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Married to - nnn
Children - Yaagyavalkya


VAALKHILYA - Rishi, Sons of Kratu and Sannati
--Vaalkhilya and Vaikhaanas are two different groups of ascetics.
--[Agni Puraan, 8] says that Vaalkhilya 60,000 Rishi were the children of Kratu and Sannati.
--They are 60,000 Rishi, of thumb size, who always sing Ved Richaa sitting on the chariot of Soorya Dev.
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 11/4] Once Vaalkhilya Rishi became weak doing Tap. While bringing Samidhaa (wood for Yagya or Havan) for Kashyap Rishi, they fell down in a ditch made by cow's feet and they felt as if they had fallen in a sea. When they prayed, then Bhagavaan took Avataar and took them out from there.

Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--A story is well known about him, that his childhood name was Ratnaakar. He was a Braahman's son. Once he was going to collect flowers for worship with his father in the forest that he got separated from him and got lost. His father tried to search him a lot, but when he could not find him, he thought that maybe some wild animal had eaten him. The child when did not see his father started crying. A hunter heard his cry and took him to his house and brought him up as his own son. Ratnaakar started hunting and later he got married and had a few children too. Now he could not maintain his family only by hunting so he starting robbing people going through the forest.
--Once Naarad Jee passed by that way, Ratnaakar tried to rob him too. He said, "I have only this Veenaa, if you want it you can take it, but what will you do of this?" He further asked him why did he rob innocent people like this? Ratnaakar replied that he did this to fee his family. Naarad Jee asked - "This is sin and have you asked your family members that whether they will share the fruit of the sin you are committing for them?" Ratnaakar said, "Why not, they will." Naarad Jee said to him, "Go and ask them." He was hesitant to leave him there, as he might run away, Naarad Jee said, "If you are hesitant, you may tie me with this tree, till you come back." So he tied him with a tree and went to his home and asked his family members whether they would share his sins. When they clearly refused, he came to his senses and fell on Naarad Jee's feet and asked him the way as how his sin will be washed away. Naarad Jee said to him to recite "Raam, Raam". But Ratnaakar told that he could not recite Raam Raam, so Naarad Jee asked him to recite "Maraa, Maraa" which surprisingly became Raam Raam if recited continuously, till he came back. Ratnaakar sat down and started reciting Maraa, Maraa. Naarad Jee came back after a long time, till then ants had made anthills around him. Anthill is called Valmeeki in Hindee language. When Naarad Jee came he took out Ratnaakar from the nthill and gave him the name of Vaalmeeki. He had become a Maharshi by then.
--According to [Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/7] Vaalmeeki Jee was the son of Varun (son of Aditi) and his wife Charshanee. Because he was reborn from Valmeek (anthill) that is why he was named as Vaalmeeki.
--Since Bhrigu (the 2nd one - born from Varun) was also Varun's son, it means that both were brothers.
--He is regarded as Aadi Kavi (first poet), because he wrote Raamaayan in Sanskrit language couplets which was unknown before than that. He taught it to Lav and Kush, and they sang it to Raam.
--Seetaa stayed in his Aashram when She was exiled by Raam. She gave birth to two sons - Lav and Kush in his Aashram.
--According to Aangiras (p 332-333) "He is incorrectly represented to have been alive at the time of Shree Raam. The truth is that he lived roughly 1050 years later - 690-610 BC."

VAAMAN - Avataar, Son of Kashyap and Aditi [Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/7]
Married to - Keerti
Children - 1 son - Brihachchhlok
--He took Tri-Lok from Raajaa Bali and gave it to Indra. He did this by assuming a dwarf form (52 finger tall) begging three steps land from Bali at the end of a Yagya in which he was supposed to satisfy everybody. In spite of knowing that the boy was not a boy but was Vishnu Himself, and in spite of warned by his Guru Shukraachaarya he donated three steps land to Him. The boy measured Prithvi in one step, Swarg in second step and space by His body. When he asked "Where should I measure my third step", Bali bent his head and lay down facing down saying that "You may measure it on my body". Bhagavaan goy so happy that he gave him the kingdom of Sutal Lok, and appointed as Indra for the 8th Manvantar.

Married to - Shatsheersh
Children - nnn

VAATAAPI - Raakshas, Son of Viprachitti (Son of Kashyap and Danu) and Sinhikaa (Daughter of Kashyap and Diti; Sister of Hiranyakashyap)
--Had a brother (1 of 13 brothers) named Ilval. Both were killed by Maharshi Agastya

VABHRUVAAHAN - King of Manipur, Son of Arjun and Chitraangadaa (of Manipur)
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--He was Arjun's son. His mother was married to Arjun according to Putrikaa Dharm so he was living with her mother's father. He met his father when he came to Manipur while protecting Ashwamedh horse of Yudhishthir.



--Vaalkhilya and Vaikhaanas are two different groups of ascetics.

VAIRAAJ - Prajaapati
Married to - 
Children - 1 son - Sudhanvaa
--Brahmaa appointed Sudhanvaa as the Lord of East direction.

--He was a very dear disciple of Ved Vyaas Jee. He told Mahaabhaarat to Janamejaya - the son of Pareekshit after he had finished his Sarp Yagya.


VAISHWAANAR - Daanav, Son of Maharshi Kashyap and Danu
Married to - nnn
Children - 2 daughters - Pulomaa and Kaalakaa [Padm Puraan, 1/7,   Vishnu Puraan, 1/13]
--Pulomaa had sons names Paulomaa and Kaalakaa had sons named Kaalakeya. Both were killed by Arjun at the request of Indra, when he was in Swarg Lok to take Divine weapons.
--Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/3 says that Vaishwaanar had four daughters - Upadaanavee (married to Hiranyaaksh), Hayashiraa (married to Kratu), Pulomaa, and Kaalakaa (married to Kashyap Jee on the order of Brahmaa Jee).
[How come that Kashyap Jee married his own granddaughters?]

VAIVASWAT MANU - Manu, Son of Vivaswaan and Sangyaa (Daughter of Vishwakarmaa)
see also     SHRAADDHDEV
Married to - nnn
Children - 10 sons - Il, Ikshwaaku, Kushnaabh, Arisht, Dhrisht, Narishyant, Karoosh, Sharyaati,
                Prishadhra, and Naabhaag
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 8/5] lists his 10 sons' names as follows - Ikshwaaku, Disht, Nabhag, Dhrisht, Narishyant, Naabhaag, Karoosh,  Sharyaati, Prishadhra, Vasumaan
--He is the Manu of seventh Manvantar - Vaivaswat Manvantar - the present Manvantar.
--His real name is Shraaddhdev.

