Vichitra Virya

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Vichitra Virya or Vichitravirya (विचित्रवीर्य) was a Chandravanshi Kuru king of Hastinapura, who is mentioned in the great epic of the Mahābhārata. After death of Shantanu at the of around 72 and 52 years of reign, Vichitraveerya sat on the throne Hastinapura. Vichitravirya was the younger son of queen Satyavati and king Shantanu and grandfather of the Pandavas and Kaurava. His elder brother Chitrāngada, had initially succeeded their father to the throne of Hastinapura, but when he died childless, Vichitravirya succeeded him.

Genealogy

Ram Swarup Joon[1] provides genealogy of Second Branch of Yayati (Puru) dynasty in branch of Hasti (Founder of Hastinapur):

Hasti (Founder of Hastinapur) → YanaAkshayaVilaksha → → SambhaVishwamitraDevratInkaAksanSamoranKuruBarak-ShatgerJhanuSorataSorabhumJatusonWadikaAnyo-VayoDalipShantanu (From wife Satyavati) → Vichitra Virya

Jat Gotras

Bochalya (बोचल्या) Vochalya (वोचल्या) Bochalia (बोचलिया)Bochaliya (बोचलिया) - Jat gotra originated from Raja Vichitra Virya. [2]

In Mahabharata

Shantanu was a Kuru king of Hastinapura. He was a descendant of the Bharata race, of the lunar dynasty and the ancestor of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. He was the youngest son of King Pratipa of Hastinapur and had been born in the latter's old age. The eldest son Devapi suffered from leprosy and abdicated his inheritance to become a hermit. The middle son Bahlika devoted his life to conquer the old Aryan territories near Balkh and hence, Shantanu become the King of Hastinapur.

Shantanu had son Bhishma from Ganga. He also married Satyavati. Shantanu and Satyavati had two sons, Chitrāngada and Vichitravirya.

In Rigveda

The Rigveda (X.98.11) mentions about Shantanu.[3].

References

  1. Ram Swarup Joon:History_of_the_Jats/Chapter_II, p.22-28
  2. Dr Mahendra Singh Arya, Dharmpal Singh Dudee, Kishan Singh Faujdar & Vijendra Singh Narwar: Ādhunik Jat Itihas (The modern history of Jats), Agra 1998 p. 267
  3. Misra, V.S. (2007). Ancient Indian Dynasties, Mumbai: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, ISBN 81-7276-413-8, p.84

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