Who Donated the Whole Earth
The following are well known to donate the
whole Earth to Braahman -
King Dileep of Ikshwaaku Vansh, great grandson of Raajaa Sagar, donated the Prithvi to
Braahman. [Mahabharata, Shaanti Parv, Sec 29]
The emperor Arjun (Sahstraarjun, or Sahasbaahu) also donated Earth to Braahman
in an Ashwamedh Yagya.
It is known that Parashuraam also gave this whole earth to Kashyap Jee. When Drone, after
his education, couldn't get any thing for his subsistence, he heard that Parashuraam Jee
was donating everything he had, so he went there in the expectation that he would get something
from him, but when he got there he found that he had already donated everything including
Harishchandra is well-known king who donated the whole Prithvi to Vishwaamitra.
(5) King Yudhishthir also gave the whole earth to Vyaas Jee
when he performed his Ashwamedh Yagya after the war.
[MBH, Ashwamedh, 89]
In Yadu lineage - He had five sons - Sahastrajit, Kroshtu, Neel, Anjik, and Raghu.
Then in Kroshtu's
lineage -> -> Shashbindu -> Ushanaa -> Shineyu - > Rukmkavach
Rukmkavach also donated the whole Prithvi to Braahman.
[Padm Puraan, 1/11,
There are two people famous for donations: Raajaa Bali
and Karn. Others are Raajaa Shibi, Raajaa Rantidev,
Maharshi Dadheechi, and Raajaa
(1) Raajaa Bali
He gave the whole Trilok to Vaaman Bhagvaan in donation and got Indra's status
in a coming Manvantar.
He gave his Kavach and Kundal (which he was born with and made him invincible)
to Indra who came to ask them in the form of a Braahman to save his own son Arjun.
(3) Raajaa Shibi
He gave his whole body to satisfy a falcon to save a pigeon. Then Dharm Raaj and
Indra gave Darshan to him.
(4) Raajaa Rantidev
He used to live on very minimum quantity of things. He never used to take money from
Royal treasure for his own purpose. Once he and his family had to go without food for
40 days, and when he got something to eat and he was about to eat it, that a dog came,
so Raajaa gave some to him out of it. When the dog went away, he again sat to eat food,
that a beggar came and he gave all his food to that beggar. Then Bhagvaan gave His Darshan
(5) Rishi Dadheechi
He was very strong. So when Vritraasur was getting strong, Indra had to beg for his
bones so that he could build a weapon out of them to kill Vritraasur. Dadheechi left
his mortal body by Yog method and gave his bones for the good of the world.
(6) Raajaa Harishchandra
He donated the whole Prithvi to Vishwaamitra and he himself served a Shoodra after
selling his wife and son Rohitaashwa to a wealthy man. Later when he wanted to kill
his wife for not paying the fee to burn the dead body of his own son, Dharm Raaj and
Indra appeared before him.
(7) A Braahman
There is one story more of a Braahman
7-Postwar, 23) who was subsisting on Unchchh with his wife, son and
daughter-in-law. Once there was a severe famine and the Braahman family
had to undergo very difficult situation. Once he got some barley, he
made Sattoo out of that barley. As the family sat to eat it, a guest
came there. The Braahman family welcomed him and one by one all the
family members gave him their share of food. They went to Heaven.
Who Went to Swarg With Their Physical Body?
Is it not surprising that people like to go to Swarg
with their mortal body, then who and who became successful by going there with their
The first and foremost well-known name is of Trishanku whom Vishwaamitra
tried to send there with his physical body. At last he hung in between
Prithvi and Swarg and thus is known as Trishanku.
The second name is of Kuru from
Puraan, 3/3. Hastee, who inhabited Hastinaapur, had a son named Ajameedh,
his son was Rakshpaal, Rakshpaal's son was Sushamyarn and Sushamyarn's
son was Kuru. He also went to Swarg with his physical body.
The third name is mentioned in
Puraan, 3/4. Among the Mlechchh, Hanook was such a person
who went to Swarg with his physical body.
The fourth name is of Yudhishthir. He also went to Swarg with his physical body.
Kings Who Were Pushed Down From Swarg Lok
The following kings attained Swarg on
their merits, but fell from there because of their ill behavior.
(1) Raajaa Yayaati
He had to fall from Swarg because of his pride. He went to Swarg because of his good
Karm. Once when he was sitting in Swarg with Indra, Indra asked him "Who is the
best man on the earth." Yayaati replied with simplicity "It is I." Indra
immediately said - "There is no place for a proud man here in Swarg, so fall down
on Earth." And he pushed him down. Although later he again regained his position
on the basis of Punya received from his wife and sons.
[Mahaabhaarat says he
regained his position on the basis of Punya received from his daughter Maadhavee and
her four sons]
(2) Raajaa Nahush
He had to fall down from Swarg because of misbehavior with Indraanee. Once Indra got
the sin of Brahm Hatyaa so he had to hide. There was nobody on the throne of Indra.
