Encyclopedia for Epics of Ancient India

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YADAVA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A descendant of Yadu. The Yadavas were the celebrated race in which Krishna was born. At the time of his birth they led a pastoral life, but under him they established a kingdom at Dwaraka in Gujarat. All the Yadavas who were present in that city after the death of Krishna perished in it when it was submerged by the ocean. Some few were absent, and perpetuated the race, from which many princes and chiefs still claim their descent. The great Rajas of the Vijayanagara asserted themselves as its representatives. The Vishnu Purana says of this race, "Who shall enumerate the whole of the mighty men of the Yadava race, who were tens of ten thousands and hundreds of hundred thousands in number?"

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