Tamil Kings In Mahabharata


Tamil and Sanatana Dharma are so intermingled that one finds numerous references to The Tamils and  Tamil Kings in the Rig Veda, Ramayana, Mahabharata and other Puranas.

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Ramayana Mahabhrata Dynastie. Click to Enlarge.

I have written quite a few articles on this.

The Chola Kings trace their ancestry to the Solar Dynasty.

Chera King Udiyan Cheralaathan fed both the Kaurava and Pandya armies.

Krishna killed a Pandyan King(5:48)

Chera and Chola Kings were defeated by Krishna (7:11)

King Sarangathdwaja wanted to attack Dwaraka to avenge his father’s Death, the Pandya King,  after obtaining weapons from Bhisma, Drona, Balarama and Kripa.

However wiser counsel prevailed and he dropped the idea.

Later he fought alongside the side of the Pandavas against Drona(7:23).

He was rate as an Athiratha by Bhishma( (5,172)

When the mighty Pandya, that foremost of all wielder of weapons, has been slain in battle by the Pandavas, what can it be but destiny?(9:2)

Pandya, who dwelt on the coast-land near the sea, came accompanied by troops of various kinds to Yudhishthira, the king of kings (5:19). There hath come Pandya. Remarkably heroic and endued with prowess and energy that have no parallel, he is devoted to the Pandava cause. (5:22).

Pandya was  in the Rajasuya ceremony of Pandava King Yudhisthira.

 

The Kings of Chera and Pandya, brought numberless jars of gold filled with fragrant sandal juice from the hills of Malaya, and loads of sandal and aloe wood from the Dardduras hills, and many gems of great brilliancy and fine cloths inlaid with gold.

Singhalas gave those best of sea-born gems called the lapis lazuli, and heaps of pearls also, and hundreds of coverlets for elephants (2:51).(2:36,43).

Draupadi Swayamvara.

Pandya King took part in the  event Panchala princess Draupadi’s Swayamvara (MBh 1:189)

 

 

 

Lunar Dynasty India Chandra Vamsa of Mahabharata List


Indian legends speak of two dynasties that ruled India, Surya, Solar and Chandra Vamsa, Lunar Dynasty.

 

Lord Rama belonged to Ikshvaku of Surya or Lunar Dynasty while the Kauravas and Pandavas belonged to Lunar Dynasty or Chandra Vamsa.

 

However, Vivaswan, the father of Vaivaswatha Manu of Solar Dynasty has been identified as Surya Deva (The Sun).

Chandra is said to to be a son of Atri Maharshi, (a son of Brahma) or of the ocean (Ksheera Sagara Mathanam).

Chandra’s son Budha married Ila the daughter of Vaivaswata Manu and their son Pururavas inherited Pratishthanapura.

 

Both these dynasties are related.

 

The Tamil Dynasty of Cholas descended from the Solar Dynasty of Rama while Pandyas from the Chandra Vamsa, Lunar Dynasty.

 

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Chandra Vamsa , Lunar dynasty of India. Click to enlarge.

 

Ganesha With 1010 Mark By Pandavas Alwar Shiva Temple


One does not find marks on the Deities of Hinduism except Vibhuthi,Tiruman or Kumkum in the forehead.

 

There is a temple in Alwar,Rajasthan, where the Ganesha Idol has number ‘1010’ marked.

 

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Ganesha.

 

This is assumed to have been the year the temple was built.

 

The Shiva Temple in Alwar , legend has it, that it was built by the Pandavas and the outer walls were built by Raja Jai Singh .

 

This Temple is declared as a Protected site by The Archeological Survey of India,

 

“It is also believed that the temple was built by the Pandavas. The popular religious belief tells us that Lord Shiva opposed Raja Jai Singh’s army from conquering this land. It actually prompted the king to offer his prayers to the Lord. He also took the decision of appointing priests to offer regular worship in the temple. As a part of it, a lam would always burn in the honor of Lord Shiva. On visiting the temple, you will also be able to see small, oval shaped structures in front of the temple. These mark the graces of the various priests who were appointed for worshipping the Lord. It will be a unique experience to see those graves at the foot of the stairs of the temple.”

 

How To reach Alwar.

Airport.New Delhi,133Km.Sanganeer 113 Km.

Alwar Junction.connected well with the rest of India.

Bus Station.Alwar.

Shiva Let Milk Flow For Aswathama Tapkeshwar Shiva


Three is a Temple for Lord Shiva, where Dronacharya resided and where Aswathama was born.

 

Lord Shiva let Milk flow for Aswatahama.

 

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Aswathama,Tapkeshwar Tempel.

 

The Pandavas worshiped Shiva here.

 

The Shiva Linga here has water dripping down on it through out the year.

 

The Tapkeshwar Mahadev  cave temple is built upon the banks of a Dehradun seasonal river.

 

From Dehradoon main city , this temple  is located ~ 5.50 km away towards Garhi Cantonment area .

 

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Shiva,Tapkeshwar.

