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Encyclopedia > Emperor Bharata

Bharata was the first king to conquer all of the world as known to the adherents of Hinduism, uniting it into a single entity which was named after him as Bharatavarsha. Basic beliefs What can be said to be common to all Hindus is the belief in Dharma (duties and obligations), Samsara (Reincarnation/rebirth), Karma (actions, leading to a cause and effect relationship), and Moksha (salvation) of every soul through a variety of paths, such as Bhakti (devotion), Karma (action) and... Bharatavarsha (Bharat or Bharatvarsha) is the name in Sanskrit, Hindi and the languages of India for the World, but properly the Indian subcontinent. ...


According to sources in Hindu mythology and religious works, Bharata's conquests covered all of modern India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and large parts of Persia and Afghanistan. The modern Republic of India is also named after him, as Bharat. The term Hindu mythology refers collectively to a large body of Indian literature (essentially, the mythology of Hinduism) that detail the lives and times of legendary personalities, deities and divine incarnations on earth interspersed with often large sections of philosophical and ethical discourse. ... Persia can refer to: the Western name for Iran. ... ...

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son of Dushyanta and Shakuntala

See Also: Mahabharata The Mahabharata (Devanagari: महाभारत, phonetically Mahābhārata - see note), sometimes just called Bharata, is one of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. ...


According to one legend, Bharata was the son of King Dushyanta and Shakuntala and thus a descendant of the Lunar Dynasty of the kshatriya creed. Both he and Bharata, the son of Rishabha (see below), are believed to be the person after whom India was named Bharatavarsha. He was originally christened Sarvadamana (subduer of all); the Mahabharata traces the events in his life by which he came to be known as Bharata (the Cherished). Dushyanta (or Dushyant) was an ancient king in Indian history/mythology. ... The Recognition of Sakuntala is a play in Sanskrit written by Kalidasa. ... The Kshatriyas, or the warrior and king caste in Hindu society, are divided principally into two houses: of descent from the Sun (Surya), or the Moon (Soma). ... According to the code of Manu, a Kshatriya is a member of the military or reigning order, one of four varna within the Vedic system of four groups or castes. ... Bharatavarsha (Bharat or Bharatvarsha) is the name in Sanskrit, Hindi and the languages of India for the World, but properly the Indian subcontinent. ... The Mahabharata (Devanagari: महाभारत, phonetically Mahābhārata - see note), sometimes just called Bharata, is one of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. ...


son of Rishabha

In another version from mythological sources, Bharata was the eldest son of King Lord Rishabha. Both he and Bharata, the son of Dushyanta, are believed to be the person after whom India was named Bharatavarsha. In his later years, this Bharata renounced the throne and became an ascetic in a forest. Though he had renounced most worldly desires, he is said to have become very fond of a deer fawn in the forest. Hence he is said to have been reborn as a deer, and then again reborn as Jadha Bharata in a Brahmin family. Lord Rishabha or Rishabanath who was the first Tirthankar of Jainism. ... Genera About 15 in 4 subfamilies. ... A Brahmin (pronunciation is Brahmann) is a member of the Hindu priestly caste. ...


The Bharata Race

See Also: Mahabharata, ancient India The imperial dynasties of ancient India, such as the Kauravas and Pandavas of Hastinapura, are recognized in the Mahabharata and Ramayana as the descendants of Bharata. The Mahabharata (Devanagari: महाभारत, phonetically Mahābhārata - see note), sometimes just called Bharata, is one of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. ... Prehistory The prehistory of India goes back to the old Stone age (Palaeolithic). ... Prehistory The prehistory of India goes back to the old Stone age (Palaeolithic). ... The term Kaurava is a Sanskrit term, that means the descendants of Kuru, a legendary king who is the ancestor of many of the characters of the Mahabharata. ... The Pandavas were the five sons of the king Pandu. ... In the epic Mahabharata, Hastinapura is the capital of the Kauravas, the desendents of Kuru, which include the Pandavas In the present world Hastinapura is a small town called Hastinapur, 37km from Meerut and 120km from Delhi. ... The Mahabharata (Devanagari: महाभारत, phonetically Mahābhārata - see note), sometimes just called Bharata, is one of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. ... The Ramayana (Sanskrit: march or journey (ayana) of Ram) is part of the Hindu smriti, written by Valmiki. ...


