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Ancestry of Bali as per Bhagavata Purana
Ancestry of Adhiratha

Karna (कर्ण) was son of Kunti. Dhillons are called the descendants of Karna [1], the famed royal warrior mentioned in the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata and he was also the eldest son of Queen Kunti.


Srimad Bhgavatam tells us that While playing on the bank of the Ganges, Adhiratha found a baby wrapped up in a basket. The baby had been left by Kunti because he was born before she was married. Because Adhiratha had no sons, he raised this baby as his own. This son was later known as Karna. (SB9.23.13)

Mention by Panini

Karna (कर्ण) is name of a place mentioned by Panini in Ashtadhyayi under Karnadi (कर्णादि) ( group. [2]

Ancestry of Karna

Bali was a king in line of Anu son of Yayati as under:

YayatiAnuSabhanaraKalanaraJanamejayaMaha ShalaMahamanasTitikshaRushadrathaHomaSutapasBali

Bali had six sons:Anga, Banga, Kalinga, Sambhu, Pundra, and Odhra.


Chitratha was also called Romapada. He had no son. Dasaratha (father of Rama) was his friend. He gave his daughter Santa to Romapada. Santa was married to Rishi Rishya Sringa. That Rishi made a Yajna for Romapada and he had a Son Chaturanga born to him.

Chitraratha or RomapadaChaturangaPrithulakshaBrihadrathaBrihadrathaBrihanmanasJayadrathaVijayaDhritiDhritavrataSatkarmanAdhiratha

(He adopted Karna of the Mahabharata as his son, when he had been left by Kunti.)

Vrishasena was son of Karna. He was a warrior on the Kaurava side, slain by Arjuna.

Karna's son Vrishasena is described as a chief of the Angas (6,17)

The Dhillons from Karna

There was a King Karna in the Bhin-baroliya gotra too. Most Dhillons today trace their history back to Prince Dhillon[3], the first Dhillon, the grandson of Karna and great grandson of Queen Kunti.

According to the family tree of Dhillons of Amritsar, Prince Dhillon was the grandson of Mahabharat famed Karna and son of Loh Sen [4]. Karna the famed warrior mentioned in the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. Karna was killed at Kurukshetra. After Karna was killed at the Battle of Kurukshetra, his descendants first went to Rajasthan and then to Bhatinda in present-day Punjab. Even now, Dhillons are settled in large numbers in the areas of Bhatinda. They are also settled in the area of Moga, Sangrur, Ropar, Patiala and abroad.

Karnal city in Haryana is said to have been founded by the Kauravas at around the time of the Mahabharata epic for the king Karna.


  1. Satyarth Prakash - Swami Dayananda Saraswati.
  2. V. S. Agrawala: India as Known to Panini, 1953, p.502
  3. History of the Jatt Clans - H.S Duleh.
  4. Satyarth Prakash - Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

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