Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 9 Chapter 23:23-39

Book 9: Chapter 23

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 9: Chapter 23: Verses 23-39
An account of the posterity of Anu, Druhyu Turvasu and Yadu

Durmada and Dhanaka were the (two) sons of Bhadrasena, the latter of whom was the father of Krtavirya. Krtagni, Krtavarma and Krtauja were the (other) sons of Dhanaka. Arjuna, the son of Krtavirya, became the ruler of (all) the seven divisions of the globe. He (further) attained from Lord Dattatreya, a part manifestation of Sri Hari, proficiency in Yoga (concentration of mind) as well as great achievements (in the form of the eight mystic powers). Surely, no (other) kings (lit, rulers of the earth) will attain to the level of Arjuna (the son of Krtavirya) in point of sacrificial performances, munificence, asceticism, Yogic power, learning, valour, victory and so on. Indeed for eighty-five thousand years he enjoyed the objects of the six senses, which could not be exhausted, his strength (of body, mind and senses too) remaining unimpaired and his very thought proving (for the people who remembered him) a security against loss of wealth. Of thousands of his sons, only five survived in battle (with Parasurama)--Jayadhwaja, SUrasena, Vrsabha, Madhu and Urjita. From (the loins of) Jayadhwaja (the eldest of Arjuna's sons) appeared Talajangha, of the were born a hundred sons. The race of Ksatriyas ~known ara (strengthened by the name of the whom again ha was exterminated by King Sagara (strengthened by the[1] glory of the sage Aura). The eldest of Talajangha's sons was Vitihotra, whose son was Madhu and. Madhu's son was called Vrsni. In fact he had a hundred sons, of whom Vrsni was the eldest. It was to these (viz., Yadu, Madhu and Vrsni) that the Yadava race owed its existence and (again) it was due to them that their descendants became known as the Yadavas, the Madhavas and the Vrsnis (as time went on), 0 king ! The son of Krostu, the (second) son of Yadu was Vrjinavan, of whom was born Swahi. From the latter indeed followed Ruseku, whose son was Citraratha and from the (loins of the) latter sprang up Sasabindu, a great mystic, who had extensive enjoyments and was exalted (in point of virtues). He was possessed of (all) the fourteen* varieties of excellent jewels, ruled over the entire globe and was invincible. Through his ten thousand wives that exceedingly renowned emperor begot a thousand million sons (a lakh through each). Of those (thousand million) sons, of whom six (viz., Prthusrava and others) were the foremost. The son of Prthusrava was Dharma by name, whose son was Usana, who performed a hundred horse-sacrifices. His son was Rucaka, who had five sons. (Please) hear of them. They bore the names of Purujit, Rukma, Rukmesu, Prthu and Jyamagha. Even though issueless, Jyamagha, the husband of Saibya, dared not take another woman to wife for (sheer) fear (of Saibya). On one occasion (however, having conquered his enemies) he brought as a booty from the enemy's house a princess of the Bhoja dynasty (called Bhojya).t Observing her seated in the (king's) chariot, Saibya indignantly spoke to her husband straight in the following words:- "O traitor, who is this girl made to occupy this chariot meant for me?" When the reply came, She is your daughter-in-law," she similingly rejoined, "I am a barren woman and have no co-wife either; how could there be a daughter-in-law to me?" The king replied, "She will prove a suitable match, O queen, for the boy whom you will bear."The Viswedevas as well as the manes (took pity on Jyamagha, who was shaking and perspiring too all over through fear of his wife, and) heartily approved of his words so that Queen Saibya conceived not long afterwards and gave birth to a handsome male child. He was called by the name of Vidarbha and married that chaste girl, who had already been accepted as a daughter-in-law (by his parents).

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

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

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  2. In the Makkandeya-Puran#, we find mention of the following fourteen varieties of jewels, viz., the elephant, horse, chariot, woman, arrow, treasury, a wreath of flowers, raiment, a tree, Sakti (a javelin), noose, gem, umbrella and an aerial car:-
  3. Among the Ksatriyas It has been customary to call a married woman in the house of her husband by thefamily name of her father.

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