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Bahuka (बाहुक) was a Nagavanshi King of the race Kauravya.

Bahuka (बाहुक) or Bahu (बाहु) was a Suryavanshi King, son of Vrika. He had been 33 generations earlier than Rama of Ramayana. According to the Puranas, he was son of Vrika. But the Ramayana mentions him as Asita, son of Bharata. According to this text, he had two queens, one of them was Kalindi.[1] He was vanquished and driven out of his country by the tribes of Haihayas and Talajanghas and took refuge in the forest near the hermitage of Agni, a descendant of Urva. His son, Sagara was born in this hermitage.[2]

Jat Gotras from Bahuka

  • Burdak - Mahendra Singh Arya et all consider Burdaks to be the descendants of Maharaja Bahuka (बाहुक). [3]

Bahuka Ancestry in Bhagavata Purana

Haris ChandraRohitaHaritaChampa (Founder of Champa) → SudevaVijayaBharukaVrikaBahuka

His enemies dispossessed Bahuka of his kingdom. He went to the forest accompanied by his wives. When he died, the eldest queen prepared herself for death also. Rishi Aurva knew her to be big with child, and dissuaded her from accompanying her husband on to the funeral pyre. The co-wives of the queen, out of jealousy, gave her poison. The child was born with this poison, therefore he was called Sagara (Sa = with, gara = poison.) Sagara became a great king. The Seas were dug by his sons. He was prevented by Rishi Aurva from taking the lives of the Talajanghas, Yavanas, Sakas, Haihayas, and Barbars. But he made them change their outward look. He performed an Asvamedha sacrifice as advised by Aurva and Indra stole the sacrificial horse.

BahukaSagara (m.Kesini) → AsamanjasAnsumatDilipaBhagirathaSrutaNabhaSindhudwipaAyutayuRituparna (Friend of Nala) → SarvakamaSudasSoudasa or Mitrasaha or Kalamasapada (m.Madayanti)

Bahuka in Nagavansha

Adi Parva, Mahabharata/Mahabharata Book I Chapter 57 gives the Names of all those Nagas that fell into the fire of the snake-sacrifice:Bahuka (बाहुक) was from Nagas of race of Kauravya.

ऐण्डिलः कुण्डलॊ मुण्डॊ वेणि सकन्धः कुमारकः
बाहुकः शृङ्गवेगश च धूर्तकः पातपातरौ Mahabharata (1.57.12)


  1. Pargiter, F.E. (1972). Ancient Indian Historical Tradition, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, pp.19, 134.
  2. Misra, V.S. (2007). Ancient Indian Dynasties, Mumbai: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, ISBN 81-7276-413-8, pp.231-2.
  3. Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudee, Kishan Singh Faujdar & Vijendra Singh Narwar: Ādhunik Jat Itihas (The modern history of Jats), Agra 1998 p. 269

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