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HORACE H A Y MAN WILSON,
MEMBER OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY, OF THE ASIATIC SOCIETIES OF
FOREIGN MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FRANCE;
MEMBER OF THE IMPERIAL ACADEMIES OF ST. PETERSBURGH AND VIENNA,
AND OF THE ROYAL ACADEMIES OF MUNICH AND BERLIN;
PH. D. BRESLAU; M. D. MARBURG, ETC.;
AND BODEN PROFESSOR OF SANSKRIT IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.
VISHNU PURÁŃ A:
HINDU MYTHOLOGY AND TRADITION.
FROM THE ORIGINAL SANSKRIT,
ILLUSTRATED BY NOTES
DERIVED CHIEFLY FROM OTHER PURÁNAS,
BY THE LATE
H. H. WILSON, M.A., F.R.S.,
BODEN PROFESSOR OF SANSKRIT IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD,
TRÜBNER & CO., 60, PATERNOSTER ROW.
VISHNU PURÁŃ A.
BOOK IV. (continued).
Kings of the lunar dynasty. Origin of Soma or the Moon: he
carries off Tárá, the wife of Brihaspati: war between the gods and Asuras, in consequence: appeased by Brahmá. Birth of Budha: married to Ilá, daughter of Vaivaswata. Legend of his son Purúraras and the nymph Urvasí: the former institutes
offerings with fire: ascends to the sphere of the Gandharvas. MAITREYA. - You have given me, reverend (preceptor), an account of (the kings of) the dynasty of the Sun. I am now desirous to hear a description of the princes who trace their lineage from the Moon, and whose race is still celebrated for glorious deeds. Thou art able to relate it to me, Brahman, if thou wilt so favour me.
PARÁŠARA.—You shall hear from me, Maitreya, * an account of the illustrious family of the Moon, which has produced (many celebrated) rulers of the earth, — a race adorned by (the regal qualities of) strength, valour, magnificence, prudence, † and activity, and enumerating, amongst its monarchs, Nahusha, Yayati,
Literally, "tiger of a sage," muni-sárdúla. See Vol. III., p. 118, note g. + Dyuti and sila.