Raaja Nahush was found the most suitable candidate for it, so he was appointed as Indra.
As he became Indra he became very proud and desired to have Indraanee. To save herself
from him, she asked him to come to her palace in a palanquin carried by Rishi.
didn't mind that, he was very happy to hear that so he asked Rishi to carry his palanquin
to Indraanee's palace. As the Rishi had never done this work before, they were going slowly,
but Nahush was blind in happiness to reach Indraanee's palace soon, so he said to them "Sarp,
Sarp" which means "go fast, go fast". Rishi could not go fast so he again
said this to them and hit Agastya Muni with his foot. At this Agastya Muni gave him Shaap
"Go and become a big serpent (Sarp) yourself."
became a big serpent and fell down on Earth. On asking when he will be
released from this Yoni (species), Muni said - "When in the end of
Dwaapar Yug Paandav will be roaming around because of their exile, you
will meet one of them and you will be free then. One of them will answer
your questions too." So when Paandav were in their exile period Bheem
came across this serpent. When Yudhishthir came in search of him, he
found Bheem in the grip of this serpent. Then he answered his questions
and Nahush got freed from his serpent Yoni.
(3) Raajaa Trishanku
Raajaa Satyavrat did not attain the Swarg but desired to go to Swarg Lok with
his mortal body. So he went to his Kul Guru Vashishth and expressed his desire.
Vashishth clearly refused to do this saying that it was impossible. Then he went
to his sons, but they also refused to do this saying "When our father
couldn't do it, we also cannot do this."
around in search of somebody who could send him to Swarg with his mortal body he came
across with Vishwaamitra who, at time, was in the process to become a Maharshi to lower
down Vashishth. As he heard king's request, he agreed thinking that in this way he will
prove himself superior to Vashishth.
did a Yagya and the king started rising up to Swarg. When Indra saw him coming to Swarg,
he was very surprised. He pushed him down to Earth, but Vishwaamitra kept him rising.
Indra was pushing him down, and Vishwaamitra was pushing him up. This was the question
of his powers. But at last neither Indra allowed him to enter Swarg, nor Vishwaamitra
got ready to take him back. So he is still hanging in sky. That is why he got the name
There have been many Chakravartee kings
in Bhaarat Varsh. Chakravartee means who alone is the ruler of a whole
piece of a land.
(1) Raajaa Chitraketu
He was the Chakravartee King of Shoorsen Desh. He had 10 million (1 Crore) queens but
no child from anyone.
(2) Raajaa Ambareesh
He was the descendent of Swaayambhuv Manu > Nabhag > Naabhaag > Ambareesh. He
ruled all the seven Dweep Prithvi. He was such a devotee of Bhagavaan that His Chakra
used to guard him and even Brahm Astra could not affect him.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/2]
(3) Raajaa Maandhaataa
Maandhataa was born in Ikshwaaku Vansh. Ikshwwaku >> Ambareesh > Kakutsth >>
Senjit > Yuvanashwa > Maandhaataa. He ruled 7-Dweep Prithvi alone.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/3]
(4) Raajaa Sagar
Sagar was in the lineage of Maandhaataa >> Trishanku > Harishchandra >>
Sagar. He was also a Chakravartee Samraat.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/4]
(5) Raajaa Khatwaang
He was born in Soorya Vansh. Ikshwaaku > Sagar >> Bhageerath >>
Saudaas (Kalmaashpaad) >> Vishwasaha > Khatwaang. He helped Devtaa to fight
with Asur. When Devtaa asked him to ask for a Var, he wanted to know his remaining age.
Devtaa said, "Two Ghadee time". Khatwaang immediately came to Earth from Swarg
Lok and with his Yog power got Parampad.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/5]
(6) Raajaa Yayaati
He was born in Ikshwaaku Vansh. He was Nahush's son. He also ruled 7-Dweep Prithvi alone.
[Bhagvat Puraan, 9/11]
(7) Raajaa Bharat
He was born in Yayaati's youngest son Pooru's Vansh. Yayaati > Puru > > Ileen >
Dushyant > Bharat. His mother's name was Shakuntalaa who was the daughter of Vishwaamitra
and Menakaa and was brought up by Maharshi Kanv.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/12]
(8) Raajaa Suhotra (Bharat > Bhumanyu > Suhotra)
He was the great grandson of Dushyant and he performed many Raajsooya and Ashwamed
Yagya and ruled over the whole Prithvi.
