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IDVIDAA - Daughter of Trinbindu and Alambooshaa Apsaraa (in the lineage of Marutt)
Married to - Vishravaa
Children - 1 son - Kuber
--Kuber had 3 half-brothers - Raavan, Kumbhkarn and Vibheeshan; and 1 half sister - Shoorpanakhaa. All of them were the children of Kaikasee - Vishravaa's second wife.

IKSHWAAKU - King, Son of Vaivaswat Manu, Forefather of Soorya Vansh
Married to - nnn
Children - 214 sons (names are not known)
               100 sons [Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/3]
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/1] says he was born from Soorya and Sangyaa's Son Shraadh Dev's (Vaivaswat Manu) son. He had nine brothers more - Nrig, Disht, Sharyaati, Dhrisht, Karoosh, Narishyant, Prishaadhra, Nabhag, and Kavi. He had an elder brother Il also who later became Ilaa and married Budh (Chandramaa's son) and produced Pururavaa who was the founder of Chandra Vansh.
--He had 9 brothers - Il, Sharyaati, Dhrisht, Karoosh, Narishyant, Prishadhra, Naabhaag, Kushnaabh, and Arisht.
--The son of his eldest son was Kakutsth in whose lineage Raam was born.
--[Padm Puraan, 2/7 says that his wife's name was Sudevaa - the daughter of Kaashe's king Dev Raaj.
(Manu was the first man on earth, then from where this Kaashee's king came on earth? And whom did he marry so that he had a daughter?)


ILVAL - Daanav, Son of Viprachitti (Son of Kashyap and Diti) and Sinhikaa (Daughter of Kashyap and Danu), Grandson of Kashyap and Danu
Married to - nnn
Children - 1 son - Balval
--Had a brother named Vaataapi. Both were killed by Agastya Muni
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u17] His son Balval was killed by Balaraam Jee when he was on his Teerth Yaatraa (pilgrimage) at the time of Mahaabhaarat war.

INDRA - 1 of 12 Aaditya (Son of Aditi and Kashyap)
Married to - Shachee (Indraanee - Daughter of Pulomaa)
Children - 3 sons - Jayant, Rishabh and Meedhvaan
               1 daughter - Jayantee (Married to Bhagavaan Rishabh) [Bhaagvat Puraan, 5/1]
--His other names are Maghaavat, Purandar, Sakra, Shacheepati.
--He is the Devtaa of firmament, King of celestials and his Mantra is Lam. He is the Lord of Swarg (Swah) whose home is on Mount Meru, in the city of gems and gold built by Vishwakarmaa amid shady gardens of fragrant flowers and luscious fruits. It is inhabited by beautiful Apsaraa and resounding with songs and music.
--Once Indra deceived Hiranyakashyap's son Anuhlaad, so he abducted Shachee with the consent of her father Pulomaa. At this Indra got furious and killed Pulomaa, his father-in-law. That is how Indra got the name of "Pulomaajit'.
--Once Indra had Gautam Rishi's wife Ahalyaa by cheating on Muni so Muni gave him Shaap that since he did this action under the control of Kaam, he should have the marks of vagina all over his body. Indra got very ashamed this, so he did Tapasyaa for Shiv Jee who bestowed him the boon of converting these marks into thousand eyes. Thus he had thousand eyes and since that day had the name of "Sahstra-kshan", means one with the thousand eyes.
--He killed Jambhaasur, Mantharaa (daughter of Virochanee), Vishwaroop (son of Twashtaa), Vritraasur Raakshas (by Vajra made out of Dadheechi's bones).



INDRAVARMAA - Chief of Maalavaa
--His elephant's name was Ashwatthaamaa. When Bheem told Drone that "Ashwatthaamaa has been slain", in fact his own son was not slain, rather Bheem killed this elephant and told that lie to him. Drone did not believe Bheem, so he asked Yudhishthir, and he also said the same thing. Then only Drone believed that his son was dead.

INDUMATEE - Queen, Wife of King Aj
Married to - Aj
Children - 1 son - Dasharath
--Indumatee was the wife of King Aj who was the father of Dasharath and grandfather of Raam, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughn.