VAJRA - Prince, Son of Aniruddh (Krishn's Grandson) and Subhadraa or Rochanaa (Rukmee's Granddaughter)
Married to - nnn
Children - 1 son - Pratibhaanu [Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u27]  [Vishnu Puraan, 4/11]
--He was installed King of Shakraprasth by Paandav, after his all elders, Yadu Vanshee, died by Moosal.
--Pratibaahu's son was Subaahu, Subaahu's son was Shaantsen and his son was Shatasen.
--[Vishnu Puraan, 4/11] says that Pratibaahu's son was Suchaaru (it stops here, and does not give Suchaaru's son or grandson's names)

VAJRAANG - Daitya, Son of Kashyap (Son of Mareechi and Sambhooti) and Diti (Daughter of Daksh) [Padm Puraan, 1/24]
Married to - Varaangee (Brahmaa produced her for Vajraang)
Children - 1 son - Taarakaasur
--After the death of Hiranyakashyap and Hiranyaaksh Diti was very sad so she did Tap and asked for a son who could not be killed by Devtaa. She gave birth to Vajraang. His body was very strong, could not be pierced even by Vajra. He brought Indra tied to his mother at her order, although Brahmaa and Kashyap let him go. Brahmaa asked him to ask for any Var. He asked that he wanted to do Tap and nobody should disturb his Tap. Brahmaa created a woman Varaangee, gave her to him and said - "Take her and so be it."
--During the Tap, Varaangee also sat near him. But once he entered water to do Tap, and when he came out he did not see her anywhere. He went to a forest to look for food, there he saw her weeping. On asking she told him that Indra troubled her very much and she wanted to commit suicide, that he came. Now she wanted a son who could kill Indra. Vajraang again wanted to go for Tap to get such a son, but Brahmaa Jee told him that he did not need to do any Tap, and he will have a son like that. After a 1,000 years they had a son, they named him Taarak.

VAJRADATT - King of Praagjyotish, Son of Bhagdatt
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--He fought with Arjun for three days, when Yudhishthir performed his Ashwamedh Yagya after the war. On the fourth day Vajradatt said - "My father was the friend of your father (Indra) and you killed him because of his old age. Now you fight with me." Arjun felled him and said - "Yudhishthir told me that I should not kill anybody who might encounter me on the way, just make them disable. And don't kill them also who come to fight with you with their relations and kinsmen, ask them o join us for the sacrifice. So I am not slaying you, go back to your city and come to our Yagya on Chaitra Poornimaa." Vajradatt went back saying, "So be it". (MBH, G-7/21)

VAJRAJWAALAA - Daitya Princess, Daughter of Bali, Granddaughter of Virochan (Son of Prahlaad)
Married to - Kumbhkarn (Son of Vishravaa and Kaikasee, Brother of Raavan)
Children - nnn
--She had a sister too - Ratnmaalaa.

VANE - King, Son of Ang and Suneethaa (Daughter of Yam Raaj or Mrityu)
Married to - none
Children - Prithu
--Vane was very cruel, so Rishi killed him through Shaap. Then Braahman churned his body. First appeared Mlechchh people whose complexion was pitch black. Then a man appeared from his right arm carrying a bow, arrow and a Gadaa. He was known as Prithu. Braahman appointed him the king. Since then this land was called as Prithvi.

VARAANGEE - Wife of Vajraang
Married to - Vajraang
Children - 1 son - Taarakasur
--Brahmaa produced her for Vajraand when Vajraang expressed his wish to do Tap. When Vajraang was doing Tap, she was troubled by Indra, so when Vajraang came back from his Tapasyaa, she asked him to give her a son who could kill Indra. Vajraang could easily kill Indra but he preferred to do Tap to get such a son. But Brahmaa Jee told him not to do Tap again and blessed him with a son. After 1,000 years she gave birth to Taarak who got the Var to be killed by a 6-day old Shiv's son. Shiv's son Kaartikeya killed when he was only 6 days old.

VARASTREE - Daughter of Angiraa (1 of the 10 Maanas Putra of Brahmaa), Sister of Brihaspati
Married to - Prabhaas (8th Vasu)
Children - 1 son - Vishwakarmaa

VARUN - One of 12 Aaditya, Born to Kashyap and Aditi
Married to - Gauree
Children -  2 sons - Pushkar, and Vaalmeeki
--He is called Jal Devtaa - Devtaa of all waters.
--Lives in Nimlochanee Puree, and his garden's name is Ritumaan. Ritumaan is situated in the foothills of Trikoot Parvat in Ksheer Saagar. [Bhaagvat Puraan, 8/2]
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/7] says that Varun's wife's name was Charshanee, and they had two sons - Bhrigu and Vaalmeeki. This Bhrigu was Brahmaa's son in his previous life.
--[MBH, Stories, Maatali] says that Varun had a son named Pushkar.
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 8/5] says that in the 9th Manvantar Varun's son Daksh Saavarni will be Manu.
[In fact Varun had these sons in different Manvantar - Pushkar, Bhrigu, Vaalmeeki and Daksh Saavarni.]

VASHISHTH - Maharshi. One of the 10 Maanas Putra of Brahmaa, (Later Son of Varun)
Married to - Arundhatee (or Akshmaalaa), Oorjswati (or Oorjaa)
Children - 7 Brahmarshi - (1) Chitraketu, (2) Surochi, (3) Virajaa, (4) Mitra, (5) Ulban, (6) Vasubhradyaan,
                      (7) Dyumaan, and (8) Shakti and
                100 sons from other wife
--Brahmaa's son Vashishth died when Raajaa Nimi gave him Shaap. He again took birth as Mitra and Urvashee's son. [Bhaagvat Puran, 9/7] He again took birth as Mitra and Urvashee's son.
--The story of his second birth is an interesting one. Once both Mitra and Varun saw Urvashee which caused their semen fall, so they kept it in a pitcher. Munivar Agastya and Vashishth Jee were born from that semen only.
--According to Aangiras (p 329) (1) he lived during 2450-2360 BC. Vashishth and his brother Agastya were the two most famous Rishi of Vaidik period. They lived during the period of Harishchandra and Sudaas. His descendents have contributed many hymns to Ved Sanhitaa. The entire 7th Mandal of Rig Ved is attributed to this family. (2) Another Vashishth (1820-1730 BC) was the official priest of King Dasharath. He was the descendent of earlier Vashishth. (3) Yet there was a third Vashishth (480-400 BC) who wrote a book Vashishth Smriti.
[I doubt about Aangiras' dating in this regard.]
--[Agni Puraan, 8] says that Vashishth and Oorjaa had 7 Rishi as their sons - Raajaa, Gaatra, Oordhwabaahu, Savan, Anagh, Shukra and Sutapaa.

VASU - Daughter of Daksh
Married to - Dharm
Children -  8 sons called Vasu - [Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/3] (1) Drone, (2) Praan, (3) Dhruv, (4) Ark, (5) Agni,
                   (6) Dosh, (7) Vasu, and (8) Vibhaavasu

--According to Padm Puraan, 1/23 Bahmaa Jee produced 5 women - Lakshmee, Saadhyaa, Shubhlakshanaa, Vishweshaa, Devee (Vasu) and Saraswatee and gave them to Dharm. Dharm's wife Lakshmee produced Som (Chandramaa or Moon), Saadhyaa produced Saadhya named Devtaa; Devee (Vasu) produced Vasu named Devtaa who followed Devtaa and Dharm's fourth wife Vishweshaa produced Vishwedev. Names of Vishwedev are - Daksh, Pushkar, Chaakshush Manu, Mahorag, Vishwaanug, Vasu, Baal, Nishkal, Rurud, and Bhaaskar.

