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Who Inhabited Which City?
Bhaarat's many cities have been inhabited by many ancient people and kings. Let us see which city was inhabited by whom?

(1) Ashmak (Saudaas or Kalmaashpaad's son) inhabited Paudanya city.
[MBH, 3/7]

(2) Bhageerath founded Kosal Desh.

(3) Champ inhabited Champaa Puree
Harishchandra's son was Rohit, Rohit's son was Harit, and Harit's son was Champ.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/4]

(4)  Hastee inhabited Hastinaapur
Dushyant > Bharat > Bharadwaaj > Manyu > Brihatkshatra > Hastee.
[Bhaagvat Puran, 9/12]

(5) Krishn inhabited Dwaarakaa Puree, although He drowned it when He left this Lok.
[ Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u1]

(6) Madhu Raakshas inhabited Madhu Van - later Shatrughn inhabited it as Mathuraa Nagaree.

(7) Mithil (Janak) inhabited Mithilaa Puree
When Raajaa Nimi died of Vashishth's Shaap, and did not want to be alive in spite of Braahman's request to Devtaa, Braahman churned his body and produced a man who was named "Janak". He was called "Videh" because of being born not from a body, and "Mithil" because of being born by churning the body. This Mithil inhabited Mithilaa Puree.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/7]

(8) Raivat inhabited Kushsthalee city in sea
Raivat was in Manu Vansh. Manu > Sharyaati > Uttaanbarhi, Bhoorishen and Aanart > Raivat.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/2]

(9) Samvaran inhabited the city of Pratishthaan Pur
Inhabited by Samvaran in the area of 5 Yojan or 20 Kos. According to V-Raamaayan, 7/32/90, "Raajaa Il started ruling the kingdom by inhabiting a city named Pratishthaan Pur".

(10) Shaabast inhabited Shaabastee Nagar
Ikshwaaku > Vikukshi > Puranjaya > Anenaa >> Yuvanaashwa > Shaabast.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/3]

(11) Shatrughn inhabited Mathuraa Nagaree
After killing Madhu Raakshas' son Lavanaasur, Shatrughn inhabited Mathuraa Nagaree in Madhu Van.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/6]

(12) Vishaal inhabited Vaishaalee city.
Marutt's son was Dam, his son was Raajyavardhan, his son was Sudhriti, his son was Nar, his son was Kewal, his son was Bandhumaan, his son was Vegvaan, his son was Bandhu, and his son was Raajaa Trinbindu. Raajaa Trinbindu was a very qualitative man. Alambooshaa Apsaraa chose him as her husband and she gave birth to many sons and one daughter named Idvidaa. Muni Vishravaa learned the knowledge from his father Pulastya Jee and produced Kuber from Idvidaa. Trinbindu had three sons - Vishaal, Shoonyabindu and Dhoomraketu. Raajaa Vishaal inhabited a city named Vaishaalee.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/1]

(13) Saamb inhabited Saambpur
Saamb, Krishn's son, was cursed by Durvaasa Muni to be a leper. Later he got cured by worship of Soorya, so in honor of Soorya Dev he inhabited Saambpur on his name and built the first temple of Soorya there.
[Bhavishya Puraan, 1/14]

(14) Indrapaal inhabited Indraavatee Nagaree
Indrapaal was as Andhra king. He ruled for 50 years.
[Bhavishya Puraan, 3/18]

(15) Maalyavaan inhabited Maalyavatee Nagaree
Maalyavaan is the son of Indrapaal. He ruled for 50 years.
[Bhavishya Puraan, 3/18]

(16) Kaallivarmaa inhabited Kalikaataa Puree (Calcutta)
[Bhavishya Puraan, 3/19]

(17) The origin of present Mumbai?
In 1662, King Charles II of England married the Portuguese Princess Catherine of Braganza, and received the seven islands of Bom Baia as part of his dowry. Six years later, the British Crown leased the seven islands to the English East India Company for a sum of 10 pounds in gold per annum. It was under the English East India Company that the future metropolitan city began to take shape. After the war for independence, Bombay once again became a colony of the British Empire

Who and Who Did Not Have Rains in Their Kingdoms?