JAAMBVAAN - Bear, Born from Brahmaa's yawn suddenly [V-Raamaayan, 1/5/17]
Married to - nnn
Children - 1 daughter - Jaambvatee (Married to Krishn as one of His 8 wives)
                1 son - Sukumaar [Vishnu Puraan, 4/9]
--He helped Raam in HIs search for Seetaa and His war against Raavan.

JAAMBVATEE - Daughter of Jaambvaan
Married to - Krishn, Avataar (the 2nd wife of His 8 wives)
Children - 10 sons - (1) Saamb, (2) Sumitra, (3) Purujit, (4) Shatjit, (5) Sahastrajit, (6) Vijay,
                     (7) Chitraketu, (8) Vasumaan, (9) Dravid, and (10) Kratu [Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u9]
--Krishn's 8 wives were (1) Rukminee (Daughter of Bheeshmak), (2) Jaambvatee (Daughter of Jaambvaan), (3) Satyabhaamaa (Daughter of Satraajit), (4) Kaalindee (daughter of Soorya Dev), (5) Mitravindaa (Daughter of Krishn's Buaa Raajaadhidevee), (6) Satyaa or Naagnjitee (Daughter of Nagnjit), (7) Bhadraa (Princess of Kaikaya Desh, Krishn's another Buaa Shrutkeerti's daughter), (8) Lakshmanaa (Princess of Madra Desh).





Married to - Panchjanee (Daughter of Vishwaroop)
Children - nnn
--His name was Bharat. He was a real Sanyaasee, but in the last days of life he got attached to a deer, so he was born as a deer in his next life. After a couple of lives later he got salvation.

JAHNU - King, Son of Kuru (Descendent of Pururavaa)
Married to - nnn
Children - 1 son Sumantu
--According to Vishnu Puraan, 4/7 he was in the lineage of Pururavaa. Pururavaa -> Amaavasu -> Bheem -> Kaanchan -> Suhotra -> Jahnu.
--He was worshipping when Bhageerath was taking Gangaa River to his ancestors. His Yagya things flowed away in her waters as she was flowing, so in rage he filled Gangaa's water in his Kamandal. Later he released it from his ears at the request of Devtaa. Since then Gangaa became his daughter and was also called Jaahnavee.
--[Aangiras, p 141] says, "It appears that Jahnu was the first Aarya king to arrive and settle on the banks of River Gangaa, even before Bhageerath, hence Gangaa earned the name of Jaahnavee. He founded the Kaanyakubj kingdom."

JAIMINI - Disciple of Ved Vyaas
--Some say that he was the son of Maharshi Paraashar, but no mention is found of this son of Paraashar anywhere except Ved Vyaas from Satyavatee.
--A philosopher who founded Poorv Meemaansaa school of Hindoo philosophy. His main works are --
(1) Poorv Meemaansaa Sootra - one of the six Darshan of ancient Indian philosophy. contains about 3,000 Sootra.
(2) Jaimini Bhaarat - a version of Mahaabhaarat, especially known for its Ashwamedh Parv
(3) Jaimini Sootra or Upadesh Sootra - next to Brihat Paraashar Horaa Shaastra (BPHS) giving birth to Jaimini astrology.
--When Rishi Ved Vyaas Jee taught his divided Ved to his four disciples - Pail, Vaishampaayan, Sumantu and Jaimini; he taught Saam Ved to Jaimini.
--Maarkandeya Puraan is in the form of dialog between Jaimini and sage Maarkandeya.

--He was killed by Saatyaki on 14th day of Mahaabhaarat war.