Arjun (Sahastraarjun, or Sahastrabaahu
or Sahasbaahu or Kaartveerya Arjun)
He was born in Haihaya Vansh. Chandramaa > Budh > Pururavaa > Aayu > Nahush
> Yayaati > Yadu >> Haihaya >> Kanak > Kritveerya >Arjun. He was
known as Kaartveerya Arjunalso because he was the son of Kritveerya. He was known as Sahstrabaahu
or Sahasbaahu also because he had got 1,000 arms in a Var from Dattaatreya Jee.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/14]
(10) Raajaa Shashbindu
He was in Yadu's lineage. Yadu > Kroshtu > Vrijinvaan > Shwaahi > Rusheku
> Chitrarath > Shashbindu. He had all the 14 gems with him. He was a Chakravartee
king and was invincible in war. He had 10,000 wives and his each wife had 100,000
children - totaling one billion children.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/14]
(11) Raajaa Vikramaaditya
He was a king in Kali Yug. He was also a Chakravartee king. In the end he attained Swarg
Lok. Indian year "Vikram Samvat" is in use on his name.
[Bhavishya Puraan, 3/9]
Raajaa Raaji was a Chakravartee king. He
won the whole Prithvi, defeated all Asur
and gave Swarg back to Indra.
Which Women Took Vows From Their Men Before They Married Them?
There are two women known for this,
both came to live on Prithvi because of Shaap. Urvashee had the Shaap of Mitraavarun,
and Gangaa had the Shaap of her father Brahmaa Jee:
Urvashee took vows from Pururavaa (Budh's son from Ilaa or Il) before
getting married to him. She said - "First, there are two rams,
they are like my sons, never send them away from my bed. Second, I
should never see you naked in the night. Third, I will eat only Ghee
(purified butter)." Pururavaa agreed for them and she got married
[Vishnu Puraan, 4/6]
Gangaa took the vow from Shaantanu, "You will not ask any question
from me whatever I do. If you will do, I will leave you immediately after
answering your first question." Shaantanu was so much attracted to her
that he agreed for her vow and lost seven sons for the same reason.
Satyavatee (Matsyagandhaa) took the vow from Paraashar that she should
regain her virginity after having the son.
Next time when she married to Shaantanu, although she did not take this
vow herself, but she was married to him on the condition that only her
children will rule the Hastinaapur kingdom.
(4) King Rukmaangad
This story comes in Naarad Puraan in reference to Ekaadashee fast. This King
was so much devotee of Vishnu that he regularly kept fast of Ekaadashee, and
he forced his public also to observe this. This observance of fast resulted
in that nobody was going to Narak, and both Yam Raaj and Chitragupt were soon
out of job. They went to Brahmaa Jee and do something about it. Brahmaa Jee
created a woman and sent her to him to break his vow. She also took vow from
him that "whatever I will tell, you will have to do it." Since the
king was love-stricken, he agreed to her condition. Then later he had to suffer
a lot because of his this action.
Uttar Khand, p 580-639]
This story comes in Padm Puraan in reference to serving parents. When Naarad
Jee praised Yayaati, Indra got worried and he thought to invite him to Swarg,
so he sent a messenger with his Saarathee Maatali, but he failed to carry out
Indra's orders. So Indra sent Kaam Dev to do this job. Seeing appropriate
opportunity he and old age entered Yayaati's body. Because of this Yayaati
attracted to a woman named Ashrubindumatee, Kaam Dev's daughter, and married
her on the condition that "first you become young; second, whatever I will
tell you, you will do the same; and third, you will not have any relation with
your previous wives." Agreeing with this condition Yayaati also got into
a trap. Indra succeeded in his mission.
[Padm Puraan, Bhoomi
Khand, p 286-310]
Maadhavee was Yayaati's daughter. Yayaati gave her to Gaalav Muni in place of
not being able to give him 200 white horses with one black ear. The Gaalav Muni
traded her to three Kings or Princes for 200 white horses with one black ear. He
gave her that she will give them one son and after they would have one son from
her, he would come and take her. In exchange of her trading, he promised her to
regain her virginity after every, so called marriage.
Famous Love Stories
There are three very famous love stories in Indian mythology
(more love stories) :-
Both heard about one another from swans. They fell in love and got married.
Once Dushyant came on hunting trip. He got thirsty, so he came to Kanv Muni's Aashram to
ask for drinking water. There both saw each other and fell in love. Dushyant came several times
there and they got married according to Gandharv Vivaah. Dushyant returned to his kingdom promising
her to call her later and gave her his ring in case he did not remember her. After that Dushyant
forgot her. But unfortunately, Shakuntalaa was pregnant, she gave birth to a son and when she went
to Dushyant with that ring, he refused to recognize her. He did ask her to show some sign, but she
could not produce it because she lost it on her way to palace. Later he saw a child counting the
teeth of a lion, and he recollected the incident and accepted Shakuntalaa.
Ushaa, Bali's granddaughter and Baanaasur's daughter, saw Aniruddh in her
dreams and started loving him. When she told this to her friend Chitralekhaa,
Baanaasur's minister's daughter, first she could not know how to search that
dream man. hen she drew many sketches and found out that he was Aniruddh.
Then she brought him to Ushaa's palace while he was sleeping. Later they got
Achievements of Various Kings
Read some achievement of many kings on this page. [Mahaabhaarat, Shaanti Parv, Sec 29]