Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 9 Chapter 17:1-18

Book 9: Chapter 17

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 9: Chapter 17: Verses 1-18
The posterity of Kings Ksatravrddha, Raji and others of the Lunar Dynasty

Sri Suka began again : Nahusa and Ksatravrddha, Raji, the valiant Rambha and Anena---these were the sons of Ayu, who was a son of Pururava. (Now,) hear of the posterity of Ksatravrddha, O king of kings! Kasya, Kusa and Grtsamada-these were the three sons of Suhotra, the son of Ksatravrddha. From (the loins of) Grtsamada sprang up Sunaka, whose son, the sage Saunaka, was the foremost of the students of Rgveda. Kasya's son was Kasi, whose son, Rastra, was the father of Dirghatama. (And) Dirghatama's son was Dhanvantari, the founder of Ayurveda (the science of medicine), and a part manifestation of Lord Vasudeva, who received a share in the sacrificial offerings and is capable of relieving bodily suffering merely on being thought of. His son was Ketuman, of whom was born Bhimaratha; and from (the loins of) the latter sprang up Divodasa. From Divodasa, followed Dyuman, also. remembered by the name of Pratardana. The same, Dyuman was called by the names of Satrujit, Vatsa and Rtadhwaja and was also referred to by the name of Kuvalayaswa. From him sprang up Alarka and others. None other than Alarka, 0 Pariksit, ruled over the earth for (a period of) sixty-six thousand years, remaining young throughout this period. From (the loins of) Alarka sprang up Santati, from whom followed Sunitha and from the latter, Suketana. Dharmaketu was the son of Suketana, of whom Satyaketu was born. Dhrstaketu was the son of Satyaketu, and from (the loins of) Dhrstaketu sprang up King Sukumara. Then came Vitihotra, whose son was Bharga; and of the latter was born King Bhargabhumi. [1] (All) these aforesaid kings in the line of Ksatravrddha were the descendants of Kai. Rambha's son was Rabhasa, whose son (again) was Gambhira and from him followed Akriya. Through his wife was sprung a line of Brahmanas; (now) listen to the posterity of Anena. From (the loins of) Anena sprang up Suddha, from whom followed Suci. Of him was born Trikakud, alias Dharmasarathi. Of him was born Santaraya, who had his object (in the shape of final beatitude) accomplished and was enlightened (too so that he did not beget any child). Raji had five hundred sons, who were (all) possessed of immense strength. Solicited by the gods, he slew the demons and restored (the kingdom of) heaven to Indra. Returning it to him (Raji) and clasping his feet, Indra placed himself in his hands, afraid as he was of Prahrada and other enemies. On the death of their father, the sons of Raji did not return to the great Indra, even though he asked for it, (the sovereignty of) heaven and (even) fully appropriated the sacrificial offerings. When oblations were being poured by the preceptor (the sage Brhaspati) into the sacred fire (according to the procedure laid down for the employment of spells for a malevolent purpose), Indra (the slayer of the demon Bala) slew (all) the sons of Raji, who had strayed from the path of virtue, and none (of them) was left alive. From (the loins of) Kusa, the grandson of Ksatravrddha, sprang up Prati; then came Sanjaya, whose son was Jaya. From Jaya followed Krta and of Krta, again, was born King Haryavana. Next came Sahadeva and from Sahadeva followed Nina; while Hina's son was Jayasena. Then came Sankrti and the latter's son. was Jaya, a great car-warrior devoted to the course of conduct of a Ksatriya. These are all the kings born in the line of Ksatravrddha; now hear of the line which originated from King Yayati (the son of Nahusa).

Thus ends the seventeenth discourse, forming part of an account of the lunar dynasty, in Book Nine of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


  1. Vide verse I of Discourse XV above.

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