(1) Rompaad
The first name comes to our mind is the name of Raajaa Rompaad. Rompaad was in Yayaati Vansh (Yayaati > Anu > Subhaanar > Kaalnar > Srinjaya > Janamejaya >  Mahaasheel > Mahaamanaa > Titikshu >  Rushdrath > Hem > Sutapaa > Bali > Ang > Divirath > Dharmarath > Chitrarath). This Chitrarath became famous as Rompaad. His counselors told him to invite Rishyashring Rishi, because if he came into his kingdom, it would rain. So he sent some most beautiful courtesans to bring him in his kingdom. As soon as he stepped in his kingdom, it rained and as there was rain, the King understood that the Rishi had come in his kingdom.
[V-Raamaayan, 1/3]

(2) Shaantanu
The second name is of Raajaa Shaantanu. His counselors told him that since he had accepted the kingdom before his elder brother Devaapi, that is why it was not raining. he immediately went to his elder brother who was in the forest (because he did not want the kingdom), and returned his kingdom. His minister had already turned his mind against Ved, so Shaantanu got eligible to get the kingdom and he got rains in his kingdom.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/13]

Who Went to Swarg With His Mortal Body
In Hindu mythology there are a few people who went to Swarg with their mortal body, here are some ---

(1) Yudhishthir
The first name is of Yudhishthir. He went to Swarg in the last of his brothers and Draupadee. A Divine Vimaan came to take him to Swarg.

(2) Lakshman
Lakshman also went to his Lok with his mortal body - Indra took his body.

(3) Krishn
Krishn also went to His Lok with His mortal body.

(4) Vyaadh Jaraa
Vyaadh (Hunter) who shot his arrow at Krishn thinking Him an animal, Krishn sent him to Swarg with his mortal body.
[Vishnu Puraan, 5/14]

(5) Sant Tukaaraam
Sant Tukaaraam of Mahaaraashtra also went to Vaikunth in his mortal body.

(6) Satyavatee
Muni Richeek's wife Satyavatee also went to Swarg with her mortal body.
[V-Raamaayan, 1/34/8]

(7) Hanook
Adam and Havaa's descendant Virad's son was Hanook - who was a devotee of Vishnu. He did Havan of fruits and acquired Brahm Gyaan and he went to Swarg with his physical body. Although he followed all conduct of Dwij and worshipped Devtaa, still learned people called him
Mlechchh. Muni tell that, Vishnu Bhakti, Agni worship, Ahinsaa, Tapasyaa and controlling of Indriyaan are Dharm of Mlechchh.
[Bhavishya Puraan, 3/4]

Who and Who Had the Power of 10,000 Elephants?
In our scriptures, there are a few people who had 10,000 elephants' power and could be killed only by countable people, who were they?

(1) Bheem
The first name comes to our mind is of Bheem - the 2nd Paandav of five Paandav, the son of Vaayu Dev. he got this power from his mother's side (Naag Lok) when Duryodhan had drowned him in Gangaa after feeding him poisonous Kheer. He arrived in Naa Lok and they gave him this drink which filled him with 10,000 elephants' strength.
[ Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u14]

(2) Jaraasandh
The second name is of Jaraasandh who also had 10,000 elephants strength, and that is why only Bheem could be able to kill him.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u14]

(3) Keechak
The third name is of Keechak who also had 10,000 elephants' power. MBH says that only four people were mightier than Indra - Balaraam, Bheem, Shalya and Keechak himself. Since Balaraam and Shalya have not killed, that is why only Bheem might have killed him. It means Paandav are alive.
[MBH,  ]