VASU DEVTAA - 8 sons of Vasu (Daksh's daughter) and Dharm  Padm Puraan, 1/7; Agni Puraan, 7]
Names - (1) Aap, (2) Dhruv, (3) Som, (4) Dhar, (5) Anil, (6) Anal (Agni), (7) Pratyoosh, and (8) Prabhaas. 
--Anal's son was Kumaar (Kaartikeya), Pratyoosh's son was Deval Rishi;  Prabhaas' son was Vishwakarmaa.
--According to [Padm Puraan, 1/23] Vasu were the children of Devee (Vasu) who was the daughter of Brahmaa Jee. Dharm was married to five daughters of Brahmaa - Lakshmee, Saadhyaa, Shubhlakshanaa, Vishweshaa, Devee (Vasu), and Saraswatee. Lakshmee produced Som (Chandramaa); Saadhyaa produced Saadhya named Devtaa (see Saadhya for their names), Devee (Vasu) produced Vasu named Devtaa (names are not given); and Vishweshaa produced Vishwedev Devtaa (see Vishwedev for their names).
--[MBH, G-0/14)] gives some other description of Vasu Devtaa's birth.

VASUDEV - King, Son of Shoorsen and Maarishaa
Married to - several queens - All seven daughters of Devak - (1) Vrikdevaa, (2) Upadevaa, (3) Devrakshitaa, (4) Shreedevaa, (5) Shaantidevaa, 
                (6) Sahadevaa, and (7) Devakee.
               Others were -  Rohinee, Pauravee, Madiraa, Bhadraa, Vaishaalee
Children - Many sons -
                7 sons from Devakee - Keertimaan, Sushen, Udaayu, Bhadradev, Bhadrasen, and Rijudaas, Krishn (Avataar of Vishnu).
                8+ sons from Rohinee - Balaraam (Avataar of Shesh Naag), Shath, Saaran, Durmad, Bhadraashwa, Bhadrabaahu, Durdam, Bhoot etc
                3+ sons from Madiraa - Nand, Upanand, Kritak etc
                2+ sons from Bhadraa - Upanidhi, Gad etc
                1 son  from Vaishaalee - Kaushik 
                1 daughter from .......... - Subhadraa (maybe from Rohinee - read the text below)
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/15] lists 14 wives and their some sons
----Devakee - 8 sons - Keertimaan, Sushen, Bhadrasen, Riju, Sammardan, Bhadra, Balaraam Jee, and Krishn
----Devarakshitaa - 9 sons - Gad etc nine sons
----Dhritdevaa had Viprashth.

----Ilaa had Uruvalk etc sons.
----Kaushalyaa - 1 son - Keshee.
----Madiraa had Nand, Upnand, Kritak, Shoor etc sons.
----Pauravee - 12 sons -  Bhoot Subhadra, Bhadruvaah, Durmad and Bhadra etc sons;
----Rochanaa had Hast and Hemaangad etc sons.
----Rohinee - 7 sons - Balaraam, Gad, Saaran, Durmad, Vipul, Dhruv and Krit etc
----Sahadevaa - 8 sons - Puruvishrut etc
----Shaantidevaa had Shram and Pratishrut etc several sons.
----Shreedevaa - 6 sons - Vasu, Hans, Suvansh
----Updevaa - 10 sons - Kalpvarsh etc
--MBH, G-3-Youth/14 says that Subhadraa was the uterine sister of Saaran, and here Saaran is the son of Rohinee, so iot seems that Subhadraa was the daughter of Rohinee.
--[Padm Puraan, 5/43] says that Vasudev was Devameedh's son, and Devakee was Ugrasen's daughter [this might be with Kalp difference].
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u21] says that Vasudev had 18 wives, but doesn't give their names at that place. But it lists 14 wives' names at other place - see above.
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 9/15] says that he had nine brothers - (1) Devbhaag, (2) Devshravaa, (3) Aanak, (4) Srinjaya, (5) Shyaamak, (6) Kank, (7) Shameek, (8) Vatsak, and (9) Vrik; and five sisters - (1) Prithaa, (2) Shrutdevaa, (3) Shrutkeerti, (4) Shrutshravaa, and (5) Raajaadhidevee.

--Devakee's first six sons were killed by Kans, because of the Bhavishya Vaanee (Divine voice) that he would be killed by Devakee's eighth child. He wanted to kill her at the same time but Vasudev Jee stopped him saying that he should not kill her on the grounds, (1) She was a woman, (2) She was his sister, (3) She was just married. Then he promised him to give him all his children as soon as they were born, which he did.
--His seventh child was Balaraam but Vishnu's Shakti Yog Maayaa pulled him out of Devakee's womb and kept it in Rohinee's womb, thus her seventh pregnancy was considered aborted; while Balaraam became known as Rohinee's child. His eighth son was Krishn whom he exchanged with Yashodaa's daughter who was killed by Kans. Krishn was brought up by Nand and Yashodaa of Gokul till 12 years of age.
--Later when Krishn killed Kans, Vasudev and Devakee got freed and became king. Once Devakee requested Krishn to show her first six dead sons' who were killed by Kans. Krishn did that.
--[Agni Puraan, 27] says that Vasudev was the incarnation of Maharshi Kashyap and his wife Aditi incarnated as Devakee.

VASUSEN     see     KARN


VED - 1 of 3 Main Disciples of Rishi Dhaumya
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--Dhaumya's other two disciples were Aaruni and Upamanyu.

--As a test Dhaumya kept him for long time in his Aashram. Ved also had three main disciples from whom he did not take any work, because he had already suffered in his Guru's Aashram because of work.

VED VYAAS - Avataar of Vishnu, Son of Paraashar and Satyavatee
Married to - nnn
Children - 3 sons - Dhritraashtra (from Ambikaa), Paandu (from Ambaalikaa), 
                   Vidur (from Ambikaa's maid)
                1 son - Shuk Dev (from Shukee Apsaraa)
--His name is Krishn Dwaipaayan because he was Krishn (dark in complexion), and Dwaipaayan - because he was born on an island in Yamunaa River. 
--He is popularly known as Ved Vyaas because of dividing Ved. Besides dividing Ved, he has written 18 Puraan, 18 Up-Puraan, Mahaabhaarat, and Vedaant Brahm Sootra also.
--His most popular disciples are Shuk Dev who told Bhaagvat Puraan to Pareekshit (Abhimanyu's son) and many other scriptures to others; Soot Jee (Ugrashravaa)- in spite of being a Soot's (Romeharshan's) son Vyaas Jee trained him to tell all Itihaas and Puraan stories; and Vaishampaayan Jee who told Mahaabhaarat to Janamejaya after he had performed Sarp Yagya.

VED VATEE - Daughter of Kushdhwah Rishi
--Her father wanted to marry her to Vishnu but he died early so she started doing Tap to get Vishnu as her husband. Raavan came there and misbehaved with her. So she gave her Shaap that she will be born as the cause of his death. It is believed that she was born as Seetaa from the plough's front tip when Raajaa Janak was tilling his land and became the cause of Raavan's death.

