Generations previous to Sri Rama.

See First: Generations between Rama and Krishna.

Brahma:

  1. Brahma’s son was Pulastya, Pulastya’s son was Visravas, Visravas’s son was Ravana, who Sri Rama killed. Brahma gave Varams (boons) to Ravana and his brothers.
  2. Brahma’s son was Vasishtha, his son was Sakthi, his son was Parasara and his son was Vyasa who was older than Sri Rama.
  3. Brahma gave varams (boons) to Hiranyakasipu, Prahlada’s father.
  4. Brahma was the grandfather of Kasyapa who was the father of the Devas.
  5. The Devas were his great grandchildren as were the Daityas, Danavas, as also Ravana and his siblings and Vyasa.
  6. Brahma’s children, the sanatkumaras and Narada are known as brahmacharis.

Bhrgu: (Bhrigu also called Kavi)

  1. Bhrgu was the son of Brahma. (Mahabharata, Pauloma Parva)
  2. Bhrgu was the father of Sukracharya, the grandfather of Devayani and the great-grandfather of Yayati and the great-great-grandfather of Yadu. Indra’s daughter Jayanti was married to Bhrgu’s son Sukracharya (also called Kavya). (Devi Bhagavatham)
  3. Bhrgu was the grandfather Rchka (Richika), great-grandfather of Jamadagni, great-great-grandfather of Parasurama. Rchka was the son of Cyavana. (Mahabharata). This makes Parasurama and Yadu cousins.
  4. *Parasurama killed Kartavirya Arjuna in revenge for his murder of Jamadagni. Kartavirya Arjuna is said to be a Haihaya and Haihayas are said to be a branch of  Yadavas. I think that maybe Haihayas claimed to be Yadavas but were not Yadu’s descendants exactly. Parasurama may have been a very young cousin of Yadu. Kartavirya Arjuna proved far more powerful than Ravana in a small challenge.
  5. Bhrgu’s wife Pauloma was the mother of their son Cyavana, who married Sukanya. Sukanya was Anarta’s sister. Anarta was Raivata’s grandfather.Cyavana’s father-in-law, ie Sukanya’s  father was Saryati, and his father was Vaivaswatha Manu. That makes Saryati and Bhrgu: sambandhis or viyankulu..
  6. Bhrgu and Bharadwaja had discussions on many subjects. (Mahabharata).

Vasishtha:

  1. Vasishtha was a son (manasa putra) of Brahma.
  2. He was one of the rishis present at the time of the Ksheera Sagara Mathanam and acquired the cow Nandini that was the daughter of the cow Kamadhenu that emerged from the Ksheera Sagara Mathanam.
  3. He was a contemporary of Satyavrata Manu of the Matsya Avatar and was one of the saptarishis that was saved on the boat.
  4. He was a contemporary of Ikshwaku, Manu’s son.
  5. His wife was Arundhati.
  6. Vasistha was a contemporary of Sri Rama’s ancestors and Sita Devi’s ancestors.
  7. He was great grandfather to Vyasa and therefore, the 6th generation ancestor of the Kauravas.
  8. Vaivaswatha Manu (Satyavrata Manu) was a contemporary of Vasishtha (Matsya Avatara). His son Saryati was of Sakthi’s generation, grandson, Anarta was of Parasara’s generation, great-grandson Revata was of Vyasa’s generation. Revata’s son, Raivata Kakudmin was of Dhritarashtra’s generation. Raivata’s son-in-law Balarama and Dhrtarashtra’s sons, the Kauravas were of the same generation and very close together in age. (This is as per Bhagavatham.)
  9. Ikshvaku Sakthi and Saryati must have been of the same generation. Dasaratha must have been of Parasara’s and Anarta’s generation. Revata must have been of Vyasa’s and Sri Rama’s generation. Raivata Kakudmin of Dhrtarashtra’s and Lava Kusa’s generation. Balarama, Sri Krishna, Pandavas and the Kauravas must have been of the generation of  children of Lava and Kusa. (This is my speculation – needs to be verified with data – Satya.)
  10. Vasishtha may have been 50-60 years older than Sri Rama and may have served as a purohita for 3-4 generations of Ikshvakus prior to Sri Rama’s time. Dasaratha was definitely one of them. Therefore between Dasaratha and Ikshwaku, we cannot count too many kings.
  11. Vasistha was angry with King Nimi, Janaka’s ancestor that he employed Gauthama Maharshi in his stead for a Yajna. Satananda the Janaka’s puro-hita was the son of Gautham and Ahalya. Devarata the eldest son of Nimi received the Siva Dhanus from the Devas after the Daksha Yajna nasanam. (So Sakthi and Devarata may have been of the same generation). Gauthama was a contemporary of Nimi and Satananda was a contemporary of Raja Janaka. Devarata may have been of the generation between Nimi and Janaka, but again, we cannot count too many kings between Nimi and Janaka.
  12. Vasishtha, Vaivaswata and Nimi; Sakthi, Ikshvaku and Devarata; Parasara, Dasaratha and Janaka; Vyasa, Rama and Sita. (This is my speculation – needs to be verified with data – Satya.)
  13. Nahusha, Vasishtha; Yayati, Sakthi; Yadu, Kuru, Puru, Parasara; (No one from vasishtha’s generation? Check) Santanu, Dushyanta, Ganga, Satyavati, Sakuntala; Bhishma, Vyasa, Sarvadamana Bharata, Rama…. some issue here…….
  14. Kartavirya Arjuna was killed by Parasurama, he was a Haihaya, a descendant of Yadu as per Vishnu Purana.

Viswamitra :

  1. Madhavi, the daughter of Yayati was the wife of Viswamitra and the mother of 3 lines of kings.

Possible causes of errors in the Puranic Lineages as variously listed:

  1. Purvaja:Purvaja simply means the one born earlier. It can be an elder brother, uncle or ancestor. It need not always be taken as ancestor.
  2. Pressure on brahmans: Brahmans had to eschew wealth and power to continue their intellectual pursuits. Dependent on the Kshatriyas they had to modify the lineage lists to suit the rulers. Frequently, it only meant adding a few names in a list without altering the texts. Many Jains and Buddhists also find themselves swelling the ranks of the Ikhsvakus.

Yayati, Rama and Hanuman were contemporaries : Hanuman defended Yayati against Sri Rama’s anger by using the Rama Namam as defence against the Rama Banam. the conflict was created by Viswamitra.

In Progress.

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