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Author:Laxman Burdak, IFS (R)

Marudha (मारुध) was a country mentioned in Mahabharata which was defeated by Sahadeva on his victory march to the south.


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Sandhya Jain[1] writes ...Marudha (मरुध) (-ka, -bhauma)h - Defeated by Sahdeva in the south (II.28.7), they may be the Madhka in Yudhisthira's army. Both 'Maru' and 'Mada' are found in inscriptions; could refer to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer states (modern Marwar). Marudhanva is a term for desert and Marudha may, derive from it.

In Mahabharata

Marudha (मारुध) is mentioned in Mahabharata (II.28.10)/(2-32-15a)

Sabha Parva, Mahabharata/Book II Chapter 28 mentions Sahadeva's march towards south: kings and tribes defeated. Marudha (मारुध) is mentioned in Mahabharata (II.28.10)/(2-32-15a).[2].....After Avanti, the hero (Sahdeva) marched towards the town of Bhojakata and there, a fierce encounter took place between him and the king of that city for two whole days. But the son of Madri (Sahdeva), vanquishing the invincible Bhismaka, then defeated in battle the king of Kosala and the ruler of the territories lying on the banks of the Venwa, as also the Kantarakas and the kings of the eastern Kosalas. The hero (Sahdeva) then defeating both the Natakeyas and the Herambakas in battle, and subjugating the country of Marudha, reduced Ramyagrama by sheer strength. And the son of Pandu then vanquished the mighty monarchs of the Nachinas and the Arbukas and the various forest king of that part of the country.


विजयेन्द्र कुमार माथुर[3] ने लेख किया है ...मारूध (AS, p.737): 'मारुधं च विनिर्जित्य रम्यग्राममथो बलात्, नाचीनानर्बुकांश्चैव राजानश्च महाबलः' महाभारत सभा पर्व 31,14. इस देश को सहदेव ने दक्षिण दिशा की दिग्विजय यात्रा के समय जीता था. इस प्रदेश की स्थिति प्रसंग अनुसार विदर्भ देश के दक्षिण में जान पड़ती है।

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