By Swami Harshananda
Rṣabha was the son of king Nābhi and queen Merudevī. He was a great king. He had a hundred sons from his queen Jayantī. He made over the kingdom to Bhārata, his eldest son, and retired to the forest to perform austerities in the āśrama of the sage Pulaha. The mountain peak on which he did austerities was called Rṣabhakuṭa. Due to his curse, since he did not want any noise to disturb him, the whole place became lonely and silent. He gained many yogic powers by his tapas. After attaining the goal of his life, he gave up his body in the forest fire.
- Āśrama means hermitage.
- Tapas means austerity.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore