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Dirghattama Ancestry as per Bhagavata Purana

Dīrghatama (दीर्घतम) (Dirghatama) was an ancient Chandravanshi sage well-known for his philosophical verses in the Rig Veda. He was author of Suktas (hymns) 140 to 164 in the first Mandala (section) of the Rig Veda.

Ancestry of Dirghatama

PururavaAyuKshatra VriddhaSuhotraKasyaKasiRashtraDirghatamaDhanvantariKetumatBhimarathaDivodasaDyumat (Also called Pratardana Satrujit and Ritadgvaja) → Alarka + Others

Jat Clans from Dirghattama

Ora (ओरा) Aura (औरा) Ore (ओरे) Oda (ओड़ा) is a gotra of Jats found in Uttar Pradesh and Pakistan. They are considered descendants of rishi Dirghattama (दीर्घत्तमा). [1]

In Mahabharata

Bhishma tells the narrative of the birth of Dirghatama in the Mahabharata (Adi Parva, Mahabharata/SECTION CIV):[2]

There was in olden days a wise Rishi of the name of Utathya. He had a wife of the name Mamata. One day Utathya's younger brother Vrihaspati, approached Mamata. The latter, however, told her husband's younger brother that she had conceived from her connection with his elder brother and that, therefore, he should not then seek for the consummation of his wishes. Vrihaspati, succeeded not in suppressing his desire. The child who was equal unto Vrihaspati in energy, was born blind and came to be called Dirghatamas (enveloped in perpetual darkness). The wise Dirghatamas, succeeded yet by virtue of his learning, in obtaining for a wife a young and handsome Brahmana maiden of the name of Pradweshi. And having married her, the illustrious Dirghatamas, for the expansion of Utathya's race, begat upon her several children with Gautama as their eldest.

Dirghatamas laid down a rule that every woman shall have to adhere to one husband for her life. Hearing these words of her husband Pradweshi became very angry, and commanded her sons, saying, 'Throw him into the waters of Ganga!' And at the command of their mother, the wicked Gautama and his brothers, those slaves of covetousness and folly, exclaiming, 'Indeed, why should we support this old man?--'tied the Muni to a raft and committing him to the mercy of the stream returned home without compunction. The blind old man drifting along the stream on that raft, passed through the territories of many kings. One day a king named Vali conversant with every duty went to the Ganges to perform his ablutions. And as the monarch was thus engaged, the raft to which the Rishi was tied, approached him. And as it came, the king took the old man. The virtuous Vali, ever devoted to truth, then learning who the man was that was thus saved by him, chose him for raising up offspring. The rishi Dirghatama had five sons from King Bali's queen Sudeshna:Anga, Vanga, Kalinga, Pundra and Suhma,

As per Bhagavata Purana the Dirghatama Rishi produced on Bali's wife six sons: Anga, Banga, Kalinga, Sambhu, Pundra and Odhra


  1. Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudee, Kishan Singh Faujdar & Vijendra Singh Narwar: Ādhunik Jat Itihas (The modern history of Jats), Agra 1998, p.225
  2. http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01105.htm

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