Married to - Narak (Son of Amrit and Nikriti)
Children - 1 son - Dukh
--This is according to [Agni Puraan, 8].

VEDSHIRAA - Son of Maarkandeya Muni
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--[Agni Puraan, 8] says that Vedshiraa was the son of Vidhaataa (Bhrigu's son)
--[Bhaagavat Puraan, 4/1]  says that Vedshiraa was the grandson of Vidhaataa (Vidhaataa > Praan > Vedshiraa).



VIBHAANDAK - Rishi, Son of Kashyap (Son of Mareechi and Sambhooti)
Married to - nnn
Children - 1 son - Rishyashring
--It is said that Rishyashring was the son of a deer and had a small horn on his head when he was born.
--He kept his son alone in his Aashram. He even didn't know that there was anything like woman in the world. Once there was no rain in ing Rompaad's kingdom. People started dying with hunger, then his ministers suggested that if Rishyashring Muni comes in his kingdom, it will rain. How to bring him in the kingdom? They were all afraid of Vibhaandak Muni. So they sent some courtesans to bring him there. They attracted him and brought him in Rompaad's kingdom. As he came within the boundary of the kingdom, it rained. Then the King married his daughter Shaantaa to him.

VIBHEESHAN - Prince, Son of Vishravaa and Kaikasee (Daughter of Sumaalee)
Married to - Saramaa (Daughter of Gandharv Raaj)
Children - 1 daughter - Kalaa
--He had two brothers - Raavan and Kumbhkarn and one sister - Shoorpanakhaa. He was the youngest and as a devotee of Raam. He tried his best to convince Raavan that he should return Seetaa to Raam  but he did not listen to him, so he defected him and went to Raam's camp. He fought, thus, with his own brother.
--Maalee's three sons - Anal, Har, and Sampaati, all were his ministers.
--[Padm Puraan, 4/15], says that Vibheeshan's wife's name was Mahaamoorti.

VICHITRAVEERYA - Son of Shantanu and Satyavatee (daughter of Daash Raaj)
Married to - Ambikaa and Ambaalikaa (Princesses of Kaashee kingdom)
Children - Died childless. But his wives had 2 sons from Ved Vyaas - 
                    Dhritraashtra from Ambikaa, and Paandu from Ambaalikaa

VIDHAATAA - Son of Bhrigu and Khyaati
Married to - nnn
Children - 1 son Mrikandu
--Mrikandu's son was Maarkandeya.

Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/u17] He was Dantvakra's brother and was killed by Krishn by His Chakra.

VIDUR - Shoodra, Son of Ved Vyaas and a maid of Ambikaa
Married to - (MBH, Aadi 114) Daughter of King Devak born from his Shoodra wife
Children - (MBH, Aadi 114) had many children from her
--His wife's name was Sulabhaa.
--He was Dharm Raaj himself born as a Shoodra because of the Shaap by Maandavya Muni. Thus he was the most honored, gracious and righteous son of Ved Vyaas among all the three he produced from the three women. Vidur's Neeti (philosophy) is still very famous.
--He loved Paandav very much and always helped them in their bad times. He always guided Dhritraashtra to do good, but Dhritraashtra never listened to him.

VIDYUNMAALEE - Daitya, Son of Taarak (Son of Kashyap and Danu - Daughter of Daksh)
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--He had two brothers - Kamalaaksh and Taarakaakshya.
--[Padm Puraan, 4/1] says that Vidyunmaalee had a daughter named Kaikasee who was married to Pulastya's Muni's son Vishravaa and gave birth to three mighty sons - Raavan, Kumbhkarn and Vibheeshan; while [V-Raamaayan, 7/3/6] says that Kaikasee was the daughter of Sumaalee.
--Besides this, [Padm Puraan, 4/7]
says that he was Raavan's friend and came to fight with Shatrughn along with his brother Ugradanshtra, when he was roaming around with Raam's Ashwamedh horse, to take revenge of his friend Raavan's killing by Raam, but he found Shatrughn there, so he fought with him only. Vidyunmaalee stole Raam's horse and then was killed by Shatrughn along with his brother Ugradanshtra.
--He, including his two brothers Kamalaaksh and Taarakaaksh,, had three cities (of iron, gold, and silver respectively) in Heavens. Shiv killed all of them and destroyed their three cities at a particular time.
--He was a great devotee of Shiv. Once Soorya defeated him so he ran towards him carrying his Trishool (trident). Soorya also ran away from him and fell in Kaashee, that is why Soorya's another name is Lolaark.

VIDYUTKESH - Son of Heti and Bhayaa
Married to - Katankataa (Sandhyaa's daughter)
Children - 1 son - Sukesh

Married to nnn
Children - nnn
--He fought in MBH war from Kaurav's side.


VIKAT - Vaanar
--In Raam's army

VINATAA - Daughter of Daksh
Married to - Kashyap Jee (1 of 13 wives)
Children - 2 sons - Garud and Arun. 
               1 Daughter - Saudaaminee
--[Padm Puraan, 1/13] mentions Vinataa's sons like this - Taarkshya, Arishtnemi, Garud, Vaaruni, Aaruni.

VIND and ANUVIND - Avantee Brothers (Sons of king of Avantee and Raajaadhidevee)
--They were the sons of Vasudev's sister Raajaadhidevee. They fought from Duryodhan's side.

VIPRACHITTI - Daitya, Son of Kashyap and Danu (Daughter of Daksh)
Married to - Sinhikaa (Sister of Hiranyakashyap and Hiranyaaksh)
Children - 13 sons - Vyansh, Shalya, Nabh, Vaataapi, Namuchi, Ilval, Khasrim, Andhak, Narak, Kaalnaabh,
                    Mahaaveer, Swarbhaanu, Vaktrayodhee [Vishnu Puraan, 1/13]
--[Padm Puraan, 1/7] says that Sinhikaa had 13 sons - Kans, Shankh, Nal, Vaataapi, Ilval, Namuchi, Khasoom, Anjan, Narak, Kaalnaabh, Paramaanu, Kalpveerya, and Danuvanshvivardhan.
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/3] says that they had 101 sons, among whom Raahu was the eldest, and the other 100 younger sons' names was Ketu. Later Raahu was given the status of planet by Brahmaa Jee.
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 8/4] says that Namuchi was Jambhaasur's brother.
--[MBH, 5-Udyog Parv-110]  says that Swarbhaanu was also known as Raahu.

VIRAADH - Raakshas, Son of Jab (Raakashas) and Shathadaa
--He was Tumbaru named Gandharv who was a great devotee of Lakshmee, but was born as a Raakshas as a result of Kuber's Shaap. Viraadh means "without love", and in another context "Verily adoring" like Raadhaa of Krishn. He used to adore Lakshmee, so when he saw Seetaa, he saw Lakshmee in Her and in adoration he lifted Her. But he could not recognize Raam and Lakshman because of their attire. They were in sage attire but were looking like warriors, and were with a woman so he got confused.
--He lived in Dandak Van. He was killed by Raam when they were roaming around in their exile period.