JAMADAGNI - Rishi. Son of Rishi Richeek and Satyavatee (Daughter of Gaadhi, Sister of Vishwaamitra)
Married to - Renukaa (Daughter of Renu Rishi)
Children - 5 sons - Rumanvaan, Sushen, Vasu, Vishwaavasu and Parashuraam
--[Padm Puraaan, 5/39] says that Renukaa was the daughter of King Renuk.
--Once Renukaa went to fetch some water from a River for her husband's worship. There she found Gandharv Raaj playing with his wives in the river. She watched them playing for quite some time and wished for a young husband. She overtook her thoughts and soon came back home. But she was late for Rishi's worship. Rishi knew her mental sin so he got very angry and asked all sons to behead their mother. But nobody did so except Parashuraam. So he asked Parashuraam to behead his brothers also. He did that also. Jamadagni got very pleased with Parashuraam, he asked him to ask for any Var. He immediately asked their life back and requested to incorporate them in the family. He asked that they should not remember this incident. He did so. This story appears in Bhaagvat Puraan and MBH, and not in the earlier Padm Puraan which deals with the life of Parashuraam in much greater detail.
--It is part of the overwhelming evidence that MBH and Bhaagvat have been interpolated by innumerable unworthy contributors who have added cheap and worthless stories defiling the character of sages. How could Rishi Jamadagni have earned the power of bringing back to life a dead person if he was so mercurial and violent as to order his son to kill his own wife for a wrong reason. And if Parashuraam was a Rishi, how could he have obeyed his father blindly without saying a word in protest. [Aangiras, p 139]
--Once King Arjun of Haihaya Vansh saw the Divine cow with him. He got very impressed with her so he asked him to give her to him, but Jamadagni said, "She is my Yagya cow and fulfills all my Yagya needs. I cannot giver her to you." Arjun tried to take her by force, but she produced a huge army from her body and saved herself. Later Arjun killed him and took his head. Parashuraam killed him, his army, and children, brought his head back and brought him to life. He killed Kshatriya 21 times on the face of the earth to take revenge of his father's killing.


Married to - nnn
Children - 1 Daughter - Kayaadhu (Married to Hiranyakashyap)
               2 Sons - Sund married to Taadakaa, killed by Agastya Muni's curse
                            Mahishaasur, killed by Devee
--Jambhaasur was killed by Indra.
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 8/4] says that he had a brother named Namuchi.
--[Padm Puraan, 5/37] says that Kashyap Jee and Diti had several sons as Asur and gives their names like this - Makar, Hayagreev, Hiranyaaksh, Hiranyakashyap, Jambh, Maya etc.
[Now if Jambhaasur was the son of Kashyap and Diti; and he married his daughter Kayaadhu to Hiranyakashyap, then does it mean that he married his daughter to his brother? or Kayaadhu was married to her uncle?]

JANAK - King of Mithilaa
Married to - Sunayanaa
Children - 2 daughters - Seetaa (Married to Raam), Urmilaa (Married to Raam's brother Lakshman)
--His real name was Seeradhwaj. In fact Janak was his family name. He is known for that in spite of being busy in worldly actions how one can ascend to the highest spiritual level. The King Janak, mentioned in Brihadaaranyak Upanishad, was not this King, but a descendent of Seeradhwaj Janak and was also very learned.
--He is mentioned in the Ramayana as the father of Seetaa and also there are references to him in Brihadaaranyak Upanishad, Mahaabhaarat and Puraan.
--He is the only king who is known as Raajarshi.
--He was educated by Ashtaavakra and that lesson is recorded in Ashtaavakra Geetaa.



JANAMEJAYA - Prince of Paanchaal

JANAMEJAYA - King, Son of Pareekshit (Son of Abhimanyu and Uttaraa, Grandson of Arjun and Subhadraa)
Married to - Vapushtamaa (Daughter of Kaashee King Swarn Varmaa)
Children - 2 sons - Shataaneek and Shankukarn
--He had three brothers - Ugrasen, Bheemsen, and Shrutsen
--He is famous for his Sarp Yagya. He did a Sarp Yagya because of the hate to Takshak, as he bit his father Pareekshit at Shringee Rishi's Shaap. So all snakes started falling in the Yagya fire with the effect of Mantra, Takshak got afraid and coiled around the leg of Indra's throne. When Janamejaya didn't see Takshak falling in Yagya's Kund, his Braahman called Indra to fall in the fire, so Indra also started falling in the sacrificial fire along with his throne. Then Brahmaa Jee intervened and Janamejaya stopped his Yagya. (MBH, G-0/10) says that Rishi Aasteek saved Naag and Takshak from dying.
--(Aangiras, p 138) says he was the enemy of Naag race, a non-Arya tribe with vast empire at that time. Later on a story based on the other meaning of Naag (Serpent) was created.

