Sagara

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By Swami Harshananda

Sagara (‘one [who was born] with poison’)

Sagara was a king of the Sūrya-variiśa (solar race). He was the son of king Bāhuka and Yādavī.

Bāhuka was a moral wreck and hence had been conquered by Tālajaṅgha, the king of the Haihayas. When he went to the forest and started living there, his first wife Yādavī was pregnant. His second wife had administered gara or poison to her without her knowledge. This prevented Yādavī from giving birth to her child, for seven years! Meanwhile Bāhuka died of old age. When Yādavī wanted to die on his funeral pyre, the sage Aurva Bhārgava, prevented it and brought her to his own hermitage. Due to the holy atmosphere of the hermitage, she gave birth to a baby-boy who was named ‘Sagara’ (one who was born with or in spite of, gara or poison) by the sage.

When Sagara grew up into a fine young man, well-trained by Aurva Bhārgava in all arts and sciences, he learnt about the tragedy that had befallen his father Bāhuka. He then built up an army, raided Ayodhyā, defeated Tālajaṅgha and regained his paternal kingdom. He ruled the kingdom very well for several years.

He had sixty-thousand sons from his wife Vaidarbhī and one son Asamañja from his second wife Śaibyā.

Asamañja proved to be a rogue and was banished by the father.

When Sagara performed the Aśvamedha sacrifice, the horse was stolen by Indra (the king of gods), who left it in the hermitage of the great sage Kapila, in the pātāla-loka or nether world. Sagara’s sixty thousand sons while searching for the missing horse, dug up the earth up to the pātāla, found the horse, but incurred the displeasure of the sage Kapila and were reduced to ashes.

When the king Bhagīratha, a descendent of Sagara brought the river Gañgā to the earth, to save his ancestors, this huge pit was filled up and became the ocean, called ‘sāgara’ derived from ‘Sagara’.

Sagara spent his last days in the āśrama of Aurva Bhārgava.

See also bhagīratha.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

OLD CONTENT

By Swami Harshananda

Sagara (‘one [who was born] with poison’)

Sagara was a king of the Surya-vamśa (solar race). He was the son of king Bāhuka and Yādavī.

Bāhuka was a moral wreck and hence had been conquered by Tālajaṅgha, the king of the Haihayas. When he went to the forest and started living there, his first wife Yādavī was pregnant. His second wife had administered gara or poison to her without her knowledge. This prevented Yādavī from giving birth to her child, for seven years! Meanwhile Bāhuka died of old age. When Yādavī wanted to die on his funeral pyre, the sage Aurva Bhārgava, prevented it and brought her to his own hermitage. Due to the holy atmosphere of the hermitage, she gave birth to a baby-boy who was named ‘Sagara’ (one who was born with or in spite of, gara or poison) by the sage.

When Sagara grew up into a fine young man, well-trained by Aurva Bhārgava in all arts and sciences, he learnt about the tragedy that had befallen his father Bāhuka. He then built up an army, raided Ayodhyā, defeated Tālajaṅgha and regained his paternal kingdom. He ruled the kingdom very well for several years.

He had sixty-thousand sons from his

wife Vaidarbhī and one son Asamañja from his second wife Saibyā.

Asamañja proved to be a rogue and was banished by the father.

When Sagara performed the Aśvamedha sacrifice, the horse was stolen by Indra (the king of gods), who left it in the hermitage of the great sage Kapila, in the pātāla-loka or nether world. Sagara’s sixty thousand sons while searching for the missing horse, dug up the earth up to the pātāla, found the horse, but incurred the displeasure of the sage Kapila and were reduced to ashes.

When the king Bhagīratha, a descendent of Sagara brought the river Gañgā to the earth, to save his ancestors, this huge pit was filled up and became the ocean, called ‘sāgara’ derived from ‘Sagara’.

Sagara spent his last days in the āśrama of Aurva Bhārgava.

See also bhagīratha.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

OLD CONTENT

Sagara (‘one [who was born] with poison’) Sagara was a king of the Sṅrya- vaiṅśa (solar race). He was the son of king Bāhuka and Yādavī. Bāhuka was a moral wreck and hence had been conquered by Tālajaṅgha, the king of the Haihayas. When he went to the forest and started living there, his first wife Yādavī was pregnant. His second wife had administered gara or poison to her without her knowledge. This prevented Yādavī from giving birth to her child, for seven years! Meanwhile Bāhuka died of old age. When Yādavī wanted to die on his funeral pyre, the sage Aurva Bhārgava, prevented it and brought her to his own hermitage. Due to the holy atmosphere of the hermitage, she gave birth to a baby-boy who was named ‘Sagara’ (one who was born with or in spite of, gara or poison) by the sage. When Sagara grew up into a fine young man, well-trained by Aurva Bhārgava in all arts and sciences, he learnt about the tragedy that had befallen his father Bāhuka. He then built up an army, raided Ayodhyā, defeated Tāla¬jaṅgha and regained his paternal kingdom. He ruled the kingdom very well for several years. He had sixty-thousand sons from his wife Vaidarbhī and one son Asamaṅja from his second wife Saibyā. Asamaṅja proved to be a rogue and was banished by the father. When Sagara performed the Aśvamedha sacrifice, the horse was stolen by Indra (the king of gods), who left it in the hermitage of the great sage Kapila, in the pātāla-loka or nether world. Sagara’s sixty thousand sons while search¬ing for the missing horse, dug up the earth up to the pātāla, found the horse, but incurred the displeasure of the sage Kapila and were reduced to ashes. When the king Bhagīratha, a descendent of Sagara brought the river Gañgā to the earth, to save his ancestors, this huge pit was filled up and became the ocean, called ‘sāgara’ derived from ‘Sagara’. Sagara spent his last days in the āśrama of Aurva Bhārgava. See also BHAGĪRATHA.