Raivata

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Raivata Kakudmin:

Raivata Kakudmin was the king of Kusasthali. Raivata’s father was Revata and his father was Anarta. Anarta’s sister was Sukanya (Cyavana’s wife) and their father was Saryati, whose father was Vaivaswatha Manu. Vaiwaswatha is/was the son of Vivaswan. Vivaswan is another name for Surya Deva. (In the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna says that He taught Vivaswan, in a previous)

(This Raivata, was NOT Raivata Manu, (the 5th Manu), who was the son of Priyavarta.)

Balarama married Raivatha’s daughter:

Raivata Kakudmin had a daughter called Revati. On Brahma’s advice, he gave his daughter Revati in marriage to Balarama, the elder brother of Sri Krishna. Raivata was also called Kakudmi.

The Yadavas moved to Kusasthali:

Jarasandha, was the father-in-law of Kamsa. Kamsa was Sri Krishna’s maternal uncle, who had imprisoned Sri Krishna’s parents (Devaki and Vasudeva).  Kamsa also had jailed his own father Ugrasena and taken over the throne of Mathura. Krishna and Balarama were raised secretly in Nanda gaon. Kamsa guessed this and tried many times to have the infant Krishna killed but he failed. Then when Krishna was a teenager, he and Balarama were brought back to Mathura, where Sri Krishna defeated and killed both Chanura and Kamsa. Sri Krishna put Ugrasena back on the throne.

Kamsa’s death angered Jarsandha and he went on repeatedly attacking Mathura. (Mathura was a city founded by Satrughna). Though Jarasandha was driven back 17 times, Sri Krishna felt that this was no way for the Yadavas to live.

Kusasthali became Dwaraka:

They moved to the city of Balarama’s father-in-law, Kusasthali. Then Sri Krishna called on his friend Viswakarma, the architect of the Devas. Viswakarma built the fortified city of Dwaraka for Sri Krishna. Though Sri Krishna is called the lord of Dwaraka, it was Balarama who became the king.

Dwaraka sinks into the sea  and is found again:

A few years after the Mahabharata war, Dwaraka, was reclaimed by the sea. The Archeological Survey of India started searching for this city in the 1930 and found it with the help of the Marine Archeology Unit (MAU) of the National Institute of Oceanography in 1983. The government is planning to build an under-water museum for people to look at this lost city. One estimate says this city is of 2000 BC. Though the astronomical date of Dwaraka submerging is computed around 3100 BC.

The Yadavas who used to worship Govardhana mountain, started worshipping the Raivataka mountain after moving to Dwaraka.

Location :

“The cultural and musical galaxy comprises legendary artists since the time of its first ruler King Raivata, father-in-law of Lord Balaram, from whose name Girnar’s ancient name Raivatachal or Raivatgiri has evolved. Ever since he heard the heavenly song “Atitaan” from two Gandharvas -Haha and Huhu- in the Brahma-Lok, the cultural torch lit by princess Revatee’s father (Raivata), continues to shine over Junagadh, even today!” (Source)

“Junagadh is situated under the Girnar ParvatDatar hills; one of the most picturesque towns of Gujarat. The town was called Manipur,Karnakubja,Raivata etc and at present, it is called Junagadh .” (Source)

Satelite map of Junagadh

Junagadh - Raivata

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