Lunar dynasty

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In Hindu mythology, the Lunar dynasty (Somavansha, Chandravansha) also known as Ailas is one of the four principal houses of the Kshatriya varna, or warrior–ruling caste. This legendary dynasty was descended from the moon (Soma or Chandra),[1] while the other principal houses, the Solar Dynasty (Suryavanshi) claims descent from the sun (surya),[1] the Agnivanshi claim to have been born to the fire-god Agni, and the Nagavanshi claim to be descended from the Nagas, the sacred serpents, with the term vansh referring to descent.[2]


The legendary capital of the Lunar Dynasty was Pratisthana, said to be founded by Ila.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b B. B. Paliwal (2005). Message of the Purans. Diamond Pocket Books (P) Ltd. p. 21. ISBN 9788128811746. 
  2. ^ Sir Alexander Cunningham (1879). The Stûpa of Bharhut: A Buddhist Monument Ornamented with Numerous Sculptures Illustrative of Buddhist Legend and History in the Third Century B.C.. W.H. Allen, 1879 Original from Oxford University. p. 23. 
  3. ^ Wendy Doniger (1999). Splitting the difference: gender and myth in ancient Greece and India. University of Chicago Press. pp. 273–. ISBN 978-0-226-15641-5. Retrieved 25 August 2011.