(4) Dhritraashtra
When Vyaas Jee produced children from Vichitraveerya's widows, he produced Dhritraaashtra from Ambikaa and reported to Satyavatee that this son will have 10,000 elephants strength. Its proof may be seen after the war when Paandav come yo see Dhritraashtra, and Dhritraashtra embraces Bheem's iron statue and crushes it with his arms strength.
[ MBH, G-1-Beginning/5]

(5) Dwivid
He lived in both Yug - in Tretaa Yug with Raam and in Dwaapar Yug with Krishn and Balaraam. When Balaraam went to Brij, Dwivid started troubling Gopee, so Balaraam Jee killed him.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u12]

(6) Pradyumn
He was Bhagavaan Krishn's son from Rukminee. He was the Avataar of Kaam Dev. He also had the strength of 10,000 elephants. He killed Shambaraasur.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u27]

(7) Paurav
He also had the power of 10,000 elephants. He was killed by Arjun in MBH war.
[MBH,  ]

Who and Who Had Gold Pots in Their Yagya
There wee some kings who had all the pots of gold in their Yagya --

(1) Marutt
The first name is of King Marutt who had all his Yagya pots made of gold and he gave so much to Braahman that they could not carry everything with them, so they left them there only. Later Yudhishythir used that wealth for his Ashwamedh Yagya.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/1]

(2) Varun Dev
Varun Dev also had all his Yagya pots made of gold.
[ Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u15]

(3) Yudhishthir
Yudhishthir also had all the Yagya pots made of gold in his Raajsooya Yagya.
[ Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u15]

size="4">Some Strange Wishes and Boons
Many people, Raakshas etc have expressed many kind of strange wishes to Bhagavaan, and Bhagavaan has bestowed them boons, some of well-known strange wishes and boons are given here ---

(1) Hiranyakashyap
He asked this Var from Brahmaa Jee,
--I should not be killed by anybody created by you.
--neither I should be killed outside of my house nor inside of the house
--neither I should be killed in day time nor in night time
--neither I should be killed up in the sky, nor on Earth
--nor I should be killed by any weapon

So then how Vishnu killed him? As you know,
He took Narasinh Avataar to fulfill the first condition - He was not created by Brahmaa
killed him on the door, to fulfill the second condition
killed him in the evening, to fulfill his third condition
killed him keeping him on his knees, to fulfill his fourth condition, and
killed him with his nails (no weapon), to fulfill his fifth condition

(2) Raavan
He asked this Var from Brahmaa Jee, "I should not be killed by any Devtaa, Gandharv, Raakshas." He left human being and monkeys from his list as he considered them nothing in front of his might, that is why Vishnu had to incarnate as a human being and take the help of Vaanar and bears.

(3) Kumbhkarn
He got this boon from Brahmaa Jee. Since he was a great eater and troubled Rishi Muni too much, Brahmaa Jee got scared of his wish, so he asked Saraswatee Jee to help him. She immediately helped him, and he asked for a good sleep. When Raavan heard this he requested Brahmaa Jee to modify his Var to six months of sleep and then to get up only to eat then to sleep again.

(4) Taarakaasur
Taarak was the son of Vairaang (son of Kashyap and Diti) and Vairaangee. he was very ambitious. he wanted to win Devtaa, but since it was not easy, so he resolved to do Tap for Brahmaa Jee. he did it and when Brahmaa Jee got pleased, he asked or immortality. Brahmaa Jee refused for it as it was impossible and he might ask for another Var. At that time Shiv Jee was in Samaadhi, and none could disturb His Tap for His fury. So he could not marry, so there was no question of his son. And even if he had the son, he will be so small that he will not be able to harm him. So he asked that he should die only by the hands of the son of Shiv Jee when he is only seven days old. Brahmaa Jee said "So be it" and went away.

So then how he was killed? Satee who immolated herself took Avataar of Umaa in Himaalaya's house. Kaam Dev disturbed Shiv's Tap so that he could marry to Umaa. He succeeded in waking him up from his Samaadhi, but lost his life. After a long wait Shiv dropped his semen and Gangaa took it. When Gangaa could not bear its heat, Agni took it, and when Agni also could not bear it, he dropped it in the foothills of Himaalaya. There as born Shiv's son Kumaar, or Kaarttikeye, or Skand. When he was only six days old he killed Taarakaasur.

