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By Jit Majumdar

Sometimes transliterated as: Dusyanta, Dusyanta, Dushyanta

  1. one who ends (destroys) vice or corruption
  2. the Candravańśa (Lunar Dynasty) monarch who was the wife of Śakuntalā, the father of Bharata, and the grandfather of Śāntanu, and thus one of the forefathers of the Bharata-Kuru Dynasty and one of the important characters of the earliest period of the Mahābhārata chronicles (also known as duşmanta); the son of King Ajamidha and Nilī (M. Bh.).