[Advaita-l] Re: Thanks

Anbu sivam2 anbesivam2 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 15 21:10:56 CDT 2006

Thanks a lot Vidyasankarji for the info.  Much appreciated.


On 10/15/06, Vidyasankar Sundaresan <svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:
> >Thank you Vidyasankarji for the succession story of Mahabharata.  You
> have
> >written "Santanu, father of bhIshma, was the second prince. His elder
> >brother, devApi, had renounced the world at a young age."  I am
> interested
> >to know more about this prince DevApi brother of Santanu.  Could you
> please
> >enlighten me.
> The mahAbhArata has very brief descriptions of devApi. The kuru dynasty
> king
> pratIpa had three sons, devApi, valhika and Santanu. In the Adi parva of
> the
> mahAbhArata, it is merely stated that devApi went to the forest as a
> hermit
> at a young age, while valhika became the king of the western kingdom of
> valhika. In a later parva, dhRtarAshTra gives duryodhana a more detailed
> account. pratIpa wanted to name devApi as the crown prince, but his
> ministers advised him against it, because devApi had some skin disease and
> a
> king was supposed to be blemishless in body. Upon hearing this, devApi
> decided to renounce his claim arising from first birth and went away to
> the
> forest. valhika inherited his maternal grandfather's kingdom of valhika.
> Thus, Santanu inherited pratIpa's kingdom.
> Regards,
> Vidyasankar
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