 

The name  ” Tapkeshwar ” is due to a reason that inside the cave  , a steady drop of water falls from the ceiling on the top of the shivlinga.

 

According to a story  Rishi Dhrona’s son Ashwathama  Birth took place at this place .

 

Lord Shiva made milk flow from this cave for Ashwathama . Mahrishi Vyasa also after very hard worship of Lord Shiva , got the  boon of  “Amaratwa ”  here.

 

Dronacharya was very poor and he had even a Cow to provide milk for His son Aswathama.

 

Drona went and met his class mate and friend King Draupada, father of Draupadi, and requested for wealth.

 

Draupada insulted Drona saying that a poor Brahmin can never be a friend of a king and sent Drona back.

 

Drona came home desolate.

 

He  could not provide Milk for the Child Aswathama.

 

Aswathama cried near the Shiva Linga and his tears fell on the Shiva Linga.

 

Shiva then let Milk flow for the child.

 

How To reach.

 

Airport.Dehradun.

 

Railway Station.Dehradun.

 

Bus Station.Dehradun.

 

Dehradun, Uttarkhand is well-connected by Air, Train and Bus with the rest of India,

 

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Balarama Worships Muruga In South Visits Pandyas


Here is yet another proof that the South was a part of Sanatana Dharma, Aryan Dravidian Theory is a myth and the people of North India and South India were a part of the Glorious Bharatavarsha.

 

Rama’s marriage was  graced by the Kings of South India.

 

 

Damayanti’s Swayamwara had Tamil Kings presence.

 

Lord Krishna married a Pandya Princess.

 

Arjuna went on a pilgrimage to South and married a Pandya princess.

 

Chola and Pandya Kings fought on the side of Pandavas in The Mahabharata War.

 

Chera King fed both the Kaurava and Pandava armies and performed Sraddha , Obsequies for those killed in the war.

 

The Vedas mention Lord Muruga as Skanda.

 

Lord Balarama on a Pilgrimage to South met and worshiped Murugan in Mahendragiri, now in Tirunelveli Disrict.(This Mahendragiri is a different one from the one from in Odisha.

 

He also met Parashurama there.

 

It may be note that Parashurama was born in Treta Youga and was elder to Lord Rama and a Chiranjeevi, Immortal.

 

Balarama also met Sage Agastya, visited Kanyakumari

 

and worshiped Durga.

 

The place he visited Muruga is Valliyur, 30 km from Tirunelveli,Tamil Nadu.

 

Sri Balarama’s pilgrimage (Mahabharata 9 – Shalya Parva)

“Then, given leave by the sages, the Lord went with a contingent of brahmanas to the Kausiki River, where He bathed. From there He went to the lake from which flows the river Sarayu.

“The Lord followed the course of the Sarayu until He came to Prayaga, where He bathed and then performed rituals to propitiate the demigods and other living beings. Next He went to the asrama of Pulaha Rsi. [also known as Hari-ksetra]

“Lord Balarama bathed in the Gomati, Gandaki and Vipasa rivers, and also immersed Himself in the Sona. He went to Gaya, where He worshiped His forefathers, and to the mouth of the Ganges, where He performed purifying ablutions. At Mount Mahendra He saw Lord Parasurama and offered Him prayers, and then He bathed in the seven branches of the Godavari River, and also in the rivers Vena, Pampa and Bhimarathi. Then Lord Balarama met Lord Skanda and visited Sri Saila, the abode of Lord Girisa. In the southern provinces known as Dravida-desa the Supreme Lord saw the sacred Venkata Hill, as well as the cities of Kamakosni and Kanci, the exalted Kaveri River and the most holy Sri-ranga, where Lord Krsna has manifested Himself. From there He went to Rsabha Mountain, where Lord Krsna also lives, and to the southern Mathura. Then He came to Setubandha, where the most grievous sins are destroyed.

“There at Setubandha (Ramesvaram) Lord Halayudha gave brahmanas ten thousand cows in charity. He then visited the Krtamala and Tamraparni rivers and the great Malaya Mountains. In the Malaya range Lord Balarama found Agastya Rsi sitting in meditation. After bowing down to the sage, the Lord offered him prayers and then received blessings from him. Taking leave from Agastya, He proceeded to the shore of the southern ocean, where He saw Goddess Durga in her form of Kanya-kumari.

“Next He went to Phalguna-tirtha and bathed in the sacred Pancapsara Lake, where Lord Visnu had directly manifested Himself. At this place He gave away another ten thousand cows.

“The Supreme Lord then traveled through the kingdoms of Kerala and Trigarta, visiting Lord Siva’s sacred city of Gokarna, where Lord Dhurjati (Siva) directly manifests himself. After also visiting Goddess Parvati, who dwells on an island, Lord Balarama went to the holy district of Surparaka and bathed in the Tapi, Payosni and Nirvindhya rivers. He next entered the Dandaka forest and went to the river Reva, along which the city of Mahismati is found. Then He bathed at Manu-tirtha and finally returned to Prabhasa.” (SB 10.79.9-21)

 

Citation.

 

Bhagavatham.