: Åukadeva GosvÄmÄ« said: The most prominent among the sons of MÄndhÄtÄ was he who is celebrated as AmbarÄ«á¹£a. AmbarÄ«á¹£a was accepted as son by his grandfather YuvanÄÅva. AmbarÄ«á¹£aâs son was YauvanÄÅva, and YauvanÄÅvaâs son was HÄrÄ«ta. In MÄndhÄtÄâs dynasty, AmbarÄ«á¹£a, HÄrÄ«ta and YauvanÄÅva were very prominent.
: The serpent brothers of NarmadÄ gave NarmadÄ to Purukutsa. Being sent by VÄsuki, she took Purukutsa to the lower region of the universe.
: There in RasÄtala, the lower region of the universe, Purukutsa, being empowered by Lord Viá¹£á¹u, was able to kill all the Gandharvas who deserved to be killed. Purukutsa received the benediction from the serpents that anyone who remembers this history of his being brought by NarmadÄ to the lower region of the universe will be assured of safety from the attack of snakes.
: The son of Purukutsa was Trasaddasyu, who was the father of Anaraá¹ya. Anaraá¹yaâs son was HaryaÅva, the father of PrÄruá¹a. PrÄruá¹a was the father of Tribandhana.
: The son of Tribandhana was Satyavrata, who is celebrated by the name TriÅaá¹
ku. Because he kidnapped the daughter of a brÄhmaá¹a when she was being married, his father cursed him to become a caá¹á¸Äla, lower than a ÅÅ«dra. Thereafter, by the influence of ViÅvÄmitra, he went to the higher planetary system, the heavenly planets, in his material body, but because of the prowess of the demigods he fell back downward. Nonetheless, by the power of ViÅvÄmitra, he did not fall all the way down; even today he can still be seen hanging in the sky, head downward.
: The son of TriÅaá¹
ku was HariÅcandra. Because of HariÅcandra there was a quarrel between ViÅvÄmitra and Vasiá¹£á¹ha, who for many years fought one another, having been transformed into birds.
: HariÅcandra had no son and was therefore extremely morose. Once, therefore, following the advice of NÄrada, he took shelter of Varuá¹a and said to him, âMy lord, I have no son. Would you kindly give me one?â
: O King ParÄ«ká¹£it, HariÅcandra begged Varuá¹a, âMy lord, if a son is born to me, with that son I shall perform a sacrifice for your satisfaction.â When HariÅcandra said this, Varuá¹a replied, âLet it be so.â Because of Varuá¹aâs benediction, HariÅcandra begot a son named Rohita.
: Thereafter, when the child was born, Varuá¹a approached HariÅcandra and said, âNow you have a son. With this son you can offer me a sacrifice.â In answer to this, HariÅcandra said, âAfter ten days have passed since an animalâs birth, the animal becomes fit to be sacrificed.â
: After ten days, Varuá¹a came again and said to HariÅcandra, âNow you can perform the sacrifice.â HariÅcandra replied, âWhen an animal grows teeth, then it becomes pure enough to be sacrificed.â
: When the teeth grew, Varuá¹a came and said to HariÅcandra, âNow the animal has grown teeth, and you can perform the sacrifice.â HariÅcandra replied, âWhen all its teeth have fallen out, then it will be fit for sacrifice.â
: When the teeth had fallen out, Varuá¹a returned and said to HariÅcandra, âNow the animalâs teeth have fallen out, and you can perform the sacrifice.â But HariÅcandra replied, âWhen the animalâs teeth grow in again, then he will be pure enough to be sacrificed.â
: When the teeth grew in again, Varuá¹a came and said to HariÅcandra, âNow you can perform the sacrifice.â But HariÅcandra then said, âO King, when the sacrificial animal becomes a ká¹£atriya and is able to shield himself to fight with the enemy, then he will be purified.â
: HariÅcandra was certainly very much attached to his son. Because of this affection, he asked the demigod Varuá¹a to wait. Thus Varuá¹a waited and waited for the time to come.
: Rohita could understand that his father intended to offer him as the animal for sacrifice. Therefore, just to save himself from death, he equipped himself with bow and arrows and went to the forest.
: When Rohita heard that his father had been attacked by dropsy due to Varuá¹a and that his abdomen had grown very large, he wanted to return to the capital, but King Indra forbade him to do so.
: King Indra advised Rohita to travel to different pilgrimage sites and holy places, for such activities are pious indeed. Following this instruction, Rohita went to the forest for one year.
: In this way, at the end of the second, third, fourth and fifth years, when Rohita wanted to return to his capital, the King of heaven, Indra, approached him as an old brÄhmaá¹a and forbade him to return, repeating the same words as in the previous year.
: Thereafter, in the sixth year, after wandering in the forest, Rohita returned to the capital of his father. He purchased from AjÄ«garta his second son, named Åunaá¸¥Åepha. Then he offered Åunaá¸¥Åepha to his father, HariÅcandra, to be used as the sacrificial animal and offered HariÅcandra his respectful obeisances.
: Thereafter, the famous King HariÅcandra, one of the exalted persons in history, performed grand sacrifices by sacrificing a man and pleased all the demigods. In this way his dropsy created by Varuá¹a was cured.
: In that great human sacrifice, ViÅvÄmitra was the chief priest to offer oblations, the perfectly self-realized Jamadagni had the responsibility for chanting the mantras from the Yajur Veda, Vasiá¹£á¹ha was the chief brahminical priest, and the sage AyÄsya was the reciter of the hymns of the SÄma Veda.
: King Indra, being very pleased with HariÅcandra, offered him a gift of a golden chariot. Åunaá¸¥Åephaâs glories will be presented along with the description of the son of ViÅvÄmitra.
: The great sage ViÅvÄmitra saw that MahÄrÄja HariÅcandra, along with his wife, was truthful, forbearing and concerned with the essence. Thus he gave them imperishable knowledge for fulfillment of the human mission.
: MahÄrÄja HariÅcandra first purified his mind, which was full of material enjoyment, by amalgamating it with the earth. Then he amalgamated the earth with water, the water with fire, the fire with the air, and the air with the sky. Thereafter, he amalgamated the sky with the total material energy, and the total material energy with spiritual knowledge. This spiritual knowledge is realization of oneâs self as part of the Supreme Lord. When the self-realized spiritual soul is engaged in service to the Lord, he is eternally imperceptible and inconceivable. Thus established in spiritual knowledge, he is completely freed from material bondage.