Sudāsa

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sudasa, SudAsa, Sudaasa


Sudāsa, the son of Divodāsa and a descendent of Pijavana, was a king of the Bhārata race. In the Dāśarājña episode of the Ṛgveda[1][2] he is said to have defeated the combined armies of the ten kings of races like the Pakthas, the Bhalānas, the Vaṣānins and others. His chief priest was Vasiṣṭha whereas the latter kings were guided by Viśvāmitra. The Aśvins gave him Sudevī as his queen. Indra is said to have helped him in all his invasions. He was a great king known for the generous gifts.


References

  1. Ṛgveda 7.33.3
  2. Ṛgveda 5; 7.83.8
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore