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King Mandhata or Mandhatri was a king of the Ikshvaku dynasty. According to the Mahabharata, he was a son of the Suryavansha king Yuvanshva.
King Yuvanaswa of Ayodhya was childless. Once, he went on a hunting expedition and in the afternoon, he became wracked with thirst. Yuvanaswa found a hermitage void of any sages and saw a pot filled with water kept there. Desperate, the king drank up all the water. Meanwhile, the Sage Bhrigu and his pupils returned to the hermitage and were surprised to see the tired king. When Bhrigu found out what Yuvanaswa did, he was alarmed.
Bhrigu told the king that the water he drank was enchanted and was meant for his wives, so that they could give birth to many sons. Since Yuvanaswa had drunk that water, he would give birth to a son who would emerge from his abdomen.
One century later, the gods came down and slit open the left side of Yuvanaswa’s abdomen and brought the baby boy. Indra, King of the Gods declared “He shall draw sustenance from me”, or “Mandhata”. Divine milk came out of Indra’s fingers and nourished Yuvanaswa’s infant son.
The milk began to accelerate the boy’s growth. Within twelve days, he resembled a twelve-year-old boy who was thirteen cubits tall. By just wishing it, Mandhata acquired the entire knowledge of the Vedas and military sciences.
Mandhata acquired an impenetrable armour, a quiver with an inexhaustible supply of arrows and the Ajagava bow (originally belonging to Shiva) which fell from the sky. Mandhata ascended the throne.
King Mandhata had the ability to control rains and riches. As a result, he abolished taxes. By mere willpower, he conquered the entire earth in one day. He proceeded to vanquish the kings Marutta, Asita, Angara, Nriga, Brihadratha, Suna, Jaya, Janamejaya, Sudhanwan, Gaya, the ruler of Gandharas and several others in battle. Mandhata conquered Patala and half of Swargaloka and became lord of the three worlds.
It is mentioned in the Mahabharata that Mandhata, the King of Ayodhya, gave away colossal statues of Rohita fish, entirely made up of pure gold to the Brahmanas as charity. He also gave away 1000’S of cows of the best breed to the Brahmanas during his sacrifices. Mandhata performed a hundred Ashwamedha Yagnas and a hundred Rajasuya Yagnas.
Mandhata was also known as Yauvanashwin (Son of Yuvanashwa) and Trassadasyu (One who was feared by the wicked). He once fought Ravana, King of Lanka in a duel, but it ended in a stalemate. Ravana was later defeated and slain by Rama, a descendant of Mandhata and the greatest Ikshvaku King of Ayodhya.
Mandhata married the Chandravanshi princess, Bindumati, the daughter of Shashabindu, King of the Yadavas. The couple had three sons and fifty daughters. Mandhata’s daughters fell in love with the handsome ascetic Saubhari and married him. Mandhata’s eldest son, Susandhi succeeded his father.
As Mandhata grew old, he became proud of his strength and desired to entirely conquer Swarga, the heavenly regions ruled by Indra. Indra was perturbed by this and told Mandhata that he had not completely conquered the earth.
Indra told Mandhata that the Asura Lavana, the son of Madhu, was not a subject to his rule. Mandhata was ashamed and invaded Madhupuri, the city of Lavanasura. Lavana possessed a divine trident given to his father by Lord Shiva. As long as he had the trident, nobody could vanquish Lavana in battle.
Lavana wielded the trident and burnt Mandhata and his forces, reducing them to ashes in an instant. Lavana was later slain by Shatrughna, a descndant of Mandhata. Shatrughna made sure that Lavana did not possess the trident at that time and killed him.
Archaeological findings, when pieced together, show Mandhata as belonging to Ishvaku – Sun Dynasty and his descendants were known as ‘Sun Dynasty Koli Kings’. They were known to be brave, illustrious and just rulers. Buddhist texts have numerous references proving this beyond doubt. The descendants of Mandhata played a vital role and our ancient Vedas, epics and other relics mention their important contributions in the art of war and state administration. They are referred to in our ancient Sanskrit books as Kulya, Kuliye, Koli Serp, Kolik, Kaul etc.