VIRAAT - King of Matsya Desh
Married to - Sudeshnaa
Children - 4 sons - Shwet, Shankh, Uttar
                1 daughter - Uttaraa (Married to Abhimanyu)
--His two sons Uttar and Shwet were killed by Bheeshm on 1st day of Mahaabhaarat war.
--His 3rd son Shankh was killed by Drone on 7th day.
--He had a brother named Shataaneek [MBH, G-6/24/14-5], who was killed by Shalya on 14th day of war.
--Matsya Desh later became Jayapur, Alavar and Bharatpur districts of Raajasthaan. Paandav lived here in Viraat's court incognito during their 13th year of exile. Viraat's daughter Uttaraa was married to Arjun's son Abhimanyu.

VIROCHAN - Daitya, 1 of the 4 sons of Prahlaad, Grandson of Hiranyakashyap
Married to - Devee
Children - 1 son - Bali
             - 1 daughter - Married to Vishwakarmaa
             - 1 son Kaalnemi (not sure)
--Atharv Ved, 8.10.22, also says that he was the son of Prahlaad.
--According to Chhaandogya Upanishad, he and Indra went to Brahmaa Jee to learn about Aatmaa.
--[Naarad Puraan, 2/7] says that Virochan's wife's name was Vishaalaakshee.
--He had a sister also who was married to Vishwakarmaa.
--His son Bali became a very great donor. He donated the whole Tri-Lok to Vishnu when He came in the form of Vaaman at his door and asked for three feet land.
--His two granddaughters (Bali's daughters), named Vajrajwaalaa, was married to Kumbhkarn; and Ratnmaalaa incarnated as Pootanaa who breastfed Krishn, attained the status of Vishnu's mother and went to His Lok.
--It is said that Kaalnemi was also the son of Virochan. He was born as Kans in Dwaapar Yug.

--She had a daughter named Mantharaa who was born to kill Prithvi, but Indra killed her.

VISHTI - Daughter of Vivaswaan (Soorya) and Chhaayaa
--Her look was very terrible so she became Kaal.

VISHNU - One of 12 Aaditya (born to Aditi and Kashyap)
Married to - Lakshmee (Daughter of Samudra)
Children - nnn


VISHOK - Soot, Charioteer of Bheemsen (2nd of 5 Paandav)

VISHOK - Prince of Kaikaya Kingdom
--He fought from Paandav's side. and was killed by Karn on 17th day of war. [Karn, 82]

VISHRAVAA - Maharshi, Son of Pulastya (1 of 10 Maanas Putra of Brahmaa)
--Married to - Idvidaa (Daughter of Trinbindu and Alambooshaa Apsaraa)
                      Kaikasee or Keshinee or (daughter of Raakshas Sumaalee and Sukeshee)
--Children - 1 son - Kuber (from Idvidaa)
                  3 sons - Raavan, Kumbhkarn, Vibheeshan (from Kaikasee)
                  1 daughter - Shoorpanakhaa (from Kaikasee)
--Pulastya Rishi named him Paulastya but he was popularly known as Vishravaa.
--[Agni Puraan, p 18] says that the name of his elder wife was Punyotkataa and Kuber was her son.
--[Padm Puraan, 4/1] says that his elder wife's name was Mandaakinee and her son was Kuber. It is not known that who was Mandaakinnee's father.
--[Bhavishya Puraan, 3/27] gives his elder wife's name as Ilvalaa instead of Idvidaa.
--[Padm Puraan, 5/40] says that his second wife Kaikasee was Sumaalee and Sukeshee's daughter.
--[V-Raamaayan, 7/1] The story of his birth is very strange. Once Pulastya Muni was doing Tap that many girls used to come there and disturb his Tapasyaa, so he announced that from tomorrow whoever will come here will get pregnant. All the girls heard it so they never came back near him, but King Trinbindu's daughter [Idvidaa] didn't know this so she came there as usual. She didn't see her friends, so she wandered around to look for them and according to Muni's words got pregnant. When she got back home, his father asked her, "What happened to you?" She said, "I don't know. As usual I went to play with my friends, but I couldn't find anyone so I was wandering searching them and I got pregnant." Trinbindu found out through Yog that it was because of Pulastya's Shaap. So he immediately went to him and offered his daughter to him. Pulastya readily accepted her. She started serving him. After some time Rishi got pleased with her services bestowed her with a son who was named as Paulastya or Vishravaa.
--[Aangiras, p 108] says that he had two wives - Devavarninee, the daughter of the Chief of the Yaksh tribe, who had the son Kuber. Because of being the son of Yaksh mother he was a Yaksh. The second wife was Kaikasee who was the daughter of Raakshas Sumaalee, that is why Raavan and his other brothers and sister were Raakshas.

VISHTI - Daughter of Soorya and Chhaayaa
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--Soorya had two wives - Sangyaa hand Chhaayaa. From Sangyaa he had three children - 2 sons Vaivaswat Manu, and a twin brother of Yamunaa - Yam and 1 twin daughter Yamunaa. From Chhaayaa he had 2 sons (Saavarni Manu and Shani) and 2 daughters (Taaptee and Vishti). Taaptee and Yamunaa became rivers. Later he had one twin sons from Sangyaa (when she was in a mare form) Ashwinee Kumaar.

