Uttaramadra

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The Uttaramadra was the northern branch of the Madra people who are numerously referenced in ancient Sanskrit and Pali literature.

In Aitareya Brahmana (VIII.14), the Uttarakuru and the Uttaramadra tribes are stated to be living beyond Himalaya. Aitareya Brahmana also adduces these two people as an example of republican (vairajiya) janapadas or nations, where whole Janapada took the consecration of rulership.

tasmad atasyam udichya dishi ye ke ca pren himvantam janapada uttarakurva uttaramadra
iti vairajyaya te.abhishichyante
(Aitareya Brahmana, VIII/14)

The Vamsa Brahmana (1/18)[1] of the Sama Veda refers to Madrakara Shaungayani as the teacher of Aupamanyava Kamboja. Sage Shangayani Madrakara, as his name itself shows, and as the scholars have rightly pointed out, belonged to the Madra people. This connection between the Uttaramadras and the Kambojas is but natural, as they were close neighbors in the north-west (Vedic Index)).

Jean Przylusky has shown that Bahlika (Balkh) was an Iranian settlement of the Madras who were known as Bahlika-Uttaramadras.

The Kambojas, the neighbors of the Uttaramadras, here obviously refers to the Parama-Kambojas branch the Kambojas located in Trans-Hindukush regions.

From the fact that Kamboja Aupamanyava is stated to be pupil of sage Shangayani Madrakara, scholars like A. B. Keith and A. A. Macdonell of the Vedic Index as well as H. Zimmer and others postulate a possible connection of the Uttaramadras with the Kambojas who are stated to have had both Iranian as well as Indian affinities.

Zimmer, Ludwig, B. C. Law, A. D. Pusalkar and others think that Kamboja Aupamanyava was the son or descendant of sage Upamanyu of the Rig Veda (I.102.9).

References[edit]

  • Vedic Index, I. pp 84,138, II, p 61, A. B. Keith, A. A. Macdonnell,
  • Geographical Data in Early Puranas, 1972, pp 65, 164, Dr M. R. Singh,
  • History and Culture of Indian People, The Vedic Age, p 259.
  • Some Kshatriya Tribes of Ancient India, 1924, p 231,
  • Problems of Ancient India, 2000, p 6-7, K. D. Sethna.
  • India as Known to Panini, p 50, Dr V. S. Aggarwala,
  • cf also: An Ancient People of Panjab, The Udumbras, Journal Asiatique, 1926, p 11, Jean Przylusky showing that Bahlika (Balkh) was an Iranian settlement of the Madras who were known as Bahlika-Uttaramadras.