(5) Taarakaasur's Three Sons
Taarakaasur had three sons - Kamalaaksh, Taarakaakshya, and Vidyunmaalee. His all the sons performed severe Tap and asked Brahmaa Jee the boon that they should not be killed by anybody of the world. Brahmaa jee said - "It is not possible, you ask for any other boon." They said -- "Then allow us to live in three cities and rule the world. After 1,000 years we will come together and so our cities. Then whoever will be the foremost of all Devtaa will be the cause of our destruction." "So be it" and Brahmaa Jee went away.

Now Taarakaaksh had a son named Hari. He also did a great Tap and asked the Var Brahmaa Jee that there should be a lake in our city that when a person killed by weapon is thrown in that lake should come out alive and with double strength. Getting this Var from Brahmaa Jee, Hari created such a lake in his golden city to make dead persons alive with double the strength. This process revitalized Asur and they started afflicting the three worlds more and more.

Then who killed these three brothers and how? Brahmaa Jee told that only Shiv was able to kill them. Then Sthaanu took half of all Devtaa's energy and since that time he was known as Mahaadev. All Devtaa helped him to give something for his chariot, bow and arrow. As the three cities came together in one line, Shiv shot his arrow and all of the cities were destroyed.

(6) Vrikaasur
Vrikaasur was the son of Shakuni named Daitya. He asked Shiv Jee that "On whoever's head I put my hand, he should be dead immediately". The wish was strange but Shiv Jee said "So be it". Now he wished to have Paarvatee Jee so he first thought to kill Shiv Jee himself. How he was killed?

 Vrikaasur ran after Shiv Jee to kill him and Shiv Jee ran away. Vishnu came to rescue - He stopped Vrikaasur on the way and asked the reason of running so fast. Vrikaasur told Him the whole story from his Tapasyaa to his Var. Bhagavaan said - "I would not believe him, don't you know that he has become Pishaach after Daksh's Shaap? You are such a great man, still you believe on his words? If you think he is Jagat Guru, you can test it on yourself, otherwise kill that liar Shankar." Bhagavaan said all this on such sweet words that he lost his logic and he put his hand on his own head and died immediately.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u25]

(7) Shaalv
Shaalv who was the lover of Ambaa and a good friend of Shishupaal, vowed to kill all Yadu Vanshee people after he got defeated when Krishn abducted Rukminee. He then did Tap for Shiv Jee and asked the Var for a Vimaan which could not be broken by Devtaa, Raakshas, human beings, Gandharv, and Naag; could go anywhere and should prove unfortunate for Yadu Vanshee. Shankar Jee said "So be it." So with the permission of Shankar Jee Maya Daanav built an iron Vimaan named Saubh and gave it to Shaalv. It was almost a city. It was so dark that it was difficult to catch or see it. It was wish-driven. So as Shaalv got this Vimaan, he attacked Dwaarakaa Puree. That war continued for 27 days. Krishn killed him with His Chakra.
[Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u16]

(8) Jayadrath
When Paandav were in exile for 12 years, once Jayadrath harassed Draupadee and abducted her in the absence of Paandav. When Paandav came to know about it, Bheem and Arjun brought her back and Jayadrath was released only after shaving his head irregularly leaving five flocks of hair on it. This was great insult to Jayadrath, so he did Tap for Shiv Jee and asked the Var --
--"I should be able to check Paandav in the war."
Shiv Jee said - "You cannot check Arjun, but you will be able to check all other four Paandav only for one day."

This was the 14th day of the MBH war when Arjun was off the battlefield and Jayadrath was able to check the other four Paandav entering Chakra Vyooh organized by Drone. He became the catalyst to kill Arjun's son Abhimanyu.



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Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/04
Updated on 02/17/13