VISHWAAMITRA - First king, then Maharshi. Son of king Gaadhi (Son of Kushik)
--Married to - Himaavatee
--Children - 1 son - Raivya
                - 1 son - Ashtak (from Yayaati's daughter Maadhavee) (see MBH-Stories-Gaalav)
                - 1 daughter - Shakuntalaa (from Menakaa Apsaraa, brought up by Kanv Rishi)
--Since he was born in Kaushik family, he is called Kaushik too.
--The same [V-Raamaayan, 1/10], Vishwaamitra, giving his own introduction, says that I am the son of Gaadhi. My lineage is - Brahmaa -> Kush -> Kushnaabh -> Gaadhi -> Vishwaamitra.
--Vishwaamitra's original name was Vishwarath. He had a grandson named Paravasu.
--King Gaadhi had a daughter Satyavatee who was married to Muni Richeek. Once Muni Richeek cooked Charu (a type of Kheer with rice and milk) for both, his wife Satyavatee and her mother, and asked his wife to give her mother's portion to her and went away to forest. But Satyavatee forgot which portion was her own and which portion was of her mother, so she gave her portion to her mother. When Richeek came back he got very sad at this. He said - "I put Brahmaa in your Charu and a Kshatriya in your mother's Charu, now it will be otherwise" - means that you will have a Kshatriya son and she will have a Braahman son. At this Satyavatee requested to change it, but he said that it could not be so. Then Satyavatee asked that she didn't want such son, her grandson might be like this. Richeek Muni said, "Let it be so". So Satyavatee gave birth to Maharshi Jamadagni (Parashuraam's father) and Gaadhi had Vishwarath who later became Braahman.
--[Aangiras, p 95] says that he ruled in Kaanyakubj country, Kannauj being its capital - a 4,000 year old city. Perhaps his grandfather Jahnu (who drank Gangaa water) was the founder of this kingdom.  It came to an end when Vishwaamitra decided to become a Braahman ascetic.
[Now where this Jahnu has come from?]
--At another place [p 344] Aangiras says the he lived during 2250-2150 BC years. Although he was a king but he chose to be a Brahmarshi and thus the kingdom ended with Gaadhi, his father. At the time he left the kingdom, the kingdom of Kaashe also became weak, this weakness gave rise to Dasyu (slave) in this region whose king Shambar captured the whole kingdom. Vishwaamitra became the priest in Sudaas' court in Saptsindhu. Upon his death, Vishwaamitra was succeeded by sage Vashishth. He and his descendents have contributed the entire 3rd Mandal of Rig Ved Sanhitaa. There are some incorrect statements about Vishwaamitra. First, he is shown as the contemporary of Shree Raam - while the fact is that he lived several generations before Raam. Second, Vishwaamitra is being mentioned as the father of Shakuntalaa - while the fact is that Vishwaamitra was a descendent of Dushyant and Shakuntalaa. Third, that Vishwaamitra and Vashishth were enemies. This is a wild imagination of some people who have written some portions of Puraan some 3,000 years after the time of Vishwaamitra. He wrote Saavitree (Gaayatree) Mantra. He uplifted Shoodra also. Once King Harishchandra wanted to give sacrifice of a boy Shunahshep, he saved his life and adopted him as his own son.
--Once he saw the glory of Brahmarshi Vashishth, since then he wished to become Brahmarshi. He did severe Tap several times and at last he was declared Brahmarshi by Brahmaa himself.
--During one Tap Indra disturbed him by sending Menakaa to him. She lived with him for ten years and they had a daughter Shakuntalaa. Menakaa could not live on Prithvi and Vishwaamitra's aim was to become Brahmarshi, so both left her uncared, then Kanv Rishi found her and brought her up. She was married to king Dushyant and had the son named Bharat.
--Once during his Tap, he met a king named Satyavrat who was looking for somebody who could send him to Swarg with his mortal body. Satyavrat's Guru was Vashishth with whom Vishwaamitra had an enmity. Vashishth refused to send him to Swarg like this, so when he met Vishwaamitra, Vishwaamitra agreed and sent him to Swarg with his mortal body. On Brahmaa's request he had to decline but he was not ready to get him on Prithvi so he hung between Swarg and Prithvi and thus named Trishanku.
--After he became Maharshi, just to oppose Vashishth, he tested king Harishchandra for his truth. He is called Kaushik also being the grandson of Kushik.

VISHWAAVASU - King of Gandharv
Married to - nnn
Children - 1 daughter - Pramad-vara (from Menakaa Apsaraa)
--Menakaa left her near Sthoolkesh's Aashram. He broughther up dearly, married her to Ruru, the son of Pramati and the grandson of Maharshi Chyavan.

VISHWAKARMAA - Son of Prabhaas (the 8th Vasu and Varastree, the sister of Brihaspati) - the architect of Devtaa. [Padm Puraan, Srishti Khand;  Vishnu Puraan, 1/9Bhavishya Puraan, 1/15]
Married to - Sister of Virochan [Bhavishya Puraan, 1/15]
Children - 4 sons - Ajaikpaad, Ahirbudhnya, Twashtaa, and Rudra 
                1 son - Nal who helped Raam while He fought with Raavan
                1 daughter - Sangyaa (Married to Soorya)
                1 daughter - Barhishmatee (Married to Priyavrat - Manu's son) [Bhaagvat Puraan, 5/1]
                1 daughter - Padmkomal (married to Shoorpadm)
--He is known as Twashtaa also.
--According to Bhaagvat Puraan 6/3, Daksh had 60 daughters. He married his 10 daughters to Dharm - Bhaanu, Lambaa, Kakubh, Jaami, Vishwaa, Saadhyaa, Marutwatee, Vasu, Muhoortaa and Sankalpaa. From among them Vasu had 8 sons - all were called Vasu. Their names were Drone, Praan, Dhruv, Ark, Agni, Dosh, Vasu, and Vibhaavasu. From among them Vasu's son was Vishwakarmaa (from his wife Aangirasee). Vishwakarmaa had Chaakshush Manu from his wife Kritee.
--Daksh had 60 daughters. He married 10 daughters to Dharm - one of them was Vasu. Vasu had 8 sons - all were called 8 Vasu - Aap, Dhruv, Som, Dharm, Anil (Vaayu), Anal (Agni), Pratyoosh and  Prabhaas. So he was one of the Vasu's son.
--He made Vajra out of Dadheechi's bones for Indra to kill Vritraasur;
--He built Lankaa Nagaree, for Maalyavaan, Sumaalee, Maalee, all in gold,  on Trikoot mountain.
--He built Amaraavatee for Indra, Sutal Lok (where Bali went to live).
--He built Royal Court for Yudhishthir on the request of Krishn.
--He built Dwaarakaa Puree on the request of Krishn.
--He built Kaamod Pur, near Haridwaar. [Padm Puraan, 2/15]


VISHWAROOP - Son of Twashtaa and Rachanaa (Daitya's younger sister)
Children - 1 daughter - Panchjanee (Married to Jadbharat)
--He was the son of Twashtaa who was one of the 12 Aaditya.
--Bhaagvat Puraan, 6/5 says that he had three heads, from one mouth he drank Som Ras, from the second mouth he drank wine and from his third mouth he ate food. Once Brihaspati got angry with Indra, so Indra appointed Twashtaa's son Vishwaroop as their Guru. But when he used to do Yagya he used to give Aahuti to Asur also, because his mother was from Asur family, that is why he used to offer a share to Asur also in his Yagya. Indra noticed that, he got frightened and he swiftly cut his all the three heads. Vishwaroop's head which used to drink Somras became Papeehaa, the head which used to drink wine became Gauraiyaa, and the head which used to eat food became Teetar [all three are Indian birds].

VISHWEDEV - Devtaa, Son of Vishweshaa (Daughter of Brahmaa, Wife of Dharm) [Padm Puraan, 1/23] --Brahmaa produced 5 women also besides 10 sons who became Prajaapati. These five women were Lakshmee, Saadhyaa, Vishweshaa, Devee and Saraswatee. He gave all of them to Dharm.
--Lakshmee produced Som.
--Saadhyaa produced Saadhya named Devtaa. Their names are - (1) Bhav, (2) Prabhav, (3) Krishaaashwa, (4) Suvaha, (5) Arun, (6) Varun, (7) Vishwaamitra, (8) Chal, (9) Dhruv, (10) Havishmaan, (11) Tanooj, (12) Vidhaan, (13) Abhimat, (14) Vatsar, (15) Bhooti, (16) Sarvaasurnishoodan, (17) Suparvaa, (18) Brihatkaant, and (19) Mahaaloknamaskrit.
--Devee (Vasu) produced Vasu named Devtaa who followed Devtaa.
Vishweshaa produced Vishwedev Devtaa. These Vishwedev Devtaa are 10 in number - (1) Daksh, (2) Pushkar, (3) Chaakshush Manu, (4) Mahorag, (5) Vishwaanug, (6) Vasu, (7) Baal, (8) Nishkal, (9) Rurud, and (10) Bhaaskar.
--According to [Bhavishya Puraan, 1/17], they are 10 in number (but other Puraan give their number as 10, 12, or 13); and their names are given like thus - Kratu, Daksh, Vasu, Satya, Kaal, Kaam, Dhriti, Kuru, Shankumaatra, and Vaaman.