Bharata was the greatest king of the Chandravanshi (Lunar Dynasty) of the kshatriya race. The Kshatriyas, or the warrior and king caste in Hindu society, are divided principally into two houses: of descent from the Sun (Surya), or the Moon (Soma). ... According to the code of Manu, a Kshatriya is a member of the military or reigning order, one of four varna within the Vedic system of four groups or castes. ...


Literary Sources

Bharata's exploits as a child prince are dramatised in Kalidasa's poetic play The Recognition of Shakuntala. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Emperor Bharata's life and exploits are recounted in the great Hindu epic Mahabharata, in its Adi Parva. A Hindu (also spelt Hindoo) is an adherent of philosophies and scriptures of Hinduism, also known as Sanatan (सनातन) Dharma, the predominant religious, philosophical and cultural systems of Bharat (India) and Nepal and the island of Bali A popular name for India is Hindustan, or Land of the Hindus. ... The Mahabharata (Devanagari: महाभारत, phonetically Mahābhārata - see note), sometimes just called Bharata, is one of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. ...


In History

See Also: History of Early Hinduism, Vedic civilization, History of Hinduism The history of Hinduism begins around 7,000 years ago and continues till the dawn of the Gupta Empire in India, and the organized, written records and preservation of important historical documents. ... The Vedic civilization is the Indo-Aryan culture associated with the Vedas, the earliest known records of Indian history. ... This article is in need of attention. ...


Bharata's paramount position as founder of modern India is imbibed in the consciousness of Indians, but mainly through sources of Hindu mythology and Hindu religious works. Archeological evidence of Bharata's kingdom and reign is scarce. The term Hindu mythology refers collectively to a large body of Indian literature (essentially, the mythology of Hinduism) that detail the lives and times of legendary personalities, deities and divine incarnations on earth interspersed with often large sections of philosophical and ethical discourse. ...


Bharata is construed by many historians as having been an Indo-Aryan king, and as king he unified all of the Indian subcontinent with the Dravidian peoples and other indigenous peoples as his subjects. The Indo-Aryan languages form a subgroup of the Indo-Iranian languages, thus belonging to the Indo-European family of languages. ... Dravidian may refer to: A group of people who came through Arabia to settle on the Asian mainland at the Strait of Hormuz and on the Indus river in what is now Afghanistan. ...


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The term Hindu mythology refers collectively to a large body of Indian literature (essentially, the mythology of Hinduism) that detail the lives and times of legendary personalities, deities and divine incarnations on earth interspersed with often large sections of philosophical and ethical discourse. ... The Mahabharata (Devanagari: महाभारत, phonetically Mahābhārata - see note), sometimes just called Bharata, is one of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. ... The Ramayana (Sanskrit: march or journey (ayana) of Ram) is part of the Hindu smriti, written by Valmiki. ... Prehistory The prehistory of India goes back to the old Stone age (Palaeolithic). ... The History of India can be traced in fragments as far back as 700,000 years ago. ... This article is in need of attention. ... The history of Hinduism begins around 7,000 years ago and continues till the dawn of the Gupta Empire in India, and the organized, written records and preservation of important historical documents. ...

Hinduism | Hindu mythology | Itihasa
Male Deities: Brahma | Vishnu | Shiva | Rama | Krishna | Ganesha | Indra | Lakshman | Hanuman
Female Deities: Gayatri | Lakshmi | Saraswati | Durga | Devi | Sita | Radha | Kali | Parvati | Shakti
Texts: Vedas | Upanishads | Puranas | Ramayana | Mahabharata

 
 

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