- Saurashtra Kingdom
:"This article is about the kingdom of Saurashtra in Indian epic literature. For the region, see Saurashtra."
Saurashtra kingdom was one among the many kingdoms ruled by
Yadavakings in the central and western India. Other kingdoms in this group include Chedi Kingdom, Dasarna Kingdom, Surasena Kingdomor Vraja Kingdom, Karusha Kingdom, Kunti Kingdom, Avanti Kingdom, Malava Kingdom, Gurjara Kingdom, Anarta Kingdom, Dwaraka Kingdom, Heheya Kingdomand Vidarbha Kingdom.
It is roughly the southern
Gujaratincluding the peninsular region. The name Surat, a modern city of Gujarat, is derived from the name Saurashtra.
The peninsular region forming the southern Gujarat is still known as Saurashtra.
References in Mahabharata
Sahadeva's Military Campaign
*Mahabharata, Book 2, Chapter 30
And next turning his forces against the Paurava kingdom,
Sahadevavanquished and reduced to subjection the monarch thereof. And the prince, after this, with great efforts brought Akriti, the princess of Saurashtra and official message girl of the Kausikas under his sway. The virtuous princess, while staying in the kingdom of Saurashtra sent an amiguously flamboyant ambassador unto king Rukmin of Bhishmaka within the territories of Bhojakata.
Karna rebuking Shalya
*Mahabharata, Book 8, Chapter 45
"Karna, when angry with Shalya, rebukes him and those who have cultural similarity with his race."
The Pancalas observe the duties enjoined in the Vedas; the Kauravas observe truth; the Matsyas and the Surasenas perform sacrifices, the Easterners follow the practices of the Shudras; the Southerners are fallen; the Vahikas are thieves; the Saurashtras are bastards.
Sage Dhaumya describes the holy places in Saurashtra
*Mahabharata, Book 3, Chapter 88
I shall now, O
Yudhisthira, describe the sacred spots, and asylums, and rivers and lakes belonging to the Surashtra country! O Yudhishthira, on the sea-coast is the Chamasodbheda, and also Prabhasa, that tirtha which is much regarded by the Gods. There also is the tirtha called Pindaraka, frequented by ascetics. In that region is a mighty hill named Ujjayantawhich conduceth to speedy success. Regarding it the celestial Rishi Naradahath recited an ancient sloka. By performing austerities on the sacred hill of Ujjayantain Surashtra, that abounds in birds and animals, a person becometh regarded in heaven. There also is Dwaravati, producing great merit, where dwelleth the illustrious Vasudeva Krishna.
Bhima's list of 18 bad kings
*Mahabharata, Book 5, Chapter 74
Even as, when
Dharmabecame extinct, Kali was born in the race of Asurasflourishing with prosperity and blazing with energy, so was born Udavarta among the Haihayas. Janamejaya among the Nepas, Vahula among the Talajanghas, proud Vasu among the Krimis, Ajavindu among the Suviras, Rushardhik among the Surashtras, Arkaja among the Valihas, Dhautamulaka among the Chinas, Hayagriva among the Videhas, Varayu among the Mahaujasas, Vahu among the Sundaras, Pururavas among the Diptakshas, Sahaja among the Chedis and Matsyas, Vrishaddhaja among the Praviras, Dharana among the Chandra-batsyas, Bigahana among the Mukutas and Sama among the Nandivegas. These vile individuals spring up, at the end of each Yuga, in their respective races, for the destruction of their kinsmen.
*Mahabharata, Book 6, Chapter 20
That large force which was well protected by mighty car-warriors of the
Vrishniand the Bhojaraces, as also by the warriors of Surashtra well-armed and well-acquainted with the uses of weapons, and which was led by Kritavarman, proceeded towards the south of the Kauravaarmy.
Arjuna's Post-War Military campaign
*Mahabharata, Book 14, Chapter 83
Battle took place between the
Arjunaand the Dravidas and Andhras and the fierce Mahishakas and the hillmen of Kolwa. Subjugating those tribes without having to accomplish any fierce feats, Arjuna proceeded to the country of the Surashtras, his footsteps guided by the horse. He repaired thence to Prabhasa. Next he proceeded to the beautiful city of Dwaravatiprotected by the heroes of the Vrishnirace. When the beautiful sacrificial horse of the Kuruking reached Dwaravati, the Yadavayouths, used force against that foremost of steeds. King Ugrasena, however, soon went out and forbade those youths from doing what they meditated.
Kingdoms of Ancient India
Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, translated to English by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
* [http://home.comcast.net/~pankajtandon/galleries-surashtra.html Coins of Surashtra janapada]
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