Encyclopedia for Epics of Ancient India

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IKSHWAKU. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] Son of the Manu Vaivaswat, who was son of Vivaswat, the sun. "He was born from the nostril of the Manu as he happened to sneeze." Ikshwaku was founder of the Solar race of kings, and he reigned in Ayodhya at the beginning of the second Yuga or age. He had a hundred sons, of whom the eldest was Vikukshi. Another son, named Nimi, founded the Mithila dynasty. According to Max Muller the name is mentioned once, and only once, in the Rigveda. Respecting this he adds: "I take it, not as the name of a king, but as the name of a people, probably the people who inhabited Bhajeratha, the country washed by the northern Ganga or Bhagirathi." Others place the Ikshwakus in the northwest.

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