga from Hiranyanabha taught (separately) indeed the six Samhitas (or collections of sacred texts) known as Pracyasamas. His son to be sure was Nipa, from whom followed Ugrayudha. His son was Ksemya, of whom was born Suvira, whose son was Ripunjaya. From (the loins of) the latter appeared a son named Bahuratha. (Dwimidha's younger brother) Purumidha remained issueless. Ajamidha's son, through his (second) wife Nalini, was Nila, of whom was born a son, whom was (by His was Santi's son was Susanti, and Susantl s son was Puruja, of Bharmyaswa, who had five sons (viz.,) Mudgala, Yavinara, Brhadisu, Kampilya and Sanjaya. Bharmyaswa said, "These five sons of mine are competent enough to protect five lands." Hence, they were known as the Pancalas. From Mudgala sprang up a line of Brahmanas called the Maudgalyas. thread [1]. From (the loins of ) Mudgala, son of Bharmyaswa, appeared a pair (a son and a daughter), of whom the male was (named) Divodasa and the girl became known as Ahalya; of the latter through the sage Gautama (her husband) was born Satananda. His son, Satyadhrti, was an adept in archery. His son was Saradvan, so-called because his seed, it is said, fell at the sight of Urvasi on a clump of reeds (Saras). The seed (however) assumed the form of a blessed pair. Seeing that pair, King Santanu, who was wandering in pursuit of game, picked it up out of compassion. The boy came to be Krpa, (a teacher of the Kauravas) and the girl Krpi, who (later on) became Dronacarya's wife.

Thus ends the twenty-first discourse in Book Nine of the great and

glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.



  1. "Although Suka (the son of Vedavyasa) renounced hisleft for the solace of his disconsolate father with shadow the of h is, and remained a celibate ever afterwards, he is said to have known by the name of Chayasuka, who lived as a householder and begot children

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