VIVASWAAN      see      SOORYA

VRIDDHKSHATRA - King of Sindhu Desh
Married to - nnn
Children - 1 son - Jayadrath (Married to Dushalaa - Daughter of Dhritraashtra of Gaandhaaree)
--Vriddhkshatra got his son from Shiv after a severe Tap. So he asked Shiv to give him a Var more that his son should be killed only by some prominent warrior in the battlefield. But he was not satisfied with this so he himself gave Var to him that "whoever will cause your head to fall on ground, his own head will splinter into hundred pieces."
--That is why when Arjun killed him, he let it fall in Vriddhkshatra's lap. As he was doing evening worship, he didn't know that his son's head had fallen in his lap. As he rose the head fell on the ground, and his own head was splintered into hundred pieces.

VRIKODAR     see   BHEEM (the 2nd Paandav)

VRIKRATH - Son of Adhirath, Brother of Karn
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--Drone, 156 mentions his name as Karn's brother.


VRINDAA - Daughter of King Keder     see also    Tulasee
Married to - Shankhchood
Children - nnn
--Vrindaa's husband Shankhchood was very cruel and Vishnu wanted to kill him, but Vrindaa was a Satee woman, so because of her Sateetwa, He could not kill him directly. Then He had to assume Raakshas' form and break her Sateetwa. When Vrindaa came to know about this, she gave Shaap to Vishnu, "You become black stone." Vishnu accepted the Shaap and said - "You gave me Shapp, I accepted it, now you must accept my Var, "I will not accept anything without you. You will become Tulasee plant and will grow abundantly in forest and I will come and stay there for some time. That forest will be called Vrindaa van on your name." That is why Vishnu's Prasaad needs Tulasee, even only Tulasee is all right for His Prasaad. When He came as Krishn He stayed in Vrindaa Van for some time.
--It is believed that she was born in Vrindaavan and was a fast friend of Raadhaa. Her father is Chandrabhaanu, her mother is Phullar Devee. Her husband is Maheepaal and her sister is Manjaree Devee. She always remains in Vrindaa Van.
--The residence of Nand Jee is on Nandeeshwar Hills, while Vrindaa Kund is at the foot of the Nandeeshwar Hills.


Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--Killed by Krishn. His name was Arishtaasur also. Since he came to kill Krishn assuming the form of Vrishabh (bull), he is called Vishabhaasur also.

VRISHKETU - Son of Karn
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn

VRISHPARVAA - Daitya, Son of Kashyap and Danu
Married to - nnn
Children - 3 daughters - [Vishnu Puraan, 1/13] says
                    (1) Sharmishthaa (went to king Yayaati as a maid of Devayaanee when she was
                     married to king Yayaati according to Devayaanee's condition) 
                     (2) Upadaanee, and (3) Hayashiraa
--Danu had 100 sons, among them Viprachitti was the eldest and her other mightiest sons were Dwimoordhaa, Shambar, Ayomukh, Shankushiraa, Kapil, Shankar, Ekchakra, Mahhaabaahu, Taarak, Mahaabal, Swarbhaanu, Vrishparvaa, Pulom, Viprachitti, Vaishwaanar etc
--[Padm Puraan, 1/7]  says that he had two daughters - Sharmishthaa and Chandraa.
--[Agni Puraan, 7] says that Hayashiraa was Upadaanav's daughter, not of Vishparvaa.

VRISHSEN - Son of Karn
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--Killed by Arjun.

--He was the counselor of Dhritraashtra and was killed in war by Bheem.

VRITRAASUR - Asur, Born from Yagya    see also    CHITRAKETU,   TWASHTAA
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--He was living in the beginning of Tretaa Yug of the first Chatur-Yug of the first Manvantar - Vaivaswat Manvantar.
--Twashtaa (1 of 12 Aaditya) produced him through a Yagya to take the revenge from Indra - the killing of his son Vishwaroop.
--He was killed by Indra through his Vajra made by Dadheechi's bones.

VYAAS      see     VED VYAAS

VYOMAASUR - Daanav, Son of Maya Daanav [Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/p12]
--One day Krishn was playing hide and seek with His friends. At that time Vyomaasur came in the form of a Gwaal Baal. As he himself was a skilled Maayaavee (creator of Maayaa), so he played as a thief and took many children playing as sheep. he threw them in a cave and covered the door of the cave with a large rock. When Krishn came to know this, then next time when he was taking the children, Krishn caught him. On being caught, Vyomaasur showed his real form, but Bhagavaan caught him so tightly that he could not escape and He killed him by twisting his neck. Then Krishn went to the cave and brought all children back.

YAAGYAVALKYA - Rishi, Son of Vaajsaneya
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--He is the contributor to Shukla Yajur Ved which is also called Vaajsaneyee Sanhitaa. He contributed to Shatapath Braahman and Brihadaaranyak Upanishad. He is believed to live around 1000 BC.
--In the Shesh Dharm of Mahaabhaarat, during the discourse between Bheeshm and Yudhishthir, it is said that sage Yaagyavalkya Jee had three sons - Chandrakaant, Mahaamedhaa and Vijaya. Later, these three three Braahman became Khar, Dooshan, and Trishiraa Raakshas by the curse of Shiv Jee and were released from their Shaap by Raam.

YADU - Prince, Son of Yayaati and Devayaanee
--Married to - nnn
--Children - nnn
--When Yayaati took Sharmishthaa (his mother's maid) to his bed and Devayaanee got angry, she went to her father. Shukra said to Yayaati - "I told you not to take any other woman to your bed, then why did you do it?" Yayaati gave justification for that but Shukra did not consider it proper and gave Shaap to him - "Go and become very ugly looking old." Yayaati said - "It will affect your daughter also." Then Shukra relaxed it saying that he could exchange it with somebody if the other person is ready to take it. Yayaati asked his eldest son Yadu, he refused it bluntly. Then Yayaati gave him Shaap that there will not be any king in his lineage.
--Krishn was born in his lineage only.

