Dowson's Classical Dictionary
of Hindu Mythology] The
Solar race. A race or lineage of Kshatriyas which sprang from Ikshwaku,
grandson of the sun. Rama was of this race, and so were many other great
kings and heroes. Many Rajputs claim descent from this and the other
great lineage, the Lunar race. The Rama of Udaypur claims to be of the
Suryavansa, and the Jharejas of Cutch and Sindh assert a descent from
the Chandravansa. There were two dynasties of the Solar race. The elder
branch, which reigned at Ayodhya, descended from Ikshwaku through his
eldest son, Vikukshi. The other dynasty, reigning at Mithila, descended
from another of Ikshwaku's sons, named Nimi.
Languages MLLL-4993. Indian Epics. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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