JARAASANDH - King of Magadh (Son of Brihadrath)
Married to - nnn
Children - 2 sons - Sahadev and Jayatsen 
               2 daughters - Asti and Praapti (both married to Kans)
               1 daughter more* (Jaraasandhaa)
--He was very mighty like Bheem, but he also could not defeat Chaanoor - Kans' wrestler.
--There is an interesting story about his birth. First his father was childless, so he went to a Rishi named Chand Kaushik and asked him to give him a son. The Rishi gave him a mango to give it to his queen. He had two queens and he loved them both equally so he cut the fruit in half and gave it to both of his wives. At appropriate time they both gave birth to a child but both delivered half body. Both queens got frightened seeing the half body of a child so they threw those half bodies outside the palace. There came a Jaraa Raakshasee who picked them up with the intention of eating them but joined them in a playful mood. Life came to the pieces and the child was born. She got very happy, took him to her house and brought him up as her own child. Because he was joined and brought alive by Jaraa, he was named as Jaraa + Sandh
--When Yudhishthir did his Raajsooya Yagya, it was necessary either to defeat him or kill him, because he was very mighty. Only Bheem could do it. Krishn, Arjun and Bheem went to him in disguise of Braahman and asked for a dual fight with any one of them in alms. He chose Bheem for fighting and Bheem killed him. It was not easy to kill him. Krishn helped Bheem in killing him. He made a sign to him by a tearing a straw apart and throw its both parts on opposite sides. By tearing his body thus and throwing them in the opposite direction only Bheem could kill him, otherwise his both parts joined each other repeatedly and he got alive as before as he came to life when Jaraa joined him, if he threw them in the same direction. After his death, Krishn installed his son Sahadev as Magadh's king.
--[MBH, 15/1]  says that "daughter of Jaraasandh used to wait upon Gaandhaaree", so it seems that he had another daughter, other than Asti and Praapti (married to Kans), who was married in Kaurav family. In the same [MBH, 15/25] says that she was known as Jaraasandhaa and she was the wife of Bheem (maybe Dhritraashtra's son named Bheem].
--[Vishnu Puraan, 4/13] supports only one son - Sahadev. Sahadev's son was Somaapi and Somaapi's son was Shrutshravaa. See the list of the kings of Magadh Dynasty in Vishnu Puraan, 4/15.
--[Agni Puraan, 28] says that Brihadrath had 7 sons from Girikaa from the part of Vasu Uparichar. Kushaagra's son was Vrishabh, Vrishabh's son was Satyahit, Satyahit's son was Sudhanvaa, Sudhanvaa's son was Oorj, Oorj's son was Sambhaav and Sambhaav's son was Jaraasandh.

Married to - Jaratkaaru (Vaasuki Naag's sister)
Children - 1 son - Aasteek
--Aasteek stopped Janamejaya's Sarp Yagya.

JATAASUR - Raakshas, 
Married to - nnn
Children - 1 son - Alambooshaa
--At one time Bheem killed him. So his son Alambooshaa came to Duryodhan to take revenge from Bheem of that killing at the time of Mahaabhaarat war. 
--Alambooshaa was killed by Ghatotkach on the 14th day of war in the night when Ghatotkach went to fight with Karn. 

JATAAYU - Bird, (Son of Arun, Grandson of Kashyap and Vinataa)
Married to - nnn
Children - 2 sons - Karnikaar and Shatagaamee
--Arun and Garud were brothers, and Jataayu was Arun's son.
--He met Raam while He was in exile. He fought with Raavan when Raavan was taking Seetaa to Lankaa. He was badly wounded while fighting with him. He died after he told the incident to Raam. Raam performed his last rites with His own hands according to Ved customs.

JAYA and VIJAYA - Gatekeepers of Vishnu
--Once, when they were guarding the door of Vishnu's palace, Sanakaadi Muni came to see Vishnu. They did not know them, so they did not allow them to enter the palace. At this they got angry and gave them Shaap that, "Be Raakshas, take birth on Prithvi three times." At this they requested Vishnu that when they take birth on Prithvi as Raakshas, they should not forget their Gyaan and they should be killed by His own hands. Vishnu said, "So be it." Thus they were born on Prithvi three times - once as Hiranyaaksh and Hiranyakashyap in Sat Yug; second time as Raavan and Kumbhkarn in Tretaa Yug and third time as Shishupaal and Dantvakra in Dwaapar Yug. They were killed by Bhagavaan's hands - Varaah Bhagavaan, Nrasinh Bhagavaan, Raam and Krishn respectively.
--Their story is given in Tulasee's Maanas, but not in Vaalmeeki's Raamaayan. Padm Puraan also cites their reference in the context of Narasinh [Padm Puraan, 5/38], Raam [Padm Puraan, 5/40] and Krishn Avataar

JAYADRATH - King of Sindhu Desh (Son of Vriddhkshatra)
Married to - Dushalaa (Daughter of Dhritraashtra and Gaandhaaree, Sister of Duryodhan)
Children - 1 son - Surath
--Once Jayadrath touched the feet of his father. Pleased with him, his father gave him a Var that if whosoever will fell your head on the ground his head will break in thousand pieces. So when Arjun vowed to kill Jayadrath because of the killing of his son Abhimanyu, Krishn suggested Arjun that he should kill him in this way that his head should fall in his father's lap. Arjun did so. His father was doing Tapasyaa when his head fell in his lap. As he opened his eyes he got afraid of seeing a head in his lap and got up. As he got up, the head fell on the ground and his father died immediately. Thus Arjun killed both father and son with one arrow.
--Once, when Paandav were in exile, they left Draupadee alone at home. Jayadrath was passing by, he abducted her. When Pandav returned, both Arjun and Bheem followed them and caught them in time. Bheem caught him and shaved his head leaving five flocks. Because of shame he did not go home, nor to Duryodhan, rather he went for Tapasyaa for Shiv. When Shiv asked him to ask for Var, he asked that he should be able to kill Paandav. Shiv said "It is impossible to kill them, but I can give you another Var that in war you will be able to check four Paandav only excluding Arjun and Krishn." Reluctantly he accepted that, so on the day of Abhimanyu Vadh, the 13th day of the MBH war, since Arjun and Krishn were not there, he was able to check four Paandav, and others killed Abhimanyu.
--Arjun killed him on the 14th day of MBH war.

JAYANT - Son of Indra and Indraanee
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--He has one sister - Jayantee and two brothers - Rishabh and Meedhvaan.
--In Raam's times, when they were in exile, according to Maanas, he assumed the form of a crow and hit Seetaa's feet with his beak and flew away. Raam picked a broom stick (Seenk) and aimed at him treating it as an arrow. Now Jayant got frightened and ran away. The arrow followed him wherever he went. He got so much frightened seeing this that he went in all the three Lok and asked help of Brahmaa, Shiv, his own father, but they clearly showed their helplessness saying, "This is Shree Raam's arrow, nobody can save you except Shree Raam Himself, so go to Him only and pray Him." At last he had to come back to Raam, and asked His forgiveness. Shree Raam forgave him but pierced his left eye with that arrow. Since then crows can see from one eye only.

JAYANT - Son of Dharm and Marutvatee
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--According to Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/3, when Daksh had married his 10 daughters to Dharm, his Marutvatee named wife gave birth to two sons - Marutwaan and Jayant, also called Upendra. Jayant was the Avataar Of Vaasudev.

JAYANTEE - Daughter of Indra and Indraanee
Married to - Bhagavaan Rishabh.
Part Avataar of Vishnu (son of Naabhi) [Bhaagvat Puraan, 5/1]
Children - 100 sons
--Among the 100 sons, Bharat was the most qualitative son so people called this Ajnaabh Khand as Bhaarat Varsh. Younger to him were the nine brothers - Kushaavart, Ilaavart, Brahmaavart, Malay, Ketu, Bhadrasen, Indrasprak, Vidarbh, Keekat who were older and better among the remaining 99 brothers. Younger to them were, Kavi, Hari, Antariksha, Prabuddha, Pipplaayan, Aavirhotra, Drumil, Chamas, and Karbhaajan. They were the followers of Bhaagvat Dharm.

JAYASEN - King of Avantee
Married to - Raajaadhidevee (Vasudev's sister)
Children - 2 sons - Vind and Anuvind

JAYATSEN - King of Magadh after Jaraasandh (Son of Jaraasandh)
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--He fought from Duryodhan's side and was killed by Abhimanyu.


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