YAM RAAJ - Devtaa of Death, Son of Soorya and Sangyaa (Daughter of Vishwakarmaa), Brother of Shanaishchar and Yamunaa
Married to - Urmilaa
Children - Suneethaa (married to King Ang)
--Soorya had two wives - Sangyaa and Chhaayaa. From Sangyaa he had three children - 2 sons Vaivaswat Manu, and a twin brother of Yamunaa - Yam and 1 twin daughter Yamunaa. From Chhaayaa he had 2 sons (Saavarni Manu and Shani) and 2 daughters (Taaptee and Vishti). Taaptee and Yamunaa became rivers. Later he had one twin sons from Sangyaa (when she was in a mare form) Ashwinee Kumaar.
--Padm Puraan, p 15, says that Yam's wife's name is Dhoomornaa.
--Once Yam Raaj developed Vairaagya (detachment), so he went to Pushkar Jee and did Tapsyaa for 100 years subsisting on fruits, foam and air and pleased Brahmaa Jee and asked for the status of Lokpaal, the kingdom of Pitar Lok and caretaker of the Universe. Soorya and Chhaayaa's son Shanaishchar also got the status of a planet because of his Tap.
--He rules the southern direction and is the Lord of the manes, and the ruler of departed souls.

YAMALAARJUN - Yaksh, Sons of Kuber
--Once Kuber's two sons - Nalkoobar  and his brother Manigreev were enjoying in a pond with many Apsaraa after drinking Suraa, that Naarad Jee passed from that side. Apsaraa put on their clothes but Kuber's sons did not, so Naarad Jee gave them Shaap - "You are so proud of your wealth that you stood naked in front of a Rishi, you both become tree." On their request he told that when Krishn would take Avataar on Prithvi, He will bring them into their original bodies. Together they were known as Yamalaarjun. So when Vishnu came on Preithvi as krishn, He freed them from Vriksh Yoni.

YAMUNAA - River, Daughter of Soorya, Sister of Shanaishchar and Yam Raaj
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--Soorya had two wives - Sangyaa and Chhaayaa. From Sangyaa he had three children - 2 sons Vaivaswat Manu, and a twin brother of Yamunaa - Yam and 1 twin daughter Yamunaa. From Chhaayaa he had 2 sons (Saavarni Manu and Shani) and 2 daughters (Taaptee and Vishti). Taaptee and Yamunaa became rivers. Later he had one twin sons from Sangyaa (when she was in a mare form) Ashwinee Kumaar.
--[Padm Puraan, 4/16] says "Kalind's daughter Yamunaa".

YASHODAA - Wife of Nand Jee
Married to - Nand Jee
Children - No child of her own
--Later she brought up Vasudev and Devakee's son Krishn as her own for 12 years.
--[Bhaagvat Puraan, 10/p4] says that Nand Jee was a Vasu in his previous life. His name was Drone and his wife's name was Dharaa. To obey Brahmaa Jee's orders, he said - "When we are born on Prithvi, we should have unlimited Bhakti in Krishn Bhagavaan." Brahmaa Jee said - "So be it." So both of them came on Prithvi as Nand and Yashodaa.

YAYAATI - King, Son of Nahush
Married to - Devayaanee (Shukraachaarya's daughter)
Children - 2 sons - Yadu, Turvasu (from Devayaanee)
                3 sons - Druhyu, Anu, Puru (from Sharmishthaa - Vrishparvaa's daughter who came along
                        with Devayaanee as her maid according to her condition)
                 1 daughter - Maadhavee (He gave this daughter to Muni Gaalav, since he did not have the
                      horses he wanted - see also  Story of Gaalav. She had four sons from four different kings)
--How he was married to both? Once he was on hunting trip that he felt thirsty and looked for a well. He saw a well, came near it in search of water but found somebody crying for help. He took the girl out. She was without clothes, so he gave her own cloth to cover her body. She was Devayaanee. She requested him to marry her, he married her. Devayaanee brought Sharmishthaa as her maid. Shukra warned him not to take anybody else to his bed.
--When Devayaanee had one son, Sharmishthaa also expressed him her desire to have child. Yayaati fulfilled her desire. Seeing this Devayaanee returned to her father. Shukra asked Yayaati as why did he take a maid to his bed. Shukra didn't agree to his justification and gave him Shaap to be an ugly old man. Yayaati also warned him that it would affect his daughter too. At this Shukra relaxed his Shaap that he could exchange his old age to young age if somebody is ready. He asked his all the sons but nobody got ready to exchange his youth with his old age. Ultimately his youngest son Pooru gave his youth to his father in exchange of his old age. He appointed him as the king after him.
--[Padm Puraan, 2/13] gives some other story of his old age and going to Swarg; and his sons' names - Turu, Yadu, Kuru, and Pooru - the youngest son from Sharmishthaa.
--When Yayaati went to Swarg, one day he was sitting in Indra's court, that Indra asked - "Who is the best man in your kingdom. Yayaati innocently said - "I am the best." Indra got angry at this statement and said - "There is no place for the people who self-praise, in our Swarg." And Indra pushed Yayaati out of Swarg Lok. Now, fortunately he fell where his daughter Maadhavee's four sons were doing Yagya. So all of them gave him their Punya and sent him Swarg again.
--He has also contributed some hymns to Rig Ved Sanhitaa.

YUDHAAJIT - Prince of Kaikaya Desh, Kaikeyee's brother
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--He was the Maamaa (maternal uncle) of Bharat. He came to take Bharat after he got married.

YUDHAAMANYU - Prince, 1 of 10 sons of Drupad
--His other brothers were - (1) Shikhandee, (2) Dhrishtdyumn (killed by Ashwatthaamaa in sleep on 18th day), (3) Uttamaujaa, (4) Kumaar (Drone, 16), (5) Surath (Drone, 155, killed by Ashwatthaamaa on 14th day), (6) Shatrunjaya (Drone, 155, killed by Ashwatthaamaa on 14th day), (7) Janamejaya (Drone, 166), (8) Satyajit (Drone, 21, killed by Drone on 12th day), (9) Kshaatradev (Drone, 21, killed by Drone on 12th day)
--He was one of the guards of Yudhishthir in Mahaabhaarat war.
--He was killed by Drone on 12th day of the war while he was guarding Yudhishthir from being captured by Drone. Arjun was away with Sansaptak. (MBH, Drone 21)

YUDHISHTHIR - King, 1st of 5 Paandav. Son of Dharm Raaj and Kuntee
Married to - 2 wives - Draupadee and Yaudheyee
Children - 2 sons - Prativindhya (from Draupadee); Devak (from Yaudheyee)
--He was called "Ajaatshatru" also.
--He had an other wife also named Yaudheyee, from her he had a son named Devak. But [MBH, G-1/2] says that his wife's name was Devikaa, daughter of Govaasan of Shaibya tribe and had the son named Yaudheya.
--It is said that, because he always spoke truth, his chariot used to run four finger above the earth, but since he told a lie in war, "Ashwatthaamaa is killed in battle", his chariot used to run on the ground.


YUYUTSU - Prince, Son of Dhritrashtra and his Vaishya wife
Married to - nnn
Children - nnn
--He defected his brothers Kaurav and fought with them from Paandav's side. It happened just in the beginning of starting the war. When Yudhishthir returned to his army after getting blessings of his elders, he announced if anybody else wanted to fight for him, he could join him now. Then Yuyutsu joined his army.
--He was very brave. Many angry kings wanted to kill him, so he fought with them at Baaranaavat, but he could not be defeated by them.



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