Sri Rama’s Ancestor, Vaivasvata Manu was a Dravidian King : Srimad Bhagavatam

Source for slokas : Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 9.1.2-3

yo ‘sau satyavrato nāma, rājarṣir draviḍeśvaraḥ

jñānaḿ yo ‘tīta-kalpānte, lebhe puruṣa-sevayā

sa vai vivasvataḥ putro, manur āsīd iti śrutam

tvattas tasya sutāḥ proktā, ikṣvāku-pramukhā

Translation

yaḥ asau — he who was known; satyavrataḥ — Satyavrata; nāma — by the name;

rāja-ṛṣiḥ — the saintly king; draviḍa-īśvaraḥ — the ruler (lord, master) of the Draviḍa countries;

jñānam — knowledge; yaḥ — one who; atīta-kalpa-ante — at the end of the last kalpa,  lebhe — received;

puruṣa-sevayā — by rendering service to the Purusha;  saḥ — he; vai — indeed; vivasvataḥ — of Vivasvān; putraḥ — son; manuḥ āsīt — was  the Vaivasvata Manu;

iti — thus; śrutam — I have already heard;

tvattaḥ — from you;

tasya — his; sutāḥ — sons; proktāḥ — have been explained;

ikṣvāku-pramukhāḥ — headed by Ikṣvāku; nṛpāḥ — many kings.

That saintly king and ruler (king) of the Dravida Countries who was known by the name of Satyavrata, at the end of the last kalpa (before the Pralaya) .. received knowledge by service to The Purusha, he indeed was Vaivaswata Manu, the son of Vivaswan, his sons have been proclaimed as the kings, famous as the Ikshvakus.

What this implies : The divine and dark Sri Rama, who was a descendant of Ikshvaku was the descendant of the Dravida King, Satyavrata Manu. This fits in with the time of Sri Rama, the Vedas and the late arrival of Aryans into India.

vivasvataḥ — of Vivasvānputraḥ — son; manuḥ āsīt was Manu”

The people who support the Aryan theory translate the words Manuh Asit differently. Instead of saying “Was Manu”, they interpret this as “became manu” or was ” reborn as manu” – this is a case of retrofitting translations on a pre-concieved theory).

Satyavrata Manu moved north with Vasishtha and the other Saptarishis as well as one of his sons Ikshvaku, who established Ayodhya after the flood waters had receded. He was also known as Vaiwasvatha Manu and Sraddha. His other sons stayed back and survived with the help of Ganesha and Uma. (Pralaya Katha Vinayaka and Mata: Kruta Yuga Flood Narrations)

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It is highly ironic that some Dravidians disown Sri Rama who is one of their own while the Aryans claim him, when they came to India several millenia after Sri Rama